North Colchester Healthcare Centre
Our walk in service

Who can use the walk-in service?

Anyone can use our walk-in service: you do not need to be a gp registered patient.

When can you use the walk-in service?

Our walk-in service offers treatment, information and advice for a range of minor illnesses and injuries. It is open 7am-10pm every day, including weekends and bank holidays.

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to attend as a walk-in patient after 8pm, you are advised to telephone the Centre to check that we are still open for registrations as, on occasion, the service has to stop registration prior to 10pm due to excessive demand.

Our walk-in phlebotomy clinic is open Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) between 7am-2pm. In case of high demand, please call ahead from 1pm to make sure the srevice is still open.

At North Colchester Health Centre we offer an x-ray facility offering instant results to all our walk-in centre patients. If the x-ray does not show a fracture, our specialists at the centre can offer advice and strapping, if needed. If the x-ray does however show a fracture, the patient will need to visit A&E for appropriate treatment.

This service is offered seven days a week between 9am - 4:30pm and is a joint venture between Care UK and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. 

We can treat minor illnesses and injuries including:

  • Cuts and grazes
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Strains and sprains
  • Bites and stings
  • Ear and throat infections
  • Minor skin infections and rashes
  • Minor eye conditions and infections
  • Stomach upsets
  • Coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
  • Other minor common illnesses

You should consult your own GP for the following:

  • Management of long term conditions
  • On-going health problems
  • Repeat medication
  • Referral requests
  • Alcohol or drug related problems
  • Ear syringing
  • Family planning
  • Sexual health problems
  • Stress and mental health issues
  • Complications of pregnancy or pregnancy related problems

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