HEALTH bosses are urgently seeking a new firm to run a Leeds NHS walk-in centre and GP practice.
Almost 4,000 patients are registered at the Shakespeare Medical Centre in Burmantofts, which opened in 2009.
Leeds health chiefs have reassured them that the centre will remain open, though current operator Care UK Clinical Services will no longer run it from the end of next month.
A report to councillors, due to be discussed at a meeting next week, says the firm has decided not to continue when its contract comes to an end on February 28.
The document adds: “This means we are now in a position where we require quick action to ensure that there is a seamless transition to a new service provider.”
The facility, based at Burmantofts Health Centre, was opened to provide more access to healthcare and houses a traditional GP practice as well as the walk-in centre.
Around 1,750 patients a month use the walk-in centre, which is open from 8am until 8pm and available to anyone for minor ailments.
NHS England is writing to registered patients to inform them of the situation.
A tendering process to find a new provider to take on both the GP practice and the walk-in centre is now underway.
A spokesperson for NHS England and NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are actively seeking a new provider to deliver high-quality services for our patients at Shakespeare Medical Centre.
“The centre will remain open as usual.
“We want to reassure local people registered with the GP practice that they will be able to continue to access a quality service.
“In addition to this we will ensure that patients across Leeds can continue to make use of the walk-in service.”