Enderby Leisure Centre to host new urgent care services

ELR CCG Integrated Governance Committee has approved a proposal to introduce urgent care services based in Enderby Leisure Centre.

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group’s (ELR CCG) Integrated Governance Committee (PCCC) has approved a proposal to introduce urgent care services based in Enderby Leisure Centre.

Earlier in the year the CCG considered the views of residents and identified a large demand for services in the Blaby district area, with more than 1,600 patients a year travelling to other sites within East Leicestershire and Rutland for out-of-hours care. The decision to introduce a new service was taken and the CCG invited patients and stakeholders to say which of two shortlisted locations they felt would be most appropriate for the new service. Listening Booth sessions were held at several locations across Blaby district, including the two potential sites, as well as an online questionnaire being made available to all residents across the ELRCCG area.

Glenfield Surgery and Enderby Leisure Centre had been identified from a long list of potential locations as being suitable. Over seven hundred people shared their views and two-thirds felt Enderby was the best option due to its more central location. The reasons for choosing a preferred option were also taken into account in making the decision to use the leisure centre.

The new centre will see services provided for patients at times when GP practices are closed – on weekday evenings from 6:30pm to 9pm and at weekends and on bank holidays from 9am to 7pm. Patients will be able to walk-in to access healthcare, and appointments will be offered to those calling NHS 111 if their symptoms require it. Patients will also be able to pre-book weekday evening, weekend and bank holiday appointments via their GP practice.

ELRCCG’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer Paula Vaughan said “Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their views with us on this. We are pleased to announce that the new service will be based at Enderby Leisure Centre. We know that this type of locally based service is valued very highly by our residents. Patients in the area will no longer have to travel outside the district to access urgent care when their GP surgery is closed.”

Following a rigorous selection process, Derbyshire Health United, in partnership with the East Leicestershire and Rutland GP Federation, provides all existing urgent care services across the ELRCCG area and has been named as the provider of the new centre. Work will begin on converting rooms in the leisure centre in early 2019 and patients will be able to begin using the new facility from April.