City’s new super-surgery now open

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: LIFT, News stories | Tags: , |

Lincolnshire Echo | Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Patients unable to see their own family doctor took a trip to Lincoln’s new NHS walk-in centre.

The city’s new super-surgery at 63 Monks Road – opposite Lincoln College – opened its doors to the public yesterday.

And for the first time non-urgent patients could guarantee access to a GP between the hours of 8am and 8pm without an appointment.

One of the centre’s first visitors was Jason Marris (37), who is a registered patient at Lincoln’s Newland Health Centre.

Mr Marris, of nearby Baggholme Road, had surgery on his shoulder last week and needed a dressing changing.

“Although I am registered with a GP I would have to make an appointment with the practice nurse later in the week,” he said.

“My shoulder jars when I walk any distance so I would have to get a taxi to Newland.

“But this is perfect for me as it is round the corner and I don’t have to plan ahead to have the dressing changed.

“I walked past at the weekend and saw the sign and thought ‘brilliant’.”

The walk-in centre is designed for city workers, people not registered with a GP and visitors to Lincoln.

It is expected to attract 20,000 patients in its first year of opening.

The centre opens for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, everyday of the year with the exception of Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

Staffed mainly by nurse practitioners, who can prescribe most drugs, a GP from the nearby Arboretum Surgery can be accessed by the centre between the hours of 8am and 2.30pm each weekday.

But between 2.30pm and 8pm on weekdays and throughout the weekend there is a GP based at the walk-in centre.

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