NHS walk-in centres offer fast and convenient access to healthcare advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses.
They have been introduced to help anyone whose modern, busy lifestyle, or practical circumstances and particular needs, make flexible and accessible services so important.
They don’t replace local GP or hospital services but complement existing local services.
You can visit your local NHS Walk-in centre if:
- you have a cuts, grazes and wounds
- you have a sprains, strains, muscle or joint injury
- you have a broken bones (fractures),
- you have a skin complaint – bite or sting (including human bites), unexplained rash or even severe sunburn
- you have a minor infection which needs treating
- you need emergency contraception
- you have a minor head injury
- you have a eye problems, such as minor eye infections, scratches or something that is stuck in your eye.
Conditions that Walk-in centres cannot treat include:
- chest pain,
- respiratory problems,
- abdominal pain,
- gynecological problems,
- pregnancy problems,
- drug overdose,
- alcohol related problems,
- mental health problems, and
- health conditions that would normally be treated by your GP or hospital.
No appointment is needed and assessments are carried out by experienced NHS nurses who provide a skilled, safe and caring service.
NHS walk-in centres are open and available to anyone who can normally access NHS services.