People interested in the future of two walk-in health centres in Derby have been urged to put two important dates in their diary.
The plea was made this week by NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is reviewing services provided at the Walk-In Centre, in Osmaston Road, and Derby Open Access Centre in St. Thomas’ Road.
A consultation on options for the two centres will end on Friday 8 November, and people can have their say by completing a short questionnaire online at
www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk. Alternatively, patients can obtain a hard copy by calling the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 032 32 35.
The second big date is Tuesday 12 November when the CCG reveals its final proposals for discussion. The consultation will take place in the Darwin Suite in the Assembly Rooms DE1 3AH from 1.30pm until 4.30pm and again from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
The five options for consideration are based on the findings of the survey – which will have run for 90 days by 8 November – and on views expressed at an earlier public meeting on Wednesday 9 October.
The options are as follows:
No change to either service specification
Combine the two services on one site
Locate both services at Royal Derby Hospital’s A & E department
Close the Walk-In Centre and enhance the Open Access Centre Close the Open Access Centre and enhance the Walk-In Centre
The CCG, which buys health services for more than 525,000 patients in Derby City and Southern Derbyshire, is reviewing the services because the contracts held by the organisations running the centres come to an end in March 2015.
The CCG wants to ensure that the new contracts continue to specify the services that local people want and need.
People can sign up for the event on 12 November by emailing Communications.email@example.com or calling 01332 868732.
Dr Sheila Newport, Chair of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said:
“As these contracts are coming to an end, we want to make sure that walk-in services provided in Derby are still the right services for local people and that they still provide value for money. I must stress that the review isn’t about saving money as funding for these services will not change. This exercise is to make sure we are meeting our patients’ needs effectively.”
To learn more about the consultation, visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk or call engagement manager Claire Haynes on 01332 868677.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG represents 57 GP practices and is responsible for the healthcare of 525,000 patients in Derby and Southern Derbyshire. It is one of four clinical commissioning groups in Derbyshire.
Charles Malkin, Communications Officer
Tel: 01246 514971/07825 274111