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Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)

The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) is located next to the A&E Department in the Cauldwell Centre.

The centre is open from 11am – 11pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and will offer same day access to GP and Nurse appointments.  The UTC is for when patients need urgent medical treatment but it is not an emergency.  The UTC is open to all those living in and visiting Bedfordshire.

Appointments can be booked by calling NHS 111.  When calling NHS 111 call handlers supported by a clinical team will assess the patient and if the UTC is the right place for the patient to be treated, they will make them an appointment, in most cases, on the same day.  An appointment is required and it is recommended to reduce waiting times.

The UTC treats all ages, including babies and children with:

  • Minor eye injuries
  • Minor illness
  • Urine infections
  • Abdominal pain / back pain
  • Minor cuts and grazes, scalds and burns