New services set to launch
New out of hospital services which will make sure patients receive the right care as close to home as possible will be introduced in south Waveney early next year thanks to an £1.3m investment from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The CCG’s governing body yesterday agreed to develop 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 out of hospital team will be delivered by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), which already provides similar services in Lowestoft, as well as Great Yarmouth and the northern villages.
Melanie Craig, chief officer with the CCG, said: “We are delighted that these plans have been approved. They will play a significant role in further improving the care which patients 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.
“We look forward to replicating the success of the existing out of hospital teams working across the rest of Great Yarmouth and Waveney when the south Waveney service launches just after the new year.”
The model of care has been developed following extensive engagement with GPs from the South Waveney area.
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. The service will make a significant difference to scores of patients each year by ensuring they can receive care closer to home.”
The decision 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.
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.
published on 01/12/2017