Hartlepool health service changes come into effect this weekend

The One Life Centre
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A new urgent care service for illness and minor injuries comes into effect in Hartlepool this weekend.

Changes are being made to the way patients are dealt with across the town and in Stockton.

The walk-in service and minor injuries service at One Life Hartlepool will close at the end of business tomorrow, but other services at the centre will remain.

Stockton's Tithebarn House will also close its walk-in service tomorrow, though the GP surgery will remain open.

From Saturday morning, walk-in and minor injuries services will provided in the new integrated urgent care centres at the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The 24/7, GP-led facility will be provided as an alliance by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Hartlepool and Stockton Health (the local GP Federation) and North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, from the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

It will include out of hours services, where patients can see a GP or urgent care practitioner for urgent care needs or minor injuries.

Patients are unwell should book an appointment first by phoning 111. Anyone with a minor injury, you should walk in to the service.

Patients will continue to access their own GP practice as they do now. However, when local practices are closed, you should call 111 for an appointment with the urgent care service.

Anyone unsure about whether they need to see their normal GP (doctor) or attend an urgent care centre should call NHS 111 for advice