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Right Arrow Hours changing at West Lancashire NHS walk-in centres
28 November 2016 at 13:41

The opening hours of West Lancashire Health Centre and Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre will change from Monday 5th December 2016.


West Lancashire Health Centre, which is at Ormskirk hospital, will continue to open at 8am every day but the last booking to see a nurse will now be 7.30pm instead of 9pm.


Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre at The Concourse will open an hour later at 8am with the last booking to see a nurse changing to 7.30pm, instead of 9pm, from Monday to Friday. Weekend opening times of 9am to 5pm remain the same.



Times from Mon 5th December

Times now


West Lancashire Health Centre

Ormskirk Hospital,

Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ


01695 588800



8am to 7.30pm (Mon-Sun)


8am to 9pm*


Skelmerdale Walk-in Centre

The Concourse

Skelmerdale, L39 2AZ


01695 588640



8am to 7.30pm (Mon-Fri)

9am to 5pm (Sat - Sun)



7am to 9pm*


* Note: closing times are last bookings to see a nurse


Interim Chief Executive Iain McInnes said: “Through a combination of sickness and vacant posts we are unable to fill, the Trust has experienced a severe shortage of appropriate clinical staff at both walk-in centres.


“We have had no alternative but to adapt the opening hours to fit the staff we have available and maintain a safe service for patients. We will, however, keep staffing under regular review.


“Only a very small number of patients choose to use these services in the late evening but I want to apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced.”


Anyone who thinks they need medical help outside the walk-in centre opening hours should examine their options.


When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, call the NHS 111 service.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.


For more information please visit



Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust


Telephone     01704 704494



Twitter            @SONHSTrust



Notes for editors


  1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital.