Urgent care services used by 4,000 patients in first month

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A total of 4,000 patients have been seen in the first month of new urgent care services across parts of Leicestershire and Rutland.

The figure (for April) relates to people seen when GP surgeries are closed in the evening, at weekends and during bank holidays.

Urgent care is for people who need medical help quickly for minor injuries and illnesses, but not emergencies.

In Melton - during evenings, weekends and bank holidays - urgent care services are now provided at Melton Hospital (weekdays 5pm-9pm and weekends/bank holidays 9am-7pm).

Dr Girish Purohit is governing body member for the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) and its clinical lead on urgent care. The group plans and pays for local health services.

He said: “The urgent care service was based on what people asked us for – to be treated quickly and locally for urgent but not life-threatening illnesses and injuries – and we’re delighted to see people are making us of the new service.

“Over the coming months we will be continuing to promote the service and we’re asking people to do their bit by passing on information about the service to their friends and family living in the area.”