New out of hours service for children in South Wiltshire
A new out of hours GP service for children in and around Salisbury has been launched this week. Parents of children aged 0-10 can now book a same day appointment to see a GP at the Salisbury Walk In Health Centre.
This extended service will provide out of hours GP health advice and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries and will provide parents with a local alternative to A&E when their child is ill.
Dr Chet Sheth, spokesperson for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and GP at St Anne Street practice comments: “We understand how worrying it is for parents to have a sick child especially when local GP surgeries are closed. Often the default for parents is to take their poorly child to A&E. This isn’t always the best place for them and quite often it’s local community health advice and treatment that is needed.
“This new out of hours service is designed to reduce some of the pressure seen at A&E over the winter months and to provide parents with accessible, local, health advice and treatment.
“At this stage this service is just a pilot, which will run until the end of March 2016. We’re hopeful that the pilot will see positive results both in take up and in reducing attendances at A&E for this particular age group.”
Parents should ring 111 in the first instance. If necessary the call handler will then advise parents to contact the Salisbury Walk In Centre to make a same day appointment. If however, your child has a serious or life threatening condition please call 999.
The service is available for children under 10 years old who live in the south of the county. The daily service will run Monday to Friday 18:00 – 22:00 and Saturday and Sunday 16:00 – 20:00. In the initial stages of the pilot during December the service will not run at the weekend. The Salisbury Walk in Centre can be found at Avon Approach, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SL.