Publish date: 24 November 2021

‘The Beat’ Walk In Centre to reopen in the heart of Liverpool

Liverpool’s city centre Walk In Centre is due to re-open on 29 November to strengthen the access to same day medical advice and treatment to the city’s residents and visitors in the build-up to Christmas.

The Walk In Centre, known as The Beat and based on David Lewis Street, closed in March 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but has been reopened again by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, who provide community health services for Liverpool.

Its reopening increases the number of Walk In Centres to four across Liverpool and signals the end of the telephone triage system introduced at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

People can now walk in without phoning first although appointments are still available through NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone who needs advice or treatment quickly and isn’t sure what to do.

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“We’re delighted we’re able to reopen the city Walk In Centre and also making access easier and more convenient for our communities,” said Trish Bennett, Mersey Care’s Executive Director of Nursing and Operations.

“As we head into winter, doctor’s surgeries, A&E departments and hospitals will get busier. It’s more important than ever that we do all we can to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19, flu and other illnesses and seek the right help, from the right place in a timely way. If you’re not sure what to do, call NHS 111 to help you get the right advice or treatment.”

The Walk In Centres provide consultations, advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses and are open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at the following sites:

  • City Walk In Centre, The Beat, David Lewis Street, L1 4AP
  • Old Swan Walk In Centre, Crystal Close, L13 2GA
  • Garston Walk In Centre, at South Liverpool Treatment Centre, Church Road, L19 2LW
  • Smithdown Children’s Walk In Centre, Smithdown Road, L15 2LQ (under 16 years of age)

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our staff, patients and visitors safe, there will still be a requirement in our buildings to wear a mask and maintain a safe distance. If patients have any COVID-19 symptoms, the advice is still to self-isolate, and contact NHS 111. Information on testing is available here If: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

In addition to the Liverpool Walk-in Centres, Mersey Care provides walk-in centres across Knowsley and South Sefton. For further information including access and opening hours, please visit: www.merseycare.nhs.uk/walkincentres