From 1 April 2017, patients across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland will be able to access GP services until 9.30pm on weekdays and from 8am-9.30pm on weekends and bank holidays from 4 extended access GP centres across South Tees.
The extended centres will replace existing walk in centres in North Ormesby and Eston Grange. They will be sited at:
- Redcar Primary Care Hospital;
- One Life Centre, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough;
- East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital, Brotton;
- North Ormesby Health Village.
In addition, the CCG will continue to refine and develop its proposal to enhance A&E at James Cook University Hospital with GP services; in particular, exploring the development of a combined GP model in A&E to enhance the care for frail, older people and support the management of primary care conditions.
The new arrangements follow a 12-week public consultation held from January to April 2016 and a review of the estate across South Tees. The CCG consulted the public on three options, all of which offered extended access to GP services that replaced the area’s two walk in centres.
The CCG’s preferred option (Option Two) was backed by nearly 54% of people who responded to the public consultation. Nearly 2000 questionnaire responses were received during a comprehensive consultation programme that included 10 public meetings across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland and a clear focus on gathering the views of minority, marginalised and disadvantaged groups.
The new arrangements will come into place on 1 April 2017. Until then, patients will be able to access services in exactly the same way as they do now.
The CCG is planning a comprehensive communications and engagement campaign to highlight to local people when the changes will take place and how it will affect them. This will include local media advertising, and information sent to every household in the South Tees area. Further information will be available at www.makinghealthsimple.org.