A MINOR injuries unit used by thousands of Wearsiders each year over the past decade will close this weekend.
Grindon Lane walk-in centre, which opened in 2004, closes tomorrow.
Newcastle firm Northern Doctors (NDUC) runs other walk-in units at Bunny Hill, Washington and Houghton Primary Care Centres, and from Monday will begin running “GP-led” services at Bunny Hill and Washington.
A new urgent care centre will also open at Houghton PCC and be run by NDUC. It will be open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am to 10pm, Saturday to Sunday, including bank holidays.
Despite the closure of the walk-in centre at Grindon Lane, a number of services will still be offered there such as x-ray facilities.
Walk-in centres were set up to take the pressure off A&E departments.
A spokeswoman for NHS North of England said: “Improving access to urgent health care and making sure patients get the right treatment in the right time and at the right place for their particular health condition is one of our priorities. In Sunderland from Monday, there will be four GP-led urgent care centres, which means the walk-in centre at Grindon Lane will be closing but patients can easily access the four urgent care centres by calling 111 or by walking in.”