Chairman's Comments

Chairman’s statement: Closure of walk-in centre at Accrington Victoria

I recall vividly from my days as Chief Executive of Hyndburn Council the fierce loyalty that people felt to the ‘Accy Vic’, and was pleased to have a part in ensuring that it became a community hospital.

Mike Wedgeworth, Interim Chairman

So I can understand the mixed feelings that many will have about the plan to close the walk-in centre after the contract for the service ends in March.

But I honestly believe that the new arrangements, a new health hub in Hyndburn, will be much better for local people, and that Accy Vic’s other work will continue.

At any rate, Healthwatch Lancashire will be keeping a close eye on what happens. We always seek to champion the patients’ interests.