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WALK-in clinics for people with minor injuries have been launched to take the strain off Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Nine GP surgeries in the Havant and Waterlooville areas are providing the service to treat injuries such as cuts or dislocations.

It comes as a victory for campaigners who have been fighting for years for minor injury services in Havant.

The clinics are part of a package of health improvements coming to the area, including the Oak Park Community Clinic.

NHS Hampshire has finally got the green light with formal approval from South Central Strategic Health Authority.

It means building work could start on the Lavant Drive site next month – with a planned opening date of the autumn of next year.

Inger Hebden, director of capital planning at NHS Hampshire, said: ‘The approval means we can now start to put all of our exciting plans in place.

‘We are really excited we can start the work for the different projects, especially as we are planning the building work will start next month.’

The community hospital will emerge through the complete redevelopment of Oak Park Children’s Centre, a £4m facility in Lavant Drive, which will have a new extension and front built.

The clinic will take up to 24,000 outpatient appointments, as well as providing X-rays, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and MRI.

The clinic will also provide a new purpose built home for the Rapid Assessment Service that was launched in February and is temporarily based at Havant Health Centre.

There will also be a nursing care centre and extra care housing on the site.

The development will include 20 beds providing support for patients to help regain their independence following a hospital stay.

Instead of waiting until the new nursing centre is ready, NHS Hampshire will commission 10 intermediate care beds in nursing homes in the Havant area.

These will replace the beds at Havant War Memorial Hospital, which is set to close, although a final date has not been announced.

The minor injury service will be offered between 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, at The Clanfield Surgery, Cowplain Family Practice, Emsworth Practice, Forest End Surgery, The Homewell Practice, Horndean Practice, Middle Park Medical Centre, Queenswood Surgery, and Rowlands Castle Surgery.

No appointment is necessary.