NHS Corby have revealed proposals for the Urgent Care Centre on Cottingham Road - in future requiring patients to book an appointment before they get there, by phone or online.

The site would be re-dubbed a "Same Day Access Hub". 

NHS Corby said their proposals had been influenced by the views of local people taken in the last few months of last year. Additional primary care provision is also being promised, 

Local MP Tom Pursglove welcomed the retention of urgent care services, but later added that patients should not come up against hurdles to access the care they need.

A public meeting about the moves is to be held next Tuesday ( Jan 30 ) in the Cube from 6pm.

A part of Corby's Cottingham Road is due to be closed to traffic from today ( Jan 19 ) - as a railway bridge that forms part of the road is being re-constructed.

Network Rail are delivering an electrification project to the rail line that serves Corby.

As a result pedestrian access is set to be made available over the line but vehicles will have to find another route- with Network Rail saying diversions will be clearly posted.

The work is due to take months and the restriction could last until August.

County hospitals are focusing their efforts on emergency care and have called on the public's support to help alleviate pressure on them.

At Kettering General more than 250 people have attended A & E every day since December 24th.

Health bosses say hospitals including KGH are struggling to maintain  enough discharges to free up space for emergency admissions.

As such they have reminded people of appropriate and inappropriate uses of A & E - and have asked people not to visit others in hospital if they have recently had flu or sickness bug symptoms.

Beth Miller is set to be Labour's candidate in Corby and East Northants when the next general election is called.

On Sunday ( Jan 14 ) party activists by a majority chose the 26-year-old former Brooke Weston student from an all-female shortlist of potential candidates. 

Miller took on the Labour candidacy at short notice for last year's snap general election, but failed to unseat Conservative Tom Pursglove, despite the Labour share of the vote locally going up to almost 45%.

On being selected Beth Miller said “I am so proud to be selected as the Labour candidate. I want to finish the job I started last year....with the local Labour Party, I will campaign in all parts of the constituency. There will be no ‘no - go’ areas. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

An employee of the Bank of England, she was also previously an adviser to senior Labour MPs Vernon Coaker and David Blunkett.

The latest date for the next general election is in 2022.

A new public-facing police enquiry desk has opened in the Corby Cube.

Open to the public since Wednesday ( Dec 20 ), it replaces the enquiry desk at the Elizabeth Street station which has now closed.

All enquiries from the public, including reporting crime and producing driving documents, will be made at The Cube. The new office will be open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

County police said having the desk in the Cube would make it easier for people to get additional help if they were having problems with noisy neighbours or housing issues.

They added that while fewer people now visit a police station in person, instead reporting online or by phone, it was still important for people to deal with the police face to face in an accessible location.