Members of the public are being invited to have their say on the Walk-In Centre and the future of urgent care in Loughborough and surrounding areas.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG), which will be responsible for commissioning or ‘buying’ local healthcare from April 2013, has been looking at urgent care services locally and how they are provided.
The CCG wants to ensure that when people need urgent care they can receive it as effectively as possible, whilst looking to work with other parts of the NHS to ensure that local services such as the community hospital are as effective as possible in bringing care closer to home.
As part of this a 12-week public consultation started last Wednesday (19 October) [Ed: We only received this news today, sorry for the delay], which offers two options:
· Option one is urgent care at the current Walk-In Centre at Pinfold Gate
· Option two is urgent care provided at Loughborough Hospital in Epinal Way
Option two is the preferred option as the hospital, which is 1.6 miles from Pinfold Gate, can provide more access to diagnostic tests, including more extended access to x-rays, potential access to ultrasound scans and blood tests. There are also beds where there is potential for patients to be kept in for observation and further potential for access to clinicians already working in the hospital.
Dr Nick Willmott, a GP and chairman of the group planning the development of urgent care in West Leicestershire, said: “This consultation is about enhancing services and making sure that patients receive the best care in the most appropriate setting for their health needs.
“We believe that our plans will provide an enhanced service for those who need urgent care, whilst we continue to encourage people to see their GPs when possible for less urgent needs. Moving the Walk-In Centre could bring care closer to home for many patients accessing the urgent care service and could mean they wouldn’t have to travel into Leicester. It would also avoid duplication of services locally.”
Dr Edward Clode-Baker, of Parkview Surgery, added:
“GPs want, wherever possible, to be the first port of call if you’re in doubt about what care you need. We are doing all we can to improve access both to telephone advice and seeing patients appropriately. This will free up services at the Walk-In Centre to treat those with urgent need.”
The project group developing the proposals included GPs, a representative of Leicestershire Local Involvement Network (LINk), a patient representative, and officers of the West Leicestershire CCG. Feedback has also been received from staff at the Walk-In Centre, local government colleagues and the local MP. Leicestershire LINk has been involved in the consultation process and the engagement event held in August, and will be monitoring developments closely on behalf of patients and the public.
NHS West Midlands Clinical Commissioning Group have produced a document: “Loughborough Walk-In Centre, Managing Urgent Care In Loughborough – A Public Consultation” (pdf). This document gives you the background to their public consultation about the Walk-In Centre and urgent care in Loughborough.
The Walk-In Centre provides urgent care services in Pinfold Gate for people living in or near Loughborough. they have proposals about how people can receive these services in future, and we need to understand what local people think about these proposals. They propose to create an urgent care centre
at Loughborough Hospital which will be supported by all the services available at
that centre. We believe this will produce an enhanced service for the local population with the coming together of the professional expertise and diagnostic services that can be provided by Loughborough Hospital. This can only be achieved by the movement of the Walk-In Centre and the resources that
Please take a few moments to read through the document, and then to answer the questions at the end. The information and questionnaire are also
available online, at http://www.lcr.nhs.uk
During the consultation people will be able to have their say in a questionnaire which will be available from the Walk-In Centre, local libraries, GP surgeries and council buildings, as well as online by visiting http://www.lcr.nhs.uk before 11 January 2012. It will also be available to fill in at a series of public meetings, which take place on:
- Thursday 3 November, 7-8.30pm at Charnwood Indoor Bowls Club, Browns Lane, Loughborough, LE11 3HE
- Thursday 10 November, 7-8.30pm, Conference Room, Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH
- Thursday 17 November, 7-8.30pm, Main Hall, Shepshed High School, Forest Road, Loughborough, LE12 9DA
- Thursday 24 November, 7-8.30pm, Birstall Village Hall, Birstall Road, Birstall, LE4 4DH
- Tuesday 29 November, 7-8.30pm at Theatre Room, Wreake Valley College, Parkstone Road, Syston, LE7 1LY
- Thursday 15 December, 7-8.30pm, Quorn Church Rooms, Church Lane, Quorn, Loughborough, LE12 8DP
For more information, or to request a questionnaire via post, please call Jo Lilley on 0116 295 7626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or subscribe via email