Consultation on urgent care changes

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NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a formal public consultation on proposed changes to urgent care services across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

The CCG is seeking the views of local people on three different options for the future of urgent care services, all of which offer improved access to GP services, seven days a week.

It 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.

The CCG is not reducing its budget for urgent care services. However, by increasing its spending to offer extended access to GP services, it cannot sustain its two walk in centres based in North Ormesby, and its other service some four miles away in Eston Grange. These services will no longer be available after 31 March 2017, and will be replaced by a number of extended hours GP centres across the whole of the South Tees area.

The consultation is also seeking local people’s views on:

  • Introducing a GP in front of A&E to treat or signpost appropriate patients to alternative primary care services, freeing up A&E for those with the greatest need;
  • The number and potential location of extended hours GP centres that will offer access to GP services after 6pm and at weekends.

More information is available on the consultation website – www.makinghealthsimple.org, including an online survey. Paper copies are also available by contacting 01642 745401.

Public meetings

Wednesday 20 January 2016 Trinity Centre, James Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LD 5pm-7pm
Friday 29 January 2016 Saint Nicholas Parish Church Hall, Guisborough, TS14 6BS 12pm-2pm
Saturday 6 February 2016 Inspire To Learn, Eston City Learning Centre, Normanby Road, Middlesbrough, TS6 9AE 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Tuesday 16 February 2016 Skelton Civic Hall, Coniston Rd, Skelton TS12 2EY 5pm-7pm
Saturday 27 February 2016 Skelton Civic Hall, Coniston Rd, Skelton TS12 2EY 2pm-4pm
Thursday 10 March 2016 Inspire To Learn, Eston City Learning Centre, Normanby Road, Middlesbrough, TS6 9AE 5pm-7pm
Saturday 19 March 2016 Trinity Centre, James Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LD 11am-1pm
Thursday 31 March 2016 Tuned In, Majuba Road, Redcar, TS10 5BJ 12pm-2pm

To register your interest, call 01642 745401 or email stccg.makinghealthsimple@nhs.net