Putnoe Walk-in Centre safe until 2024 but Councillor says permanent solution must be found

Putnoe Medical Centre
Putnoe walk-in centre

A local councillor has welcomed the news that Putnoe Walk-In Cente will remain open until at least March 2024, but says that the service must be secured on a permanent basis to avoid ongoing uncertainty.

It was confirmed today (Wednesday) that the centre’s contract has been extended to 31 March 2024 by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board (ICB).

The current opening hours for the walk-in centre remain the same.

In a statement, the ICB said: “The staff at Putnoe Walk-in Centre and the ICB will be working with other primary care health providers and local communities to co-design the future model of same-day urgent primary care across the BLMK footprint in the period leading up to March 2024.”

Cllr Michael Headley (Lib Dem, Putnoe) told the Bedford Independent: “This is a vital service for residents right across the Borough and I know many people in Putnoe ward have been concerned that its future has been so uncertain for so long.

“The extension to 2024 is very good news and I’d like to thank the many people that have contributed to the campaign to save the centre over the years.

“However, we need to get away from having to face this uncertainty every couple of years and see the service secured on a permanent basis.”

Practice manager, Sam Paul said: “We are pleased that the extension to our contract means that we have continuity for the next 16 months for the Walk-In Centre, after a very challenging period through the Covid pandemic when we remained open every day.

“We are delighted that we can continue to provide this valuable same-day walk-in access to the patients who value this service so much. It also provides stability for us, our hard-working staff, and our patients (both registered and non-registered).

“We look forward to working with the ICB, our patients and other stakeholders to develop the local plans for urgent care in the future.”

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