The Adult Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) is based at Lister Hospital in Stevenage. The service will be open every day on Monday 15 January from 8am to 8pm, with last admissions from 6pm.
The service will see patients aged 16 years and over who present to the Emergency Department (ED) at Lister Hospital with urgent care needs; minor illness and minor injuries.
What is an urgent treatment centre (UTC)?
Urgent treatment centres (UTCs) provide urgent medical help when it’s not a life-threatening emergency and are open at least 12 hours a day, every day, offering appointments that can be booked through 111 or through a GP referral, and are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for.
UTCs ease the pressure on hospitals, leaving other parts of the system free to treat the most serious cases.
What can a UTC treat?
Our team of emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) and GPs can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries in adults and children, including:
- Muscle and joint injuries, such as sprains and dislocations
- Bites, stings, cuts, bruises and grazes
- Burns and scalds
- Minor head injuries
- Objects stuck in ears or noses
Is the service open to walk-ins?
Previously, patients were required to attend our Emergency Department in the first instance where, if appropriate, any non-life or limb-threatening injuries or illnesses were signposted to the Adult UTC – this has now changed.
From 8am on Monday 12 February, the Adult Urgent Treatment Centre will accept “walk-ins” and patients will not be required to present at ED first.
Permanent signage is in place to direct patients to the new Adult Urgent Treatment Centre in the Light Blue Zone.
Not sure what care you need?
If you or a family member or loved one has a minor illness or injury, always contact your GP first for advice and an appointment. You can also get advice from a local pharmacy and from NHS 111, either by calling 111 or online.
For a suspected heart attack, stroke or any other serious or life-threatening illness or injury in an adult or a child, always call 999 immediately.
If you cannot get a GP appointment and your condition is urgent, or you’re advised to seek help by 111, our Urgent Treatment Centre is open every day from 8am to 8pm. Please do not present directly to the Lister Adult UTC. Instead, continue to present at the Emergency Department and if appropriate, you will be signposted to the Lister Adult UTC where you will be triaged and treated.
Accessing the Lister Adult UTC
Though the Lister Adult UTC is now open to walk-ins, patients still presenting at the Lister Emergency Department (A&E) who do not have a life or limb-threatening injury or illness may be referred to the new Lister Adult UTC.
Upon referral, patients will be provided a handheld map detailing the route from the Lister Emergency Department (A&E) to the Lister Adult UTC. The route is also relevant for patients travelling from the Adult UTC to Radiology, where appropriate. We encourage anyone who does not feel comfortable navigating the stairs down to Radiology on Level 3 of the Yellow Zone to instead use the lifts located on Level 3 of the Orange Zone (as outlined on the map) and follow the signage to Radiology (Yellow Zone).
What happens at the Lister Adult UTC?
When you arrive, you will be booked in by one of our receptionists and a senior nurse will then triage (assess) you based on the information you have given us. This will help our team to decide how urgent your condition is and whether you need to be seen by an emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) or a GP. The ENP or GP will then fully assess you and decide on the best treatment and care. We’ll also take x-rays or urine samples to help diagnose your condition if required.
Waiting times at the Lister Adult UTC
The waiting time to be seen in the Lister Adult UTC may be shorter than at an emergency department, but it will vary depending on how busy the centre is and the urgency of your condition or injury. Our nurses will prioritise the order that people are seen in, depending on how unwell they are or the nature of their injury. This means that someone who arrives after you may be called through to be seen more quickly.
Finding the Lister Adult UTC
The urgent treatment centre is on the ground floor of the light blue zone – formerly known as the Graveley Annexe building. You can find it easily by following signage from either the main entrance in the multi-storey car park or by following the various totem signs located around the Lister Hospital site. The centre will be signposted as ‘Lister Adult Urgent Treatment Centre’.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)