And while the Lemington walk-in centre cannot meet the criteria to become an Urgent Treatment Centre - as it does not have access to diagnostics and is not open 12 hours a day - the CCG does want it to stay open.
An increasing number of patients from Northumberland and North Tyneside are also using the sites, and that rise is expected to continue with the proposed closure of the Battle Hill walk-in centre.
HEALTH bosses insist they have a "very strong" case to protect underthreat walk-in centres.
By December 2019, all walk-in centres must become Urgent Treatment Centres - if they meet certain criteria - in a bid to replace the "confusing" mix of walk-ins, minor injury units and urgent care centres.
"Patients told us that the walk-in centres are well-located and important to them.
"Demand for the walk-in centres is high and we need them.