The consultation into the Cannock Minor Injuries Unit will start next month.
Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced details of the forthcoming consultation which will run from Monday 1 September to Sunday 28 September 2014.
The CCG want to engage with as many stakeholders, patients and members of the public as possible on their proposal to operate a reduce hours service at the Minor Injuries Unit. The CCG's preferred option is to retain the unit but reduce its opening hours so that it remains open when patients use it the most. It comes after CCG data shows the number of patients attending the unit drops significantly after 7pm.
A consultation document outlining the background and context to the proposal in more detail and the way in which stakeholders and the public can feed back their views is being produced. It will be publically available from 1 September 2014.
A series of meetings have also been arranged, which the public are invited to attend so they can share their views on the proposal:
- Wednesday 3 September 2014, 2-4pm, Avon Business and Leisure Centre, Avon Road, Cannock WS11 1LH
- Wednesday 10 September 2014, 10am-12 noon, The Aquarius Ballroom, Victoria Shopping Park, Hednesford WS12 1BT
- Thursday 18 September 2014, 6-8pm, Rugeley Rose Theatre and Community Hall, Taylors Lane, Rugeley WS15 2AA
The CCGs Annual General Meeting (AGM) is taking place on Thursday 4 September 2014 between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. It is an opportunity for the public to attend to hear about the CCG's achievements and priorities over the last 12 months and its aims for the future. There will also be time to ask any questions you may have at the end of the AGM. It's being held at the Aquarius Ballroom, Victoria Shopping Park, Hednesford WS12 1BT.
CCG Chairman Dr Johnny McMahon said: "I would urge as many people as possible to book a place and attend one of our meetings so they have chance to feed into the consultation process and into the final decision. We are using a range of ways to engage with people as part of the consultation, via face to face meetings, through an online survey and people can also fill in a hard copy of the consultation document which they can request a copy of.
He added: "This consultation is about a proposal to reduce the hours at the Minor Injuries Unit from 8am-12midnight to 11am-7pm. This is because our data shows that the majority of patients use the unit during certain time periods.
"We need to ensure that local people are able to access the services they need at the Minor Injuries Unit, at times our data shows they need access to it the most. At the same time we also need to ensure that the service we are providing is cost effective," Dr Mcmahon said.
You will also be able to find out more detail and fill in an online survey at our website from 1 September 2014.