NHS Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body has given the go ahead to create two linked Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs), one at Gravesham Community Hospital and one co-located with A&E at Darent Valley Hospital.

The CCG received over 16,500 responses to its public consultation.  Key concerns raised by local people were traffic and congestion to Darent Valley Hospital, public transport, parking and how far they might have to travel to get the urgent care they need.

Both centres will treat minor illnesses and minor injuries with the Urgent Treatment Centre at Darent Valley Hospital providing additional critical care by virtue of its co-location with the A&E department.

The walk-in services at the Whitehorse surgery will be relocated to Gravesham Community Hospital but the GP and other current services at Northfleet will remain on site and unchanged.

It is expected that the two linked Urgent Treatment Centres will be in place by summer 2020 as part of the first phase towards fully networked sites providing “joined up”, urgent care services for the people of Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley.

>View the NHS consultation for Urgent Treatment Centre details here…