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2019

NHS seeks public views on proposed changes in Hammersmith and Fulham

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:

  1. To change the 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 (closed overnight).

  2. To change the number of GP ‘hubs’ that allow anyone in Hammersmith and Fulham to access an evening or weekend GP or nurse appointment.

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.

  • The urgent care centre is run by nurses and GPs and helps people with minor illnesses and injuries that are not life threatening
  • No ambulances have arrived at the urgent care centre overnight in the last year
  • Around 9 out of 10 patients at night are sent home without needing any investigations
  • A change to the opening hours has been proposed as there are currently two urgent care centres in the borough and three 24/7 urgent care centres with 3½ miles of each other
  • The proposed changes to the opening hours have been clinically reviewed and assured as part of the NHS England assurance process.

 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: hafccg.engagement@nhs.net
Or writing to: FREEPOST HEALTHIER NORTH WEST LONDON.

The consultation closes on 24 May 2019. 

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