Temporary changes to local healthcare services are being introduced in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland with immediate effect.
Urgent care services in Leicester will only be available by appointment at the Merlyn Vaz Hub on Spinney Hill Road and at the Westcotes Health Hub on Fosse Road South.
In Leicestershire, urgent care services will be available through the Loughborough and Oadby care centres.
GP practices, pharmacies and NHS 111 online and telephone services will be available as normal.
A summary of the changes are outlined below. With immediate effect, the following locations only will be open for the provision of urgent care services:
|Loughborough Urgent Care Centre||24 hours a day 7 days a week|
|Oadby Urgent Care Centre||Saturday-Sunday: 8am-10pm; Monday-Friday: 8am-9pm|
|Merlyn Vaz Hub (appointment only)||Monday-Sunday: 8am-10pm|
|Westcotes Healthcare Hub (appointment only)||Monday-Sunday: 8am-10pm|
The following services will be suspended: the hubs at Enderby, Melton Mowbray, Lutterworth, Oakham, Market Harborough, Coalville, Hinckley, Belgrave (Brandon Street) and Saffron Lane.
The changes are necessary to make the best use of clinical teams and other health staff by basing them at fewer locations during the coronavirus outbreak.
By doing this, the NHS can continue to provide services safely for patients and lower the risk of infection by reducing patient movement across services.
The changes are temporary, will be regularly reviewed and local people will be kept informed of developments.