It is a walk-in NHS service for patients whose condition is urgent enough that they cannot wait for the next GP appointment but who do not need emergency treatment at the emergency department (A&E). It is led and staffed by GP’s/Associate Specialists, working alongside Emergency and Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Health Care Assistants and Primary Care Assistant Practitioners. QMS is open Monday through till Sunday 365 days a week for 24 hours a day.
There are facilities to x-ray limbs for suspected fractures Mon-Friday 08.00hrs-22.00hrs and prescribe medicines, however the service is not set up to do blood tests. The unit will usually treat patients with less serious injuries more quickly than the emergency department (A&E).
These urgent care centres can usually help if you need urgent treatment for problems such as these:
If you are unsure as to whether or not you need to be seen at the UCC please contact 111 in the first instance and they will assess and direct you to the most appropriate care provider.
Local people can receive urgent care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Queen Mary’s Hospital.
However, if your (or family/friend) illness or injury is life threatening. A&E departments can be located at:
Princess Royal University Hospital
Kent, BR6 8ND
T: 01689 863486
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
London, SE18 4QH
T: 020 8836 4360/1
Darent Valley Hospital
Darent Wood Road
Kent, DA2 8DA
T: 01322 428100
The Urgent Care Centre is located in A Block.
We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.