Use local urgent care centre - MP

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery is urging his constituents to make the best use of the local urgent care centre at the Wansbeck General Hospital this winter if they need treatment for minor ailments.

The MP is backing Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s campaign advising which services to use this winter and is keen to remind local people of the care available at the 24 hour walk-in service at the Ashington hospital.

Recently he met the Trust’s chief executive David Evans to hear about the positive impact being made by the new Northumbria Hospital in Cramlington, which is the first of its kind to provide seven-day consultant-led care for seriously ill or injured patients.

However, to keep the Cramlington hospital free for those patients who need it most, Mr Lavery is reminding people to follow the Trust’s advice and continue using the Wansbeck Urgent Care Centre for things which are not serious or immediately life-threatening.

“It is important that everyone is aware of the walk-in service available at Wansbeck General Hospital,” said Mr Lavery.

“The Trust has done an excellent job of communicating the changes that took place when the new Northumbria hospital opened last summer but we all have a responsibility for using the services wisely.

“For people with less serious problems, the service at Wansbeck is first-class.”