To: Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Save Putnoe Walk In Centre in Bedford

26.01.18 - We Won! The walk in centre has had a 6 month extension to its contract, during this time there will apparently be a new urgent treatment centre created at Bedford South Wing which will offer the same level of care plus more.

I really hope that the BCCG manage to get the new UTC up and running, but have my reservations about the timescales involved and also the location.

Also on the horizon is new extended GP opening hours, which may take some of the pressure off.

Save Putnoe Walk In Centre in Bedford

Please do not close down Putnoe Walk in Centre in Bedford.

Why is this important?

This is an essential service for the people of Bedford. The future of a "popular and busy" walk-in centre is "under threat", patients have been warned. The current contract, awarded to the Putnoe Medical Centre in Bedford, runs out on 31 March.

This comes at a time where there is much publicised strain on A&E services and when Bedford Hospital recently made the following statement:

Like many other hospitals, including our neighbouring Trusts, Bedford Hospital is still extremely busy. We ask all patients attending the hospital to bear with us as we prioritise those people who are clinically unwell; and we ask the public to support us by only attending hospital if seriously unwell. Alternatives to attending hospitals are to contact NHS 111, visit your GP, pharmacist or local walk-in centre."

How can it make sense to close this centre when it is such an obvious necessity? Not just for the people of Bedford, but to ease the load on our local hospital.

I have used the centre myself the evening before I went on holiday. I had no time to make a GP appointment and, had the centre not been open, the only other option would have been to visit A&E which we are being told time and time again not to do due to the stresses on the service.

Others have stated how it's helped their peace of mind with their children's health to be able to speak to someone quickly.

We plead with the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to reconsider this drastic action.

Bedford, Bedfordshire

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Reasons for signing

  • This place got me rapid treatment for Lyme disease whereas my doctors were useless
  • I signed because I live near by and soon wanted to change to this medical centre, then I hear about plans to close it down.
  • Good service, especially if your own Gp won't see you until a forthnight time , due to being busy.


2018-01-26 10:16:50 +0000
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Petition is successful with 5,750 signatures

2018-01-23 14:39:15 +0000

Over 5000 signatures and people are still signing! This clearly shows how important the walk in centre is to the people of Bedford.

I, along with a few others, will be attending the meeting of the CCG on Thursday afternoon at King's House, 245 Ampthill Road and presenting the petition to them then.
Myself and our local Goldington Councillor Anthony Forth will be discussing the outcome on Three Counties Radio on Friday morning around 08:00.

2018-01-19 11:52:16 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2018-01-12 08:42:26 +0000

Thank you so much for signing this petition which will show the CCG how important healthcare in Bedford is to its citizens.

There will be some action on 20th January at 12pm to:-

1. Demonstrate our support for NHS staff and our hospitals through the #NHSCrisis - coordinated gatherings outside each of the hospitals, same day, same time. Positive banners - honk if you love #ourNHS, that kind of thing.
2. Hand out leaflets outlining the dangers of the STPs and ACOs
3. Collect videos of personal experiences from local people - good and bad.

We’d love a great turn out in Bedford and representatives from all walks of life are welcome. The location is to be confirmed. It will be close to the hospital.

Please comment on the following Facebook post if you are interested in supporting us in any capacity :

2018-01-08 12:30:05 +0000

Over 3000 signatures!

I was invited onto Andy Collins show on BBC 3CR this morning, you can hear it about 08:20 (just after the discussion about New Zealand and an ad about schools).

I'm hoping that it got the word out a bit further about the petition.

2018-01-06 14:22:21 +0000

Over 2500 signatures in just over a day. That’s fantastic! Please keep the momentum going and share everywhere you can think of.

We need to show the BCCG how much the walk in centre, in its current location, with its breadth of services means to us. Thank you for your support for this essential service.

2018-01-05 16:50:02 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-01-05 13:39:32 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-01-05 10:40:32 +0000

The next meeting of the Governing Body to take place in public will be held on Thursday 25 January 2018 between 14.00-16.30.

Venue: King's House
245 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9AZ

If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact : (or phone 01525 624252 to confirm your place and to let them know if you require any reasonable adjustments to be able to attend the meeting.

Should you have a question or questions unrelated to items on the agenda, please direct to

2018-01-05 10:13:28 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-01-05 09:40:47 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-01-05 09:23:52 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-01-05 09:11:49 +0000

10 signatures reached