Following the recent publication of letters from Councillor Adam Wilkinson, entitled “mad to close such a well-used service”, and six other Councillors (“We must remain vigilant over walk-in centres”), I would like to clarify the position in relation to the provision of walk-in services at Calder Community Practice in Todmorden and at the Park Community Practice in Horne Street, Halifax.
The two surgeries currently provide two important facilities: primary care (family doctor) services for the routine or urgent care needs of registered patients living in the locality, and “walk-in” services for any member of the public whether registered there or not. Some time ago Care UK – the current service provider – sought mutual termination of its GP and walk-in service contracts with our predecessor organisation, Calderdale Primary Care Trust. Despite this, I am confident that NHS England – which is now responsible for commissioning GP services – has arrangements in place to ensure that the provision of primary care services will continue on these two sites. In terms of the walk-in element of the service, we are working with our partners to secure a long-term solution for urgent care services which best meet the needs of people living in Calderdale. Over the past few months, therefore, the CCG has been working closely with local people, groups and organisations to understand their usage and perceptions of urgent care services, including those currently provided by the walk-in service. Around 2500 people have taken part.
Chief Officer of Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group