Campaigners gather support over Jarrow walk-in centre’s closure

Campaigners Pat Long, Roger Nettleship and Rob McPhilomey.
Campaigners Pat Long, Roger Nettleship and Rob McPhilomey.

Campaigners have continued their fight to save Jarrow Walk-in Centre by collecting scores of signatures for a petition.

Members of the Save the Jarrow Walk-In Centre Group yesterday collected hundreds of signatures outside the facility, which is due to be relocated to South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, next month.

These will be added to the 579 names already collected online and presented to a representative from NHS England next week.

Roger Nettleship, the group’s chairman, said: “We will not be giving up, our fight is not over yet. We haven’t counted up the paper petition signatures yet, but we have in the region of 1,000.”

The petition focuses on the six recommendations the South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has to meet following its decision to relocate the walk-in centre.

These include the amount of adequate parking spaces on the South Shields site. However, campaigners are not convinced they have been achieved.

Dr Matthew Walmsley, chairman of the CCG, said: “These changes are going ahead because they are in the best interests of the people of the borough as a whole.

“There is overwhelming clinical evidence to show that a single urgent care hub can benefit patients by ensuring they are guided to the right professional, first time.

“We will continue to monitor all the issues that were raised.”