Swindon’s walk-in services can offer help for minor injuries and illnesses, such as cuts, sprains, upset stomachs and small burns.
They offer patients an alternative solution to the Emergency Department at the Great Western Hospital, which is intended for patients with life-threatening conditions and serious injuries, such as severe chest pains, broken bones, loss of consciousness and heavy bleeding.
As the name suggests, Swindon’s walk-in centres operate on a drop-in basis which mean patients do not need an appointment to be seen.
Swindon NHS Health Centre
Swindon NHS Health Centre is located in Islington Street in Swindon town centre.
Staff can see and treat:
- Minor injuries and illnesses
- Minor infections and rashes
- Cuts and bruises
- Strains and sprains
- Stomach upsets
Staff at the centre also provide other health-related support, such as blood pressure testing and emergency contraception.
Where appropriate, the team can also issue prescriptions.
Urgent Care Centre
The Urgent Care Centre is based at the Great Western Hospital.
No appointment is required and the centre is open every day (including bank holidays and weekends) between 7am and 12am.
Below are a few examples of when patients may visit the Urgent Care Centre:
- Shortness of breath
- Hot swollen painful leg-cellulitis
- Being unable to pass urine
- Abdominal pain
- Bleeding in pregnancy
- Children with croup