The NHS in Hammersmith and Fulham has launched a public consultation to gather resident’s views on proposed changes to the opening hours of Hammersmith urgent care centre and the number of GP ‘hubs’ in the borough.
The proposals are:
Janet Cree managing director for Hammersmith and Fulham CCG said: “Over the coming weeks, we will be out and about listening to public views. The NHS is always looking at how we can make best use of our money. We want to provide the best possible healthcare to all our residents, but we must do so within our budget. That can mean making difficult decisions. We believe our proposals allow us to make cost savings while still providing a good level of access and care for our residents.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to have their say and get involved in the consultation.”
Hammersmith Hospital Urgent Care Centre
The first proposal seeks views on changing the opening hours of the urgent care centre at Hammersmith Hospital from 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to 8am-midnight 7 days a week.
Tim Spicer GP Chair for Hammersmith and Fulham CCG explains: “Very few people, just seven on average, use the urgent care centre at Hammersmith Hospital each night between midnight and 8am. Of those that do use the urgent care centre, most could be seen by their GP or pharmacist and nine out of ten peopleare sent home without needing any medical investigations.”
The NHS could save around £600,000 a year by closing the urgent care centre at Hammersmith Hospital from midnight to 8am each night.
Changing GP hubs
The second proposal the NHS in Hammersmith and Fulham would like the public’s view on is changing the number of GP ‘hubs’ that allow anyone in Hammersmith and Fulham to access an evening or weekend GP or nurse appointment.
A GP ‘hub’ is a GP practice that offers bookable appointments, in the evening or at weekends, to any patient registered with a GP in the borough.
Currently one in every four appointments available at the evening or weekend is not used and the NHS would prefer to reduce the number of GP practices that offer this service to one hub, to provide the best balance between financial savings and providing the
right level of care to our residents. The number of available appointments would still meet current levels of demand even if there was only one hub.
More about the consultation and how you can get involved
You can have your say on these proposals and more information and the full details of the public consultation can be found online: www.hammersmithfulhamccg.nhs.uk/your-voice/consultations-and-events/public-consultation
You can also have your say by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or writing to: FREEPOST HEALTHIER NORTH WEST LONDON.
The consultation closes on 24 May 2019.