A walk-in centre in Surrey, which was severely damaged by fire earlier this week, will not open again for the foreseeable future with many of its nurse-led services and clinics redirected to other sites.
Fire crews were called to Weybridge Hospital and Walk-in Centre late on Tuesday night. Images on social medial showed the three-story building, which is only open during the day, engulfed in flames.
“Unfortunately, the building… has been severely damaged and will not be re-opening in the near future”
No patients or staff were injured during the incident, according to a joint statement issued on 12 July by local NHS organisations.
The site, which is run by the social enterprise CSH Surrey, hosts a number of adult and child services, including some provided by Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
As well as acting as a hub for community teams, services include treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, imaging facilities and two GP practices.
In the statement, the two providers and North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Fortunately there were no casualties, local health partners are working together to ensure continuity of care for any patients requiring urgent care.
“Unfortunately, the building, which houses two local GP practices, the Weybridge Walk-in Centre and a number of other services such as imaging and physiotherapy, has been severely damaged and will not be re-opening in the near future,” it said.
“In the short-term, contingency plans are being put in place for local services including the two GP practices, Church Street and Rowan practices. More information will be put out as soon as possible,” it added.
Patients in Weybridge who needed advice or treatment for minor illnesses or injuries were advised to go to the walk-in centres at Woking or Ashford hospitals, but only if “absolutely necessary”.
In addition, patients in the Weybridge area who have previously been referred for an x-ray by their GP were advised go to Walton Commmunity Hospital x-ray department.
However, CSH Surrey noted that the Weybridge and Walton Health Visiting team was still able to run a service, despite having to be relocated due to the fire.
The provider said child health clinics that were held in Weybridge Hospital were being rearranged and that health visitors would contact families that were due to have a home visit.
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