A major review of NHS urgent care services in North Tyneside is to publicise the feedback received during a three-month public consultation.
The consultation, led by NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), asked people to consider a range of different ways in which urgent care services could be arranged in the future.
The CCG and its partners put forward four alternative scenarios for the future shape of urgent care services in North Tyneside, with patients also invited to comment on any other options they thought might be appropriate.
The four options were:
• A single North Tyneside Urgent Care Centre based at North Tyneside General Hospital (Rake Lane);
• A single North Tyneside Urgent Care Centre based at Battle Hill;
• A single North Tyneside Urgent Care Centre based at North Tyneside General Hospital (Rake Lane), supported by locality-based minor ailments services in three other areas (Killingworth, Wallsend, Whitley Bay);
• A single North Tyneside Urgent Care Centre based at Battle Hill, supported by locality-based minor ailments services in three other areas (Killingworth, Wallsend, Whitley Bay).
Dr Shaun Lackey, a local GP and Chair of the Urgent Care Working Group, said: “Over 700 people took the time to share their views using several different methods, ranging from roadshow and drop-in events to survey forms and social media, and their comments are a vital part of this process.
“All this information has been analysed by an independent organisation and is now available on our website. The next stage is a month-long period of intelligent consideration, which is a chance for local people and organisations to comment on the findings and the proposed next steps.
“We received some positive responses to the concept of a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre, as well as a number of issues being raised around things like transport and facilities.
“The next stage is for us to consider the findings alongside other clinical, financial and legal evidence before a decision is made by the CCG Executive and considered by the Governing Body in July.”
The consultation took place because the CCG cannot afford to run urgent care services in their current form, with a multiple services providing similar care in locations at Battle Hill, North Tyneside General Hospital, and Shiremoor Paediatric Minor Injuries Unit as well as GP out of hours services.
The CCG will outline the findings at a public event at the Linskill Centre, North Shields, at 6pm on Wednesday.
Everyone who has taken part in the process has been invited, with all local people welcome to attend.
Dr Lackey added: “We are constantly working to improve local healthcare services within the resources we have available, and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed as their comments will help us identify the best options for the future.”
The findings can be viewed at www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk/urgentcare