MP Mark Lancaster paid tribute to doctors and nurses at the Milton Keynes Urgent Care Centre on a visit last week.
The MP for Milton Keynes North was given a tour of the centre, which is helping to reduce queues in the hospital A&E department, and was pleased with what he saw.
He said: “I’m really impressed with the centre and the support it offers patients from the Milton Keynes area.
“It gives people a place to go with medical concerns when their doctors surgery is closed and means that A&E can focus on the most serious cases.
“The doctors and nurses I met were of great credit to the service and it is no wonder it is regarded so highly in our community.”
The centre is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, for people who require urgent care when their GP is not available, but where the need is not serious enough to use the hospital.
With the introduction of the NHS 111 national telephone service, callers can be passed through to the centre if it is deemed necessary, where local GPs and nurses will be there to help.
The centre, which opened in 2009, is located near to Milton Keynes Hospital, but if a patient is housebound or medically unfit to move, staff can travel out to people’s homes to give them care.
In July, the centre dealt with approximately 1,700 consultations with people who had been sent to them having consulted with the 111 helpline, and 5,500 people who had no prior phone advice.