New urgent treatment centres will simplify access to services across Colchester and Tendring
In Colchester, the facility has been built next to the emergency department at Colchester Hospital and replaces the adjacent Walk-in Centre in Turner Road.
The Urgent Treatment Centre at Clacton Hospital replaces the Minor Injuries Unit but remains on the same site.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Fryatt Hospital, Harwich, has become an Urgent Treatment Centre (Minor Injuries Only).
The centres will be equipped to assess and treat many of the common ailments for which people attend the Emergency Department.
Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The urgent treatment centres offer a range of services including support for minor injuries and illnesses and diagnostic tests.
“They will help our teams of clinicians to make sure patients get seen by the right people as quickly as is possible, saving some patients with less urgent conditions long waits in A&E.
Dr Garratt added: “The introduction of these centres follow much public engagement across Colchester and Tendring.
“People have told us they want services that are easier to access.
“I believe these new centres will simplify the services across Colchester and Tendring and deliver them from one place, as much as possible.”