PEOPLE feeling under the weather can now walk into a new health centre without an appointment to see a GP or nurse in Hereford.

NHS Herefordshire launched the new service, available seven days a week between 8am and 8pm, next to the ASDA store on Monday.

“When we consulted the public, there was strong support for a walkin health centre, which will supplement the excellent service already provided by GPs in the county,” said Chris Bull, chief executive of NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council The centre will open over the festive period and patients can use the service while remaining registered with their own GP.

The phone number for the new service is 0330 123 9309 – the same as the current number to call a GP out of hours.

The centre is being run for NHS Herefordshire by Primecare and is temporary until a permanent walk-in health centre is built next year.