More than 1500 people sign petition to save ‘vital’ walk-in service at Ilford clinic

The group gathered to protest about the walk-in facility at the Loxford Polyclinic being closed.

The group gathered to protest about the walk-in facility at the Loxford Polyclinic being closed. - Credit: Archant

The centre could lose the service following a consultation by Redbridge CCG.

The group gathered to protest about the walk-in facility at the Loxford Polyclinic being closed.

The group gathered to protest about the walk-in facility at the Loxford Polyclinic being closed. - Credit: Archant

More than 1500 residents have signed a petition to try and save the walk in services at Loxford Polyclinic in Ilford.

The centre could lose the service following a consultation by Redbridge CCG.

It is reviewing services including local GP hubs, walk-in services, and GP out of hours services.

Both options put to the public for feedback include the closure of walk-in services at the clinic in Ilford Lane.


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Option one would mean patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at four Urgent Treatment Centres - King George Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, Harold Wood Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital.

Bookable appointments would be available at eight community urgent care service locations, and there would be no walk-in service at Loxford Polyclinic or South Hornchurch Health Centre.

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Option two, would mean patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at two Urgent Treatment Centres - King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital.

Bookable appointments would be available at 10 community urgent care service locations, and there would be no walk-in service at Harold Wood Polyclinic, Barking Community Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic or South Hornchurch Health Centre.

Residents can complete an online questionnaire to give their views.

THe CCG said that no decision has been made, and feedback will be used as part of the decision-making process.

All responses must be received by 5pm on Tuesday, August 21.

Councillor Muhammed Javed who represents Clementswood ward said that it would be a huge loss for residents if the service was to close.

He said that a large number of people who live around the clinic speak English as a second language, and being able to walk into the centre and speak face to face with a doctor or nurse is vital.

Councillor Kam Rai, who represents the same ward said: “Our CCG doesn’t seem to be taking the needs of residents into account.

“First they are still not providing assurances that A&E services will remain open in King George hospital and now they are proposing to close a walk-in centre in one of our most deprived and populated areas.”

To sign the petition online go to: https://bit.ly/2uNEfK8

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