The opening hours of West Lancashire Health Centre and Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre will change from Monday 5th December 2016.
West Lancashire Health Centre, which is at Ormskirk hospital, will continue to open at 8am every day but the last booking to see a nurse will now be 7.30pm instead of 9pm.
Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre at The Concourse will open an hour later at 8am with the last booking to see a nurse changing to 7.30pm, instead of 9pm, Monday to Friday. Weekend opening times of 9am to 5pm remain the same.
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West Lancashire Health Centre
Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ
8am to 7.30pm (Mon-Sun)
8am to 9pm*
Skelmerdale Walk-in Centre
Skelmerdale, L39 2AZ
8am to 7.30pm (Mon-Fri)
9am to 5pm (Sat – Sun)
7am to 9pm*
* Note: closing times are last bookings to see a nurse
Interim Chief Executive Iain McInnes said: “Through a combination of sickness and vacant posts we are unable to fill, the Trust has experienced a severe shortage of appropriate clinical staff at both walk-in centres.
“We have had no alternative but to adapt the opening hours to fit the staff we have available and maintain a safe service for patients. We will, however, keep staffing under regular review.
“Only a very small number of patients choose to use these services in the late evening but I want to apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced.”
Anyone who thinks they need medical help outside the walk-in centre opening hours should examine their options.
When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.
For more information please visit www.examineyouroptions.info.