The Governing Body of NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made a decision on proposed changes to community health services at a meeting held this morning at Eston Civic and Learning Centre.
Following the IMProVE (Integrated Management and Pro-active Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) public consultation which took place between April and July 2014, and the independent compilation of a report of the findings, the Governing Body has approved the recommended changes to care for the vulnerable and elderly in the South Tees area.
The South Tees CCG Executive Team recommended to the Governing Body that the following changes to care be taken forward in a phased approach:
- Centralisation of stroke services to Redcar Primary Care Hospital by April 2015
- Closure of the two minor injury services in East Cleveland and Guisborough Primary Care Hospitals. Consolidation and enhancement of minor injury services onto one single site (Redcar Primary Care Hospital) by April 2015
- Closure of Carter Bequest Hospital and transfer of services within the community by April 2015 alongside the progression of improved community infrastructure
- Part closure of Guisborough Primary Care Hospital (main building), removal of beds subject to implementation of improved community infrastructure by April 2016
- Redevelopment of the Chaloner Building in order to house transferred services as well as additional community based services by April 2016
- Development of a pilot weekend district nursing clinic within East Cleveland Hospital to commence by April 2015 in line with consolidation of minor injury services
These recommendations support the initial aims of IMProVE to develop a model of care which is based on the principles of ‘right care, right place, at the right time’ with the overall aim of providing care as close to home as possible, wherever this can be done safely and cost effectively.
The CCG will work with key partners to monitor phased implementation and provide regular update reports. Communications plans will be developed to raise awareness about patient transport and understanding of where and when urgent care services can be accessed.
Dr Henry Waters, Chair of NHS South Tees CCG said, “Approval of the IMProVE recommendations by the Governing Body will allow work to begin on the changes to services. The clinically-led view is that these changes are in the best interests of the South Tees population. This is an exciting time and a phased approach has been agreed in order to ensure that quality of care is not compromised. We would like to thank members of the public and stakeholders who got involved in the IMProVE consultation and shared their opinions on our proposals. Regular updates will be communicated detailing progress with our plans.”
Further information about the IMProVE programme, including consultation documents and the report of findings can be seen at www.southteesccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/consultations/improve/