Urgent Treatment Centre

The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), based at Wycombe Hospital, is open 8am-8pm, seven days a week. It is GP led and staffed by doctors and nurses. The UTC is for when you need urgent but not life threatening medical attention.

There is no A&E department at Wycombe Hospital – if you think your life is at risk, you should call 999.

The UTC will provide urgent treatment for a range of minor injuries and minor illnesses such as:

  • sprains and strains
  • suspected broken limbs
  • minor head injuries
  • cuts and grazes
  • bites and stings
  • minor scalds and burns
  • ear and throat infections
  • skin infections and rashes
  • eye problems
  • coughs and colds
  • feverish illness in adults
  • feverish illness in children
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • emergency contraception

Children who are seriously injured or ill, or who have sustained any head injury should be taken directly to the nearest A&E and not to the UTC.

X-rays are available at the UTC between 8.00am and 8.00pm. Outside of these hours, if an X Ray is needed, you may be asked to attend the A&E department at Stoke Mandeville or to return to the UTC the next day.

Waiting times at the UTC vary – the aim is to see and treat all patients within four hours of arrival (please don’t call for waiting times as the situation can quickly change). For those who have booked appointments you should be seen within 30 minutes of your appointment time. If driving, please allow plenty of time to park (charges apply in the hospital car park).

You can ‘walk in’ and book an appointment at the UTC, but if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern please contact 111 first / call 111, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Fully trained advisors can also assess if you need an ambulance and send one to you,  arrange an urgent appointment at the UTC, or put you in touch with the GP out-of-hours service.