Commissioners want to talk to the public about proposed changes to the GP ‘hubs’, which are GP Practices or groups of practices working together offering additional appointments after 6pm on weekdays and additional appointments on a weekend.
Following public consultation about urgent care services, the CCG introduced nine new ‘extended primary care hubs’ across the area on 1st April 2017.
It was agreed at the time to review the service after six and 12 months which involved engaging with members of the public and local GPs. The review highlighted that the ‘hubs’ were valued but were significantly underused, with the appointments being made available being double the national requirement.
The CCG wants to hear people’s views about their recommendation to deliver the extended primary care service from a reduced number of hubs located in;
- Bishop Auckland (Dales area)
- Spennymoor/Newton Aycliffe and Sedgefield (Sedgefield area)
- Peterlee/Seaham (Easington area)
A number of public consultation events have been arranged, where people can find out more about the plans and have their say. The times and dates of those events are shown in the table below. If you wish to attend please register by calling 0191 371 3222 or click on the appropriate ‘Register’ link in the table.
People can complete an online survey at www.haveasay.org.uk or if they require a hard copy can collect one from a number of local community venues such as GP practices, libraries and also from NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG who are based at Sedgefield Community Hospital.
Also see the Involve Me page
The CCG is keen to hear from local people about what other services could be delivered as part of the new service. This could include home visits for the frail/elderly, pre-bookable appointments, help with transport etc.
Dr Stewart Findlay, Chief Officer, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG said: “Our priority is to commission services that reflect the health needs of our entire population. It is clear from the numbers we are seeing in the current nine hubs that many of the appointments we made available were not being utilised and this is simply not a good use of NHS resources and the valuable skills of our healthcare professionals.
“We believe that the changes we are proposing will ensure that people will be seen at the right place, by the right healthcare professional at a time and location that will be convenient for them.”