KEEP it where it is – that was the message from people at the first in a series of drop-in sessions on the future of a walk-in health centre.
As part of a three-month consultation, the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group is holding the sessions at Cascades shopping centre.
The first was held yesterday and people visited to give their views on the future of the Guildhall walk-in centre.
Jan Dod, of Brougham Road, Southsea, said: ‘I use the GP practice, as do my neighbours, and we would like to see it stay open.
‘It’s in a central location and you don’t need a car to get there, and is accessible via public transport.’
Lisa Pegg, 46, a volunteer who lives in Southsea, said: ‘I don’t get why something is being broken up that is working well. I’d be really sad to see it go.’ And Susan Dolman, of Gloucester View, Southsea, said: ‘I registered there because it is open 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s an excellent service.’
The Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre has a walk-in service and a GP surgery.
The CCG is looking at making a change as the contract is up for renewal in March next year.
There are four options. One is for the services to remain as they are, while the other three involve the walk-in centre moving to St Mary’s Treatment Centre.
Those three choices for the GP practice, which has 7,000 registered patients, would be for it to stay where it is, move to another location, or close entirely and patients register elsewhere.
The CCG’s preferred option is to move the walk-in centre to St Mary’s, and for the GP practice to move to a city centre location, such as the John Pound Centre, in Queen Street, or the Somers Town Central hub.
The CCG said plans to move it are being discussed as surveys carried out found patients were confused by the different services the walk-in centres offer, and that it is not a cost-cutting exercise.
The other drop-in sessions in Cascades shopping centre, run from 10am to 3pm, on December 18, January 12, and February 19.
For further details go to portsmouthccg.nhs.uk/guildhallwalk