NEW! NHS approves plans for 7 day GP services across South Tees
South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body, made up from local GPs, NHS managers and lay members rubber stamped the new arrangements, which will come into effect on 1 April 2017.
From 1 April 2017, people 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, having listened to the feedback from the public and professional bodies, 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.
What is ‘Making Health Simple’?
Making Health Simple is the project name for our consultation at South Tees CCG for urgent care services.
In response to increasing pressure on the health care system, in 2013 the Government announced a comprehensive review of the NHS urgent and emergency care system in England. You can find out more information on the NHS England website.
The CCG plans to replace walk in centres at Low Grange in Eston and Resolution at North Ormesby with improved access to GP from 4 extended hours GP centres that will be open 7 days a week.
From the public consultation which took place between January and April 2016, the CCG took time to fully consider the contents of the independent report. This ensured that views from the public were fed into the CCG’s decision making process. The CCG’s shared the report with key partners and stakeholders, including attending the South Tees Health Scrutiny Joint Committee on 10 June and asked for their formal response.
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.
Read the independent consultation report here.
Amanda Hume, chief officer of NHS South Tees CCG said:
“The CCG will not reduce 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.”