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Health Centres: Railway Stations

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the use by UK nationals of drop-in health centres at London's mainline stations in the last two years. (197336)

There are three centrally procured operational contracts for commuter walk-in centres in London at Victoria, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf. These are located close to major commuter hubs and not actually within mainline stations.

The Department collects information on ethnic origin from patients but has made no formal analysis of this data. All patients visiting the commuter walk-in centres are asked to fill in a form which gathers information on ethnic origin. It is not compulsory to fill in these forms and therefore the Department does not hold full data sets about the ethnic origin of the patients treated.

The following table shows the number of patients who voluntarily recorded their ethnic origin as British at commuter walk-in centres in London for January 2006 to December 2007.

Facility

Patients treated

Number of recorded British nationals treated1

Date of service commencement

Average number of patients per day

Liverpool Street

41,463

30,103

December 2005

80

Canary Wharf

30,380

20,769

April 2006

74

Victoria

22,582

16,098

December 2006

117

Total

94,425

66,970

1 This column represents people who have listed themselves as ‘white British’' ‘Asian or Asian British’ and ‘black or black British’. Due to the way ethnic origin statistics are collected this means the number of people recorded here could also include some non-British nationals.