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Plans to open Urgent Treatment Centre at Darent Valley Hospital could see minor injuries unit at Gravesham Community Hospital and walk in centre at White Horse GP Surgery close

ByKatie May Nelson

Walk in health services and minor injuries units in Gravesham could be closed and moved to Darent Valley Hospital in plans to create an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC).

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has said it has been in the process of consulting the public on the plans and are requesting further comment.

Last year, the CCG considered creating the UTC at Gravesham Community Hospital by moving the walk in centre at Northfleet to operate alongside the current minor injuries unit.

The plans could see an Urgent Treatment Centre opened at Darent Valley (7079009)
The plans could see an Urgent Treatment Centre opened at Darent Valley (7079009)

But it is now considering plans to open the UTC at Darent Valley, moving the minor injuries unit from Gravesham Community Hospital in the process.


Plans may also involve moving the current walk in centre at White Horse GP Surgery in Vale Road, Northfleet because of proposals to redesign Fleet Healthcare Campus.

The UTC would treat minor illness and injuries.

Stock image Anthony Devlin/PA Wire (7079007)
Stock image Anthony Devlin/PA Wire (7079007)

Local GP and chairman of the CCG Dr Sarah MacDermott said: “We have been reviewing services for the past three years and we want to bring our urgent care services such as our Minor Injuries Unit at Gravesham Community Hospital and GP Walk in Centre at Fleet Health Campus in Northfleet together.


"This will simplify things for local people helping them to access the right care when they need it, under one roof and will mean we can help take pressure off the local Emergency Department.

"We would like to get people’s feedback on our plans and would encourage everyone to fill in our survey.”

Patients in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley can complete the survey online or you can request a printed copy by contacting the CCG at dgs.ccg@nhs.net or by calling 03000 424 903.

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