The fate of the Accrington Victoria Hospital’s walk-in centre and GP practice will be decided by the end of next month.
NHS England Lancashire, which runs the GP practice, will complete an engagement process with patients by next week and then make a final decision in late March.
The East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which operates the walk-in centre, have also confirmed that a public meeting will be held on March 24 to decide the future of the walk-in centre.
The contract is set to be extended on a short term basis before the decision is expected to be rubber-stamped in the summer.
However members of the GP practices’ patients participation group fear that both services could be lost. Group spokesman Patrick McGinley said: “If they close us down they will close the walk-in centre.
“Closure of both facilities will confirm perceptions about Hyndburn residents being treated as second-class citizens, who may have expensive travel to Blackburn for minor treatments.”
So far more than 550 survey responses have been returned as part of the review over the GP practice with more than 660 people signing a petition opposing any closure. The contract for the practice, which has 1,800 registered patients, is set to expire in October.
A spokesperson for NHS England Lancashire said: “East Lancashire CCG have also been engaging with patients and the public around the walk in centre services that are provided at Hyndburn Health Access Centre.
“NHS England will continue to work closely with the CCG throughout this process to ensure that patient views are fully considered and that any decisions taken are aligned in order to get the best outcome for patients.”
The Observer launched a campaign with Hyndburn Council last year to help save the walk-in centre which is used by more than 34,000 people each year. The CCG said they need to make £33m cuts over the next three years with the walk-in centre projected to cost £2.2m to £1.4m over its current budget.
In November they ruled out shutting the facility completely without at least finding a replacement.