The five clinical commissioning groups in mid and south Essex will meet on Friday 6 July 2018 to make decisions following the recent public consultation on proposed changes to hospital services across the area.
The Joint Committee of the CCGs will consider recommendations based on the principles outlined in the consultation which include:
- Making improvements in A&E at all three hospitals with the development of new assessment and treatment centres alongside each A&E. All three A&Es will be led by a consultant, open 24 hours a day and will receive “blue light” ambulances.
- Develop a new specialist stroke centre which would provide the highest dependency and intensive care for people in the first 72 hours following a stroke alongside rapid access to diagnostics and specialist interventions. This would be in addition to the existing stroke care units at all three hospitals which would remain in place, with patients continuing to access their local A&E department if they had symptoms of a stroke, and receiving initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
- Bring together in one place some specialist inpatient care where there is existing expertise and to allow for extended hours, seven day a week consultant and specialist cover for these services and improved outcomes for patients.
- Separate some planned operations from emergency cases. For example, some complex orthopaedic operations that need a few days hospital stay could be performed in Southend Hospital for people in south Essex and Braintree Community Hospital for people in mid Essex. This would reduce cancelled operations and rates of infection by separating this type of care from emergency care.
- Moving community services closer to where people live. For example in Thurrock the proposals outline how services currently provided at Orsett Hospital could be provided in four new “integrated medical centres” and existing and new facilities across Basildon and Brentwood.
Full details of the consultation and the outcome report can be found at www.nhsmidandsouthessex.co.uk.
The meeting, which will be held in public, will take place from 2.30pm at the Chelmsford City Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Duke Street Chelmsford, CM1 1JE.
If members of the public wish to attend they are advised to book ahead so that appropriate arrangements can be made, as admission will be on a first come, first served basis with priority given to those who have given advance notification.
Papers for the meeting can be downloaded here.
As this is an extraordinary meeting of the CCG Joint Committee there will not be the opportunity for members of the public to speak on the day. Printed copies of the meeting papers will be available at the meeting.