‘We need to keep up the fight’ – rallying cry over Jarrow NHS walk-in centre

Palmers Community Hospital, Jarrow
Palmers Community Hospital, Jarrow

A plea has been made for the people in South Tyneside to back a campaign to prevent the transfer of a vital South Tyneside health facility ahead of a meeting next week.

On Monday, members of the borough’s Public Service Alliance (PSA) are to meet at Jarrow Community Association from 6.30pm.

The PSA has been at the forefront of opposition over plans to move services from Jarrow Walk-in Centre, based at the town’s Palmer Community Hospital, to a new Urgent Care Hub in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital.

Alliance members say the walk-in centre attracts 27,000 visitors a year, and have raised concerns over the difficulty of access to the new hub for people in Jarrow.

The switch is earmarked for October of this year.

Meanwhile, a six-point action plan to enable the transfer continues to be under discussion between health and council bosses.

It is vital to get the public’s support.

Gemma Taylor

Gemma Taylor, co-ordinator with the borough’s PSA, said it was vital to get the public’s support in the campaign to retain the facility in Jarrow. She said: “We need to keep up the fight to save the Jarrow centre. The main aim of the public meeting is for the public to get more involved in this campaign and we have distributed flyers around Jarrow.”

Dr Matthew Walmsley, chairman of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, the body proposing the move, said: “We understand people’s concerns about this change, and we are grateful for the comments we received from patients during the consultation period as these helped to shape our thinking around a number of issues.”