Temporary changes are being made to two Bury walk-in centres to help the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

Both Prestwich and Moorgate walk-in centres are now closed to the public.

Bury One Commissioning Organisation (OCO) has taken the emergency steps to protect the public and staff and prevent the spread of the virus.

The temporary changes will be in place until further notice.

Patients who need to access a dressing changes service should contact NHS 111.

The walk-in centre in Prestwich will now house the COVID Management Service, a 24/7 hub which will deal with non-urgent queries from people with coronavirus from across the borough, including advice over the phone, telephone consultations, face-to-face consultations and arranging GP home visits.

The service is only for people who already have coronavirus or have coronavirus symptoms and are unwell, but do not need a 999 response. Access to the service is via your GP or after contacting NHS 111.

In the first instance patients are encouraged to seek advice online via www.111.nhs.uk, or ring their GP practices or NHS 111.

Jeff Schryer, Bury OCO Chair, said: “We are making these temporary changes during this extraordinary time to protect the public and staff and to create a safe hub to manage coronavirus cases.”

The Prestwich walk-in service is provided by BARDOC, while the Moorgate centre is run by the Northern Care Alliance.

People should continue to use www.111.nhs.uk in the first instance if they have any health concerns.