PATIENTS will be able to use a state-of-the-art medical centre after a walk-in centre was relocated.
The walk-in centre in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, allows people to see a doctor or nurse between 8am-8pm seven days a week, without the need for an appointment.
As from today, the service is now based at One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road.
The move will join existing services which include four GP practices, an out-of-hours service and dentistry and pharmacy services.
Patients will still be able to see a nurse or doctor without an appointment from 8am to 8pm every day, including bank holidays.
Patients do not need to register to use the service and can access the service while still remaining registered with their current family doctor.
As well as increasing access to GP services, the Hartlepool NHS Healthcare Centre, run by Assura Hartlepool, provides patients with greater choice to receive advice and treatment for a wide range of minor injuries and illnesses.
One Life Hartlepool, run by Hartlepool NHS Healthcare Centre, was opened in 2009 as part of NHS Hartlepool’s programme to increase access to local family health services.
Dr John Howe, a local GP and board member of Assura Hartlepool, said: “We are delighted to be moving into the state-of-the-art One Life Hartlepool on Park Road where we will be at the heart of a range of local services.
“Hartlepool NHS Healthcare Centre provides patients in Hartlepool with high quality, easy and convenient access from 8am to 8pm to a GP or nurse when they need it.
“Patients can walk in when they choose and do not need to be registered to use our service.”
Ali Wilson, director of commissioning and systems development for NHS Hartlepool, said: “NHS Hartlepool is delighted to be working in conjunction with Assura Hartlepool in planning for the next steps in providing a one stop NHS urgent care facility, ensuring that patients have access to high quality care.
“The move is another piece in the Momentum:Pathways to Healthcare Programme and will see local urgent care services provided from a single building, One Life Hartlepool.”