Health bosses in Cannock Chase have approved a decision to reduce hours at the town's Minor Injuries Unit.
At today's meeting of the Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body, board members discussed the recommendation, following a four week consultation with the public, held during September.
As a result, opening hours at the unit will reduce from 8am until midnight to 10:30am until 6:30pm from December 1st 2014.
Originally the CCG had consulted on a proposal to reduce the hours from 11am to 7pm but following feedback received during the consultation it reviewed the hours to reflect the comments made.
The main themes arising from the consultation included concern over:
- Access to GPs and appointments
- Signposting to services and knowing where to go
- Additional pressures on A and E
- Self-care and education
The CCG have listened to what patients and stakeholders have told them and as a result will:
Launch a campaign to communicate the health services available in Cannock Chase so people can access the right services, at the right time in the right place. Posters, leaflets and pull up banners with details have already been sent to each GP practices in the Cannock Chase area.
- Will carry out further, focused engagement with parents and young people.
- Will feedback to the Governing Body, on the measures the CCG is putting in place to improve access to GPs.
- Implement a robust monitoring process to ensure the reduction in hours does not have an impact on other services.
CCG Chairman Dr Johnny McMahon said: "The CCG has listened carefully to the debates held throughout the consultation process and we believe that many of the matters raised have been addressed. These measures will ensure that the reduction in hours can be implemented safely and in an appropriate timescale to assure patients that access to high quality, safe services are maintained for the people of Cannock Chase. I would like to thank those members of the public and our stakeholders for their comments and feedback. The insight they have given us has been invaluable."
The full report including details of the consultation feedback, as well as the other Governing Body papers can be found here.