As temperatures once again rise over the coming days, Widnes Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) is here for you this summer.
It’s important to stay safe and take precautions during this latest spell of hot weather. Especially as heatwave conditions are expected to last into the weekend.
With the school holidays well underway and the mercury potentially hitting the mid-30s up until Sunday, the skilled UTC healthcare staff are able to deal with a wide range of health-related issues.
Whether it’s slips, trips and falls or bites, stings and rashes, Widnes UTC is open seven days a week between 8.00am and 9.00pm for non-urgent medical conditions.
If you have one of the following minor injuries or minor ailments, please consider Widnes UTC rather than going straight to your local hospital accident and emergency department:
- Minor cuts or wounds
- Sore throats
- Bites or stings
- Rashes and allergic reactions
- Prescribed medication (subject to assessment)
- Minor burns or scalds
- Coughs and colds
- Muscle or joint injuries (eg. sprains and strains)
- Eye injuries and infections
- Emergency contraception
The UTC is centrally located in Widnes. It can be found inside the Healthcare Resource Centre, Oaks Place, Caldwell Road. No appointment is needed. Simply walk-in.
If you use a sat nav, the postcode is WA8 7GD. Free parking is available onsite.
Sarah Valentine is the Operational Manager at Widnes UTC; she has the following advice to make sure you enjoy the hot weather safely:
“We want everyone to enjoy the summer weather safely, but the heat can have an impact on our health.
“The best advice is to stay hydrated, keep cool and take steps to prevent your home from overheating.
“Injuries can often happen during prolonged spells of hot weather. If you do need medical help, and it’s not a hospital emergency, please choose carefully where to go and what to do.
“If you don’t need A&E or 999, please use 111 online (www.111.nhs.uk) or call them on your phone by dialling 111. The 111 teams can even make you an appointment for you at Widnes UTC.
“Local hospital and ambulance teams are extremely busy Let’s do it together, by making the right choice. If it’s a minor injury or minor ailment, please consider using Widnes Urgent Treatment Centre.”
Widnes UTC is open every day of the year between 8.00am and 9.00pm.
If your injury or ailment isn’t an emergency, and you are not sure what to do, the quickest thing to do is visit 111.nhs.uk online.
NHS 111 is there to offer help and advice 24-hours a day.
Please keep A&E free for those that need it most. Making the right choice helps us all.