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New out of hospital services

Out of hospital services could be in place in South Waveney in the new year if NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) give them the go-ahead at a meeting on Thursday (30 November).

The CCG’s governing body is being asked to approve plans to develop £1.3m of services, including an out of hospital team, beds with care and a community-based phlebotomy service at the five South Waveney GP practices. The package also includes additional funding for the minor injuries service which the practices provide for their patients.

The recommendation comes following the CCG’s ‘shape of the system’ consultation in 2015. Since then, out of hospital services have been introduced in Lowestoft, Southwold, Great Yarmouth and the northern villages, while Beccles Hospital has been developed into an intermediate care facility. The out of hospital service for South Waveney represents the final piece of the jigsaw.

If approved, the service will be delivered by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), which currently provides out of hospital services for Lowestoft, as well as Great Yarmouth and the northern villages.

The model of care has been developed following extensive engagement with GPs from the South Waveney area.

Melanie Craig, chief officer with the CCG, said: “These plans will further improve the care which patients in the South Waveney area receive by ensuring they are seen by the right professional at the right time and in the right place. Wherever possible, this will be in, or close to, their own homes.

“The out of hospital teams working across the rest of Great Yarmouth and Waveney have been extremely well-received by patients and we look forward to replicating that success in South Waveney.”

Dr Kevin MacLusky, a GP with Cutler’s Hill Surgery in Halesworth, said: “I applaud the CCG’s plans to provide an out of hospital team for South Waveney to help us provide care at, or closer to, home.

“The health service has to change to provide the best quality and value for money, and an out of hospital team will be welcomed by patients, carers and clinicians alike.”

Dr Tim Morton, a GP partner at Beccles Medical Centre, said: “We are pleased that we have been able to work with the CCG to shape these plans for out of hospital services in South Waveney. If the proposal is approved, the service will make a significant difference to scores of patients each year by ensuring they can receive care closer to home.”

Dr David Johnston of Longshore Surgeries, which has practices in Kessingland, Wrentham and Wangford, said: “If approved, these plans will not only improve out of hospital care, but will also enable GPs to provide a community phlebotomy service, which is great news for patients.”

The governing body meeting will be held in public on Thursday 30 November at 1.30pm in Beccles House. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Once the new services are in place, the CCG will discuss a business case for the future of services on the Patrick Stead Hospital site, including the hospital building.

 

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published on 28/11/2017

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