NHS drop-in centre to stay open over Christmas

POORLY locals will be able to access medical help throughout the Christmas period after it was confirmed an NHS walk-in centre would remain open.

The Station Plaza Health Centre will be open from 8am until 8pm right through the festive season – including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

And anyone feeling unwell or suffering from a minor injury can pop in, regardless of whether or not they are registered at the centre.

Nic Gowers, of South East Health, which runs the walk-in centre, said: “Anyone, regardless of whether they live locally or not, can come to the centre to see a GP or nurse. We can also treat things like cuts, sprains, minor burns and other less serious injuries, such as eye infections.”

NHS bosses are also encouraging people to help prevent another bout of winter sickness bug flooding Hastings.

An NHS helpline is taking more than 4,000 calls a week nationally, as the norovirus spreads. Diana Grice, director of public health for NHS Hastings and Rother, said: “Each of us can do our bit to stop the spread of the virus, by observing the basic rules of good hygiene. This helped reduce the impact of pandemic flu last year and will do the same for norovirus.”

Advice includes using the antiseptic hand gel available when visiting people in the Conquest and staying away from others if you begin experiencing any symptoms. These include vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature, aches and pains.