Beccles minor injury update
Patients in the Beccles area will be able to get treatment for minor injuries from Beccles Medical Practice from early February following a change in the way the service is delivered.
NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has commissioned the practice to provide a minor injuries service for registered patients and temporary residents from Monday 6 February. Until then, East Coast Community Healthcare will continue to run the existing minor injuries unit (MIU), which is based next door at Beccles Hospital.
The service will operate from the surgery during its core hours. During weekends, evenings and bank holidays, people will be able to call NHS 111 for help and advice, with anyone who needs a face-to-face consultation then invited to an appointment at the out-of-hours clinic at Beccles Hospital or be advised to attend a more appropriate service.
The change will bring the service provided in Beccles in line with the rest of the CCG area, where patients receive care for minor injuries at their own GP surgery.
Cath Byford, director of commissioning and quality with the CCG, said: “We recognise how important a minor injuries service is to local people, and are pleased that an agreement has been reached which means that patients will continue to access the care they need close to home.
“The change brings services across our area in line, and means every patient will be able to access care for minor injuries at their own GP surgery. At weekends and bank holidays, patients will be able to get advice and support from the 111 service, as well as onward referral for face-to-face consultations to the out-of-hours clinic at Beccles Hospital wherever appropriate.
“A review carried out last year showed that use of Beccles MIU is generally low. As such, we believe the new agreement with Beccles Medical Practice will provide better value for money while ensuring that patients continue to receive the same high quality service.”
Analysis of the activity at Beccles MIU showed that use of the unit is generally low, while the majority of those attending – 56% – were registered with Beccles Medical Centre. In addition, Beccles MIU does not meet the standards required for minor injuries units, as there is no specialist children’s nurse or emergency care practitioners on site.
published on 19/01/2017