Clinicians at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are thanking the thousands of local residents and stakeholders who have responded to their urgent care review.
The period of engagement in which the CCG sought views on four potential approaches has now closed.
The approaches for review included:
- To continue to commission a Walk in Centre service in Colchester and Minor Injury Units at Clacton and Harwich.
- To stop providing the Walk in Centre and Minor Injury Unit services. Patients would be required to contact NHS 111. They would be directed by NHS 111 to their local GP, Out of Hours GP or encouraged to self-care (helping people to look after themselves).
- The establishment of a minor injury service – This proposal would see the establishment of a minor injury service which would see and treat a range of minor injuries, from fractures, wounds requiring stitching to infected bites, taking the pressure off A&E. This service would have sites in Colchester and Tendring - dependent on where there is greatest need.
- Other views and ideas from members of the public.
Since it began on Wednesday 4 January 2017, CCG representatives have visited 26 support groups meetings, held 12 public meetings during weekdays, weekends and evenings and been in busy public areas increasing awareness of the review. In total the CCG has been in contact with around 2,300 people across Colchester and Tendring and has received 3,479 completed questionnaires (correct as at 2 March).
Dr Gary Sweeney, Chairman of the CCG, said: “We have been delighted with the level and quality of feedback people have given us over the past eight weeks. I would like to thank each and every person and organisation who took the time to read and digest the available information, attended our public meetings and subsequently completed the questionnaire. We have stuck to our word and have conducted a thorough engagement process as well as listened to the views of local people on our approaches. I am pleased with what our teams have achieved and would like to thank them too. They have spent much of their own time gathering views and giving presentations to local people.”
Dr Sweeney added: “While our board will make a final decision on the future of these services, it is very clear from the early feedback received that the approach to close all three units is the least favoured option. We will take this into account along with other considerations such as clinical need and demand across north east Essex.”
Now that the engagement exercise has concluded, an independent evaluation report will be produced which will highlight the themes from the feedback received. This will be considered by the CCG’s Clinical Reference Group, Transformation and Delivery Committee, Operational Executive Committee before being presented to the board with a recommendation on 30 May (the venue for this meeting is to be confirmed).
The CCG will be releasing monthly updates on the progress of its deliberations over the weeks up to the board decision in May. Please email NEECCG.email@example.com if you would like to receive regular updates on the review.