"Lack of Services of the Storey Street Walk-In Centre, Hull"
About: Hull Teaching PCT Hull Teaching PCT Hull HU1 3HA
Posted by PaulJW (as ),
Today my child developed a nasty discharge from the ear, having had recurrent ear infections due to previous surgery, I am very aware of the symptoms and the need to see a GP.
Due to it being Friday afternoon I knew I would not be able to get an appointment with my own GP and therefore took my child the the "GP" walk-in centre in the Hull city centre.
We arrived at 3pm only to be told that the doctor had been called to a home visit and would not be back before the walk-in centre closed at 8pm.
I find it hard to believe that the home visit would take 5 hours and feel it is unacceptable that a GP walk-in centre does not have access to a GP.
A couple of weeks ago, my relative took their child there at the weekend as they had been bitten by a dog and needed a tetanus booster.No tetanus vaccine was available and so they had to go to A&E.
Walk-in centres are a great idea, but do need to be able to offer the necessary services if they want people to stop attending A&E inappropriately.