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Walk-in Centres

NHS Walk-in Centres give you fast access to health advice and treatment. They are open to anyone on a drop-in basis. They are usually open seven days a week from early morning to late evening, 365 days a year.

They provide access to a range of NHS services. Experienced NHS nurses are available to treat a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, and infections, as well as minor injuries like strains, sprains and cuts. They provide information, (such as opening times, contact numbers etc.) for all other local health services, including pharmacies, dental services and out-of-hours GP services.

Walk-in centres work closely with local health services, including NHS Direct, A&E, Social Services and local primary care teams, as well as voluntary organisations and so can direct you to many other services.

They do not take the place of the local GP or hospital services, but work alongside them.

You can find your local walk – in centre by phoning NHS Direct (0845 4647) or by following the link on the NHS Gateway website.

 NHS Walk in Centres have treated over 5 million people since they were introduced in 2000. 57 Walk in Centres are now open across the country (Nov 2004). 25 sites are currently being developed, with 7 new sites being set up in or around railway and tube stations in London, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds.