A WALK-IN health centre in Hayes has been opened.

The HESA Primary Care Centre in Station Road was unveiled by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor Shirley Harper-O'Neill, in the company of leading figures in Hillingdon's health services.

The surgery offers treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, as well as family planning, vaccination and counselling services.

The facilities have been available to the public since September, and more than 1,000 patients have already benefited from a wide range of medical assistance.

One such patient, one-year-old Sadhika Ghinda, who was brought to the official opening by her mother, was treated for breathing problems shortly after the clinic opened.

Professor Yi Mien Koh, chief executive of NHS Hillingdon, said: "This is a great example of what residents can expect in terms of services commissioned by NHS Hillingdon - better access through more convenient hours, a walk-in service and a wider range of services closer to home, meaning that people don't have to travel to hospital or A&E."

David McVittie, chief executive of Hillingdon Hospital, added: "This is a fantastic facility and a great example of partnership in delivering the best healthcare services to the people of the borough.

"It is a practical example of how we are addressing the health and well-being of people and developing services to meet their needs."

The centre will be open from 8am to 8pm every day and patients can use the service without booking or being registered with a GP.

Call 01895 486 020 for appointments. Visit www.hayestownmedicalcentre.co.uk .