Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Middleton Walk-in Centre to meet staff and patients and lend my support to the 'Save Our Walk-in Centre' campaign.
The centre serves over 22,000 patients each year, but is threatened with closure under a review of services by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
There has been overwhelming support for the campaign to save the centre since it was launched on September 30th, and more than 2000 people have signed the petition. I spent the morning there talking to staff and patients and it is clear to me that people are very worried about losing the excellent services it provides.
I appreciate that the CCG have outlined an alternative structure for health services across Middleton should they decide to close the centre, but I would urge them to listen to patients, consult fully with the public and local health workers, and to keep in mind their concerns when making the final decision.
For more information about the 'Save Our Walk-in Centre' campaign and to sign the petition, visit their website at middletonhealthcentre.org.uk