Oakham Urgent Care Centre at Rutland Memorial Hospital closed because of coronavirus
A drop in the number of consultations at Oakham Urgent Care Centre based at Rutland Memorial Hospital has led to its closure.
The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, has closed hubs in nine areas, including Oakham and the nearby towns of Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough, from today (Thursday, April 2).
In a statement it says the changes are "necessary to make the best use of clinical teams and other health staff by basing them at fewer locations during the outbreak" and that most patients are calling NHS 111 when they need urgent care instead of leaving the house.
It said the number of patients seen at urgent care sites since March 9 had reduced by "around three quarters".
The statement added: "By doing this we can continue to provide services safely for patients and lower the risk of infection by reducing patient movement across services.
"The changes also reflect fewer face to face consultations between patients and health staff currently taking place as a precaution against Covid-19.
"The changes are temporary, will be regularly reviewed and local people will be kept informed of developments."
Loughborough Urgent Care Centre, which is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week; Oadby Urgent Care Centre; Merlyn Vaz Hub and Westcotes Healthcare Hub remain open.
The services at Enderby, Melton Mowbray, Lutterworth, Oakham, Market Harborough, Coalville, Hinckley, Belgrave (Brandon Street) and Saffron Lane, are all suspended.