Two NHS centres in Derby saved from closure

Waiting room at one of the two centres
Image caption The centres will stay open for at least two more years

Two NHS walk-in centres in Derby have been saved from closure after health bosses responded to local opposition to the move.

Following a review of services, health bosses considered the possible closure of either the Derby open access centre or a nearby walk-in facility.

About 5,000 people signed a petition in support of keeping the centres, and health chiefs held a consultation.

NHS Derby City has confirmed they can stay open for at least two more years.

Angus Maitland, NHS Derby City Director of Strategy and Market Management, said: "We had over 2,000 responses and a petition. Our conclusions after that are that we are going to keep both centres open for a minimum of two years while we reflect further on the consultation responses.

"We're very pleased that this maintains the services in what's going to be a difficult financial time."

The Derby Open Access Centre offers local people access to a GP on a walk-in basis 365 days a year.

Aftab Rehman, who runs the nearby Pear Tree Pharmacy, said: "The sheer number of people who wrote in, who commented, have said that there's a clear need for this and I think that's hopefully swayed the situation a bit.

"And this is great news, fantastic news."

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