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Have your say on urgent care services in Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Medway

26/07/2017

Over the past two years, Swale Clinical Commissioning Group has been talking to people about urgent care services and how they can be improved.

By urgent care, it does not mean emergency or A&E services. They are talking about Minor Injuries and Out of Hours GP services.

Feedback so far includes the need for a joined up service which is accessible for both urban and rural communities.

The CCG is now ready to start building the detail of the services they’re proposing and need your help to do that.

They are planning an event on 30 August for local people to hear what they’re planning. They want people to help them define the details of the service

Plans include building on the existing services on offer at Sheppey Community Hospital and Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital.

The CCG has been looking at minor injury units at these hospitals, the walk in GP service, GP out of hours appointments, NHS 111, and how they can build health hubs around existing services.


Plans in Swale include:
• Improving NHS 111 and putting a better service in place with more support from GPs and other clinicians and which works better with other urgent care services
• Keeping similar urgent care services to those currently provided at the hospitals in Sittingbourne and Sheppey but making sure they work in a more joined up way.
Nationally and locally, A&E services are struggling under the weight of demand and changes need to be made to the ways in which local and urgent care are provided.
Changes are being planned for A&E and urgent care services at Medway Hospital too and the event will also include a chance to hear about proposals there and have your say.

The event will take place on 30 August 2017 at Oasis Academy’s west campus in Marine Parade, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 2BE. It will be an all day event and lunch will be provided.

If you’d like to come along, please contact the CCG at swale.communications@nhs.net for more details and to book your place, or call 03000 425100.

If you’d like to come along but getting to the venue is a problem, please let the CCG know.

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