Consultation on the future of out-of-hours medical services

Members of the public in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are being given an opportunity to help shape overnight and weekend medical services.

Consultation on the future of out-of-hours medical services

Members of the public in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are being given an opportunity to help shape overnight and weekend medical services.

They have until Friday 30 March to give their comments to Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust (PCT) about the medical services they would like available between 6.30pm and 8am Mondays to Fridays, 6.30pm Friday night to 8am Monday and on public and bank holidays.

The PCT has worked in collaboration with Norfolk PCT to produce a draft service specification document for an out-of-hours service for patients with urgent or emergency medical needs.

Sandy Griffiths, patient and public Involvement manager at Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT, said the specification had already been sent to key stakeholders, including patient groups.

“In it, we set out the type of service that we believe will continue to meet the needs of the 227,000 population of Great Yarmouth and Waveney and deliver value for money,” she said.

“However, before we put it out to tender we want to give everyone a chance to have their say and influence out-of-hours medical services in the future.

“It is only a 10-page document and we would urgent as many people as possible to take a look and to share their comments with us. We will then amend the specification as a result of the comments we receive before it goes out to tender.”

As a result of a new national GP contract, responsibility for providing out-of-hours cover transferred from individual GP practices to primary care trusts on 31 December 2004 at the latest.

Anglian Medical Care, part of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, took over the provision of GP out-of-hours services in Great Yarmouth from 1 June that year and in Waveney four months later.  AMC also currently provides services for the rest of Norfolk.

The draft service specification states: “The vision is one of a fully integrated service, accessible via one telephone call by the patient, which provides the most effective and appropriate intervention, provided locally.

“In reality, this encompasses a diverse range of statutory, voluntary and private services in a co-ordinated network of care.”

* The out-of-hours service specification document is available on www.gywpct.nhs.uk, the Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT website.

Alternatively, contact James Elliott, Director of Commissioning and Planning, or Stephanie Groom, Commissioning Manager, by phoning the PCT on 01502 719500 or by emailing james.elliott@nhs.net or stephanie.groom@waveneyhq-pct..nhs.uk

Comments should be made to them by email or by writing to Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT, 1 Common Lane North, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9BN.

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