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Urgent care centre brings profound changes in nurses’ roles

Nottingham's urgent care centre (UCC) opened its doors for the first time last October, replacing a nurse-led walk-in centre at Seaton House in the city centre. The UCC provides enhanced services, including electrocardiography and X-ray facilities, to assess and treat urgent but non-life-threatening conditions.

Nottingham's urgent care centre (UCC) opened its doors for the first time last October, replacing a nurse-led walk-in centre at Seaton House in the city centre. The UCC provides enhanced services, including electrocardiography and X-ray facilities, to assess and treat urgent but non-life-threatening conditions.

For the nursing team, this change has been profound. ‘Although we sometimes still see patients with minor injuries and illnesses, our role has shifted towards supporting the emergency department (ED) and caring for unwell patients rather than the worried well,’ says Sarah Northeast, an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) at Nottingham CityCare Partnership Community Interest Company (CityCare).

Training

‘We care for about 90% of patients and also have a GP on shift to assist with more complicated patient situations. The team has received training on requesting X-rays and has relearned skills, such as suturing. Having a GP on site as part of the team also

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