Opening hours are being extended at Sheffield’s NHS Walk-In centre in a bid to reduce pressure on the city’s over-stretched A&E services.
Health bosses have announced the centre’s opening hours are being extended to midnight on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays until the end of January.
The centre on Broad Lane is normally only open until 10pm.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is also continuing to run a free courtesy bus from A&E to the both the Walk in Centre on Broad Lane or the Minor Injuries Unit at Royal Hallamshire Hospital who are able to treat patients more quickly than A&E in most cases.
Michael Harper, chief operating officer at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “A&E is for emergencies only and doctors must prioritise seeing the sickest patients with serious and life-threatening conditions first. We want to ensure all patients get the most timely treatment possible and we hope people will support us by choosing the most appropriate place to go for treatment according to the severity of their conditions.
“We hope the shuttle bus and additional opening hours at the Walk in Centre will help us in managing the extra demand.”
It follows mounting pressure on the city’s casualty departments this winter. Sheffield Children’s Hospital A&E department recorded its ‘busiest-ever day’ on Sunday, December 14, and was more than 30 per cent busier than normal last month.