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This Saturday! Skelton consultation event to find out more about plans to introduce 7 day GP services

People living in the Skelton area will be able to find out more about plans by the local NHS to introduce 7 day access to GP services at a consultation event on Saturday 27 February.

The event will take place at Skelton Civic Hall, Coniston Road, Skelton, TS12 2EY from 2pm til 4pm. People are encouraged to reserve a place by contacting 01642 745401 or visiting www.makinghealthsimple.org.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and funds the majority of health services on behalf of the local population and has launched a public consultation on changes to urgent care services across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

The CCG is planning to replace walk in centres at Low Grange in Eston and Resolution at North Ormesby with improved access to GP services from either 4, 6 or 8 extended hours GP centres that will be open 7 days a week.

The CCG wants to make better use of its £8.4 million urgent care budget by simplifying services, reducing duplication, and ensuring that the free to call NHS 111 service plays a more prominent role in the future of urgent care services.

Amanda Hume, chief officer of NHS South Tees CCG said: “The CCG is not reducing its budget for urgent care services. We want to make best use of this critical resource, and respond to the significant feedback around improving GP access across the whole of our population, 7 days a week.

“In order to do this, the CCG cannot also maintain the two walk in centres as they currently exist. Therefore from 31 March 2017 we will be replacing these services with a number of extended hours GP centres across the whole of the South Tees area. Patients who are registered at the walk in centres are not affected by this consultation.”

The consultation is also seeking local people’s views on:

  • Introducing a GP in front of A&E to treat or signpost appropriate patients to alternative primary care services, freeing up A&E for those with the greatest need;
  • The number and potential location of extended hours GP centres that will offer access to GP services after 6pm and at weekends.

This follows extensive engagement with local people and key partners, which began in July 2015 and gathered the views and experiences of over 1,500 local people. The CCG were keen to understand local experiences of urgent care services across South Tees, including:

  • GP practices;
  • GP out of hours services;
  • NHS 111;
  • Minor injuries units (MIUs) (James Cook University Hospital and Redcar Primary Care Hospital);
  • Walk in centres (Resolution at North Ormesby and Low Grange at Eston);
  • Pharmacies;
  • Self care (looking after yourself).

A number of key themes emerged from the engagement phase. The engagement report is available on the consultation website –www.makinghealthsimple.org.

These were:

  • Many people find the current system confusing;
  • Most people do try and care for themselves before using services;
  • When they do use a service, most people’s preference is to see a GP;
  • Most people get an appointment with their GP when they need one (although some might not get one on the same day);
  • Most people will obtain health information from their GP practice, the internet or a pharmacist;
  • Many people haven’t heard of NHS 111;
  • The majority of people who phoned 111, said it was a positive experience;
  • People were concerned that the number of questions asked by NHS 111 call handlers caused delays in dealing with their problem;
  • The majority of people reported having a positive experience of using local walk in centres;
  • Most people said that Accident & Emergency should only be used by patients who have a life threatening condition;
  • People believe that it is important that their health records can be shared between services.

As a result, the CCG has formed a number of options for the ‘Making Health Simple: Right Place, First Time’ consultation.

The options for the consultation are described below in more detail. In summary, the CCG wants local people to have their say on:

  • How long seven day GP access should be extended by;
  • How many extended GP centres there are and their potential locations;
  • The introduction of a GP working in front of the A&E department at James Cook University Hospital, to relieve pressure within A&E by treating or signposting patients to other GP services according to the urgency and nature of their health need.

 

Options the CCG is consulting the public on

Option One

  • 6 Extended Hours GP Centres (6pm to 8pm weekdays and 8am to 8pm at weekends, replacing walk in centres at North Ormesby and Eston Grange);
  • GP working at the front of the A&E department at James Cook University Hospital;
  • GP out of hours service reduced to 8pm to 8am, 7 days a week;
  • GP led minor injuries units with x-ray (James Cook University Hospital open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Redcar Primary Care Hospital open 8am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week – reduced from 24 hour opening to reflect the significant reduction in patient demand after 9.30pm).

Option Two*

  • 4 Extended Hours GP Centres (6pm to 9.30pm weekdays and 8am to 9.30pm at weekends, replacing walk in centres at North Ormesby and Eston Grange);
  • GP working at the front of the A&E department at James Cook University Hospital;
  • GP out of hours service reduced to 9.30pm to 8am, 7 days a week;
  • GP led minor injuries units with x-ray (James Cook University Hospital open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Redcar Primary Care Hospital open 8am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week – reduced from 24 hour opening to reflect the significant reduction in patient demand after 9.30pm).

*The CCG believes Option 2 is the best option because:

  1. It is the optimum affordable solution.
  2. It offers extended opening in primary care until 9.30pm that matches demand.
  3. It reduces confusion and makes services simpler for people to understand. After 9.30pm, people would call NHS 111 and be directed to the

Skelton consultation event to find out more about plans to introduce 7 day GP services

People living in the Skelton area will be able to find out more about plans by the local NHS to introduce 7 day access to GP services at a consultation event on Tuesday 16 February.

The event will take place at Skelton Civic Hall, Coniston Road, Skelton, TS12 2EY from 5pm til 7pm. People are encouraged to reserve a place by contacting 01642 745401 or visiting www.makinghealthsimple.org.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and funds the majority of health services on behalf of the local population and has launched a public consultation on changes to urgent care services across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

The CCG is planning to replace walk in centres at Low Grange in Eston and Resolution at North Ormesby with improved access to GP services from either 4, 6 or 8 extended hours GP centres that will be open 7 days a week.

The CCG wants to make better use of its £8.4 million urgent care budget by simplifying services, reducing duplication, and ensuring that the free to call NHS 111 service plays a more prominent role in the future of urgent care services.

Amanda Hume, chief officer of NHS South Tees CCG said: “The CCG is not reducing its budget for urgent care services. We want to make best use of this critical resource, and respond to the significant feedback around improving GP access across the whole of our population, 7 days a week.

“In order to do this, the CCG cannot also maintain the two walk in centres as they currently exist. Therefore from 31 March 2017 we will be replacing these services with a number of extended hours GP centres across the whole of the South Tees area. Patients who are registered at the walk in centres are not affected by this consultation.”

The consultation is also seeking local people’s views on:

  • Introducing a GP in front of A&E to treat or signpost appropriate patients to alternative primary care services, freeing up A&E for those with the greatest need;
  • The number and potential location of extended hours GP centres that will offer access to GP services after 6pm and at weekends.

This follows extensive engagement with local people and key partners, which began in July 2015 and gathered the views and experiences of over 1,500 local people. The CCG were keen to understand local experiences of urgent care services across South Tees, including:

  • GP practices;
  • GP out of hours services;
  • NHS 111;
  • Minor injuries units (MIUs) (James Cook University Hospital and Redcar Primary Care Hospital);
  • Walk in centres (Resolution at North Ormesby and Low Grange at Eston);
  • Pharmacies;
  • Self care (looking after yourself).

A number of key themes emerged from the engagement phase. The engagement report is available on the consultation website –www.makinghealthsimple.org.

These were:

  • Many people find the current system confusing;
  • Most people do try and care for themselves before using services;
  • When they do use a service, most people’s preference is to see a GP;
  • Most people get an appointment with their GP when they need one (although some might not get one on the same day);
  • Most people will obtain health information from their GP practice, the internet or a pharmacist;
  • Many people haven’t heard of NHS 111;
  • The majority of people who phoned 111, said it was a positive experience;
  • People were concerned that the number of questions asked by NHS 111 call handlers caused delays in dealing with their problem;
  • The majority of people reported having a positive experience of using local walk in centres;
  • Most people said that Accident & Emergency should only be used by patients who have a life threatening condition;
  • People believe that it is important that their health records can be shared between services.

As a result, the CCG has formed a number of options for the ‘Making Health Simple: Right Place, First Time’ consultation.

The options for the consultation are described below in more detail. In summary, the CCG wants local people to have their say on:

  • How long seven day GP access should be extended by;
  • How many extended GP centres there are and their potential locations;
  • The introduction of a GP working in front of the A&E department at James Cook University Hospital, to relieve pressure within A&E by treating or signposting patients to other GP services according to the urgency and nature of their health need.

 

Options the CCG is consulting the public on

Option One

  • 6 Extended Hours GP Centres (6pm to 8pm weekdays and 8am to 8pm at weekends, replacing walk in centres at North Ormesby and Eston Grange);
  • GP working at the front of the A&E department at James Cook University Hospital;
  • GP out of hours service reduced to 8pm to 8am, 7 days a week;
  • GP led minor injuries units with x-ray (James Cook University Hospital open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Redcar Primary Care Hospital open 8am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week – reduced from 24 hour opening to reflect the significant reduction in patient demand after 9.30pm).

Option Two*

  • 4 Extended Hours GP Centres (6pm to 9.30pm weekdays and 8am to 9.30pm at weekends, replacing walk in centres at North Ormesby and Eston Grange);
  • GP working at the front of the A&E department at James Cook University Hospital;
  • GP out of hours service reduced to 9.30pm to 8am, 7 days a week;
  • GP led minor injuries units with x-ray (James Cook University Hospital open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Redcar Primary Care Hospital open 8am to 9.30pm, 7 days a week – reduced from 24 hour opening to reflect the significant reduction in patient demand after 9.30pm).

*The CCG believes Option 2 is the best option because:

  1. It is the optimum affordable solution.
  2. It offers extended opening in primary care until 9.30pm that matches demand.
  3. It reduces confusion and makes services simpler for people to understand. After 9.30pm, people would call NHS 111 and be directed to the

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