If you have a condition that needs prompt medical help to avoid it deteriorating, but is not life-threatening, then the new and enhanced urgent treatment centre (including walk-in access) and primary care access service is there to help you.
Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)
A new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) opens on 29 April 2019 at the Tameside Hospital site (next to A&E).
The new centre – our new broader and better offer – replaces the existing Walk in Centre (WIC) at Ashton Primary Care Centre (which closes the day before).
Initially people with an urgent need will be able seek support at the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) by walking in between 9.00am – 9.00pm, 7 days a week.
Later in the year as well as the ability to walk in, anyone registered with a GP practice in Tameside & Glossop will have access to a range of bookable appointments through their GP or NHS111. This will complement the range of appointments currently available in the evenings and at weekends through the Primary Care Access Service (PCAS).
Note: The current Walk In Centre (WIC) at Ashton Primary Care Centre (APCC) remains open until 28 April 2019, when it will then close, and walk-in access moves to the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at the Tameside Hospital site.
Primary Care Access Service (PCAS)
The Primary Care Access Service (PCAS) started in early 2019, and provides flexible appointment times outside traditional working hours.
Patients can pre-book routine evening or weekend appointments with a healthcare professional at one of five neighbourhood hubs. When GP practices are closed, patients who have had a clinical assessment and require urgent but not life-threatening assistance may be offered an appointment at one of the five neighbourhood hubs.
Patients can access the new service through their GP practice, NHS 11, North West Ambulance Service and other healthcare professionals.
The provider for the Primary Care Access Service (PCAS) is gtd Healthcare. You can find out more about the Primary Care Access Service (PCAS) here
Taken together this means people with an urgent (but not life threatening) condition that needs prompt attention are able to access support in their neighbourhood through the Primary Care Access Service (PCAS) or through the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at the Tameside Hospital site.
Ashton GP Practice is not moving and will remain at Ashton Primary Care Centre (APCC).