These Centres would provide access to the right advice in the right place, first time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Centres would be staffed by doctors and emergency nurses with x-rays and blood testing available. Equipment available in the Centres would include full resuscitation trolleys, oxygen, suction and emergency drugs.
The Five Year Plan from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust shows that 54% of the people who currently attend A&E departments need urgent medical attention, but 46% do not actually need the full specialised services of an emergency department and these patients could be dealt with elsewhere quickly and more appropriately.
“As a GP, I know that an Urgent Care Centre would be the right place for many of the people who currently go to A&E. It would be open 24/7, staffed by highly experienced doctors and nurses who have trained in emergency care over many years”
Dr Majid Azeb. GP at Southowram Practice and Urgent Care Lead for Calderdale
Both of the Urgent Care Centres at Calderdale and Huddersfield would treat:
For this arrangement to work as well as possible we would need to:
Our CCG and health leaders recognise that improvements are also needed to GP services to make it easier for people to be seen quickly at their own local GP practice, as we know from feedback received that this is very important to local people.
Both CCGs are planning improvements to in-hours and out of hours GP services to reduce the need for patients to attend hospital when they have an urgent care need.
We have also included a page on Travel and Transport which has all the documents relating to the travel analysis undertaken as part of the Pre-Consultation Business Case.
You may also wish to read the answers to the questions that people have already sent in. We will be updating this document as and when questions are sent in.