Discussion over urgent care overhaul continues

Discussion over urgent care overhaul continues

Discussion over urgent care overhaul continues

First published in News

THE decision to push back the deadline for responses to a public consultation into a major overhaul of urgent care services in Worcestershire has been welcomed by health leaders in the county.

At a meeting at Worcester’s County Hall on Tuesday, March 11, members of the Worcestershire Health and Well-Being Board welcomed the announcement earlier this month that the consultation into the county's Urgent Care Strategy had been extended to Wednesday, April 9.

Although the consultation was initially due to close on Wednesday, March 19 after concerns were raised that this was not enough time for people to properly scrutinise the plans, the deadline was extended by three weeks.

The strategy has been developed by a collaboration of NHS organisations across the county and sets out the future of urgent care services over the next three years in the face of falling budgets and increased demand.

Speaking at Tuesday’s meeting associate member for the voluntary and community sector Sally Ellison said it was important the plans were properly scrutinised.

“This is really important and I’m not sure up until now that lots of people knew it was going on,” she said.

But she expressed concerns about one of the key elements of the plans – the proposed closure of the Worcester Walk-In Health Centre in Farrier Street.

“Some of the people who use it are rough sleepers who can’t register with a regular doctor,” she said.

“For these people the walk-in centre is a godsend.

“The ability to go in at 1pm and get an appointment for 3pm is something you can’t get at your GP.”

If the plans are given the go-ahead the centre will stop accepting ‘walk-in’ patients from August, although it will continue to operate as a GP practice for registered patients.

But David Williams from NHS England said other elements of the plan – including provision to make services available seven days a week in order to reduce the pressure on A&E – would make the centre surplus to requirements.

“The proposal is making changes to the walk-in centre to give us money to invest elsewhere,” he said.

“We are not taking money out of the system altogether.”

To view the plans visit southworcsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/urgent-care

Feedback can be emailed to ccgcomms@worcestershire.nhs.uk or sent via Twitter using the hashtag #urgentcareworcs

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6:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

MURDER ALL THE POOR (ME INCLUDED) - ie. all those on less than the Living Wage - or PRIVITISE and just LET THEM DIE... Seriously, I don't like the way things are going... I've helped quite a few people in various states of ill health get down to the Walk-In Center and consider it a vital part of the health & care service...

Personally I'd like to change the name of The NHS (nhs = nurse) to the NCHS (nchs = nurtures) to put the CARE back in The NHS... This involves TAXING THE RICH by various means... But at a local level and bureaucratic level I can only despair at attempts to streamline as all proposals seem to feed our SOUL to INSURANCE COMPANIES, directly or indirectly...
MURDER ALL THE POOR (ME INCLUDED) - ie. all those on less than the Living Wage - or PRIVITISE and just LET THEM DIE... Seriously, I don't like the way things are going... I've helped quite a few people in various states of ill health get down to the Walk-In Center and consider it a vital part of the health & care service... Personally I'd like to change the name of The NHS (nhs = nurse) to the NCHS (nchs = nurtures) to put the CARE back in The NHS... This involves TAXING THE RICH by various means... But at a local level and bureaucratic level I can only despair at attempts to streamline as all proposals seem to feed our SOUL to INSURANCE COMPANIES, directly or indirectly... PrivateSi
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1:23pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Having read the months and months of reporting about the A&E at Worcester Royal being at crisis point, the plans for use of a word, to close the Walk in Centre at Farrier Street and redirect these people out of the centre of town which was brilliant to those who work in the city Centre and with parking close by, to the Royal Hospital, which from day one has had inadequate parking, are an absolute nonsense. The reported action to save £1million seems to forget that any additional service moved to the Royal will need large sums of money to operate. So Move the service and the money, never mind the Patients getting there. And if this is an example of the new Clinicians thinking / planning, GOD HELP US.
I attended the series of the JSR (Joint Service Review) meetings even to one held at 6 ways when after a presentation which appeared heavily in favour of one particular model, we were invited to use hand held remote voting pads and press the button to record your vote. A bit like the game shows on Television, and jolly good fun. the difference being we were choosing the model which would impact on peoples health treatment and well being .
The option prefered by the Clinicians was obvious from the very start of the JSR meetings and despite the politically motivated Protest demonstrations, from the glaringly obvious Models on offer, I and others on the JSR forecast the outcome, since what was on offer was that there were NOT enough Consultants or Senior Doctors to cover the three hospital Sites, and a shrinking budget. So it made sense to consolidate the Consultants and senior Doctors to enable efficiency, BUT AT WHICH HOSPITAL, was the problem. There is a problem in recruiting more senior staff, it seems they just don't want to work here. but prefer bigger hospitals such as the QE.
With huge respect for the health officials involved I felt that they were working in the dark as much as we were.
I still want my GP, (if I were able to get an appointment) to look after my health, run their own practises as now, and not run the NHS which is hugely dependant on Paper pushers, not Clinicians, and will never be any different, if not worse.
The NHS has been cocked up by Politicians and they should be honest enough to impliment change based upon the peoples welfare and not VOTES. Or give the NHS back to the NHS and let them get on with it. You only have to talk to staff on the wards to know the problems.
Having read the months and months of reporting about the A&E at Worcester Royal being at crisis point, the plans for use of a word, to close the Walk in Centre at Farrier Street and redirect these people out of the centre of town which was brilliant to those who work in the city Centre and with parking close by, to the Royal Hospital, which from day one has had inadequate parking, are an absolute nonsense. The reported action to save £1million seems to forget that any additional service moved to the Royal will need large sums of money to operate. So Move the service and the money, never mind the Patients getting there. And if this is an example of the new Clinicians thinking / planning, GOD HELP US. I attended the series of the JSR (Joint Service Review) meetings even to one held at 6 ways when after a presentation which appeared heavily in favour of one particular model, we were invited to use hand held remote voting pads and press the button to record your vote. A bit like the game shows on Television, and jolly good fun. the difference being we were choosing the model which would impact on peoples health treatment and well being . The option prefered by the Clinicians was obvious from the very start of the JSR meetings and despite the politically motivated Protest demonstrations, from the glaringly obvious Models on offer, I and others on the JSR forecast the outcome, since what was on offer was that there were NOT enough Consultants or Senior Doctors to cover the three hospital Sites, and a shrinking budget. So it made sense to consolidate the Consultants and senior Doctors to enable efficiency, BUT AT WHICH HOSPITAL, was the problem. There is a problem in recruiting more senior staff, it seems they just don't want to work here. but prefer bigger hospitals such as the QE. With huge respect for the health officials involved I felt that they were working in the dark as much as we were. I still want my GP, (if I were able to get an appointment) to look after my health, run their own practises as now, and not run the NHS which is hugely dependant on Paper pushers, not Clinicians, and will never be any different, if not worse. The NHS has been cocked up by Politicians and they should be honest enough to impliment change based upon the peoples welfare and not VOTES. Or give the NHS back to the NHS and let them get on with it. You only have to talk to staff on the wards to know the problems. Jabbadad
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1:49pm Sat 15 Mar 14

PrivateSi says...

Personally I remember commenting on this last year and I suggested THE EXACT OPPOSITE... I suggested using The Walk In Center as a 24/7 Very well policed at night EXTRA MINOR A & E CENTER - especially as it's CLOSE TO THE CELLS (which is where half the Friday & Saturday INJURED end up at some point that night or the next day, ANYWAY)...

This would take pressure OFF the overloaded hospital A & E - and for all those PARANOID MUMS with zero healing skills / knowledge in St. Johns / town it would be useful too... EXPAND THE WALK IN CENTER... But then you're going to have to have a WHIP ROUND - I suggest another COUNCIL TAX BRACKET OR 2 for the MEGA MANSIONERS...
Personally I remember commenting on this last year and I suggested THE EXACT OPPOSITE... I suggested using The Walk In Center as a 24/7 Very well policed at night EXTRA MINOR A & E CENTER - especially as it's CLOSE TO THE CELLS (which is where half the Friday & Saturday INJURED end up at some point that night or the next day, ANYWAY)... This would take pressure OFF the overloaded hospital A & E - and for all those PARANOID MUMS with zero healing skills / knowledge in St. Johns / town it would be useful too... EXPAND THE WALK IN CENTER... But then you're going to have to have a WHIP ROUND - I suggest another COUNCIL TAX BRACKET OR 2 for the MEGA MANSIONERS... PrivateSi
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3:42pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

Well our council tax is going up £24 and with no complaints since I strongly beleive that if collective monies (such as taxes) are used wisely this is better than leaving £24 pounds in mine or others pockets and bank accounts, since as just £24 it will do little. We are however asking the councils to act wisely when they are spending / allocating our money.
Well our council tax is going up £24 and with no complaints since I strongly beleive that if collective monies (such as taxes) are used wisely this is better than leaving £24 pounds in mine or others pockets and bank accounts, since as just £24 it will do little. We are however asking the councils to act wisely when they are spending / allocating our money. Jabbadad
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