STRUCTURE: The running of a nurse-led walk-in service will transfer from the local out of hours provider to a GP practice next month, the primary care trust has announced.

The White Cliffs Medical Centre will provide the four-hour session, one day a week service at Elvington Community Centre from April. The practice has agreed to run it for the next financial year.

The service is currently being provided under a pilot scheme by out of hours provider South East Health.  

It allows patients to drop in for treatment of a range of minor illness and injuries plus access to family planning, sexual health, phlebotomy and smoking cessation services.

The PCT originally launched a pilot to provide a nurse-led walk-in service in the village of Elvington for 12 hours a week in November 2009, but a review of uptake suggested it was not delivering a value for money service.

Subsequently, NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent commissioned South East Health Ltd to run a one day a week four-hour session, which the PCT said has proved much more effective.

Lead commissioner for community services Ruth Brown said: “South East Health Ltd has worked very hard on the pilot service and NHS Eastern and Coastal Kent is grateful for its support.”