A new clinic to treat children who are unwell outside of GP surgery hours has opened at the Carfax NHS Medical Centre in the town centre.
The clinic is open from 5pm to 8pm Monday through to Friday, so that parents and carers of children can get access to advice or non-emergency treatment that same evening.
The service, staffed by nurses experienced in dealing with children, is aimed at children with common but not life-threatening, conditions. It means that any parent or carer who is concerned and feels their child should see a health practitioner that same day can ring the clinic and make an appointment, after assessment by telephone.
The clinic, which is a pilot scheme, is being run by the Carfax Health Enterprise and SEQOL, two social enterprises that deliver healthcare in Swindon.
The aim is to prevent parents and carers making an unnecessary trip with an unwell child to the Emergency Department at the Great Western Hospital.
Bob Sanderson, director of unscheduled care at Carfax Health Enterprise, said the clinic should reassure parents who feel a child’s medical problem can’t wait until their GP surgery re-opens.
“No family wants to have to take their child to the hospital’s busy emergency department if an alternative exists,” said Bob Sanderson.
“This service is being delivered by nurses from Carfax Medical Centre and SEQOL, with GP support. Being in the town centre with parking nearby is easy to get to by car or public transport.”
Jan Trethewey, customer experience director at SEQOL, said it is hoped that the clinic will reassure parents and carers and help them access advice and treatment for non-life threatening conditions when they need it most.
“This clinic will be piloted until May so that we can test if it is useful in managing childhood illnesses,” she said.
If your child is ill and you are anxious for prompt medical advice or treatment, call the clinic on 01793 646466.