Malton Hospital's minor injuries unit could return to 24/7 opening

Minor injuries unit at Malton Hospital

Minor injuries unit at Malton Hospital

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A REVIEW of urgent care services across the area has been launched which could see the minor injuries unit at Malton Hospital returning to 24/7 opening.

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a 12-week initiative on Monday to gather the views of residents on plans for redesigning local urgent health care services.

Urgent care is classed as care for a sudden illness or injury that needs to be treated fast, but is not a 999 emergency. Patients do not need an appointment to access an urgent care service.

Under the proposals, two urgent care services would be established – one in Ryedale and the other in Scarborough.

The current system includes the minor injuries unit at Malton Hospital, a walk-in service at Castle Health Service, in Scarborough, and the GP out-of-hours service, from 6.30pm to 8am. About 3,000 patients access urgent care services in the area every month.

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing that the urgent care centre in Ryedale will provide a smaller range of services than the centre in Scarborough, however, access will be better than at present, particularly in terms of opening times, which will be 24/7, 365 days a week.

It is aimed to launch the new service by April 2015.

Dr Omnia Hefni, local GP and urgent care lead for NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG, said: “Unless people tell us what they want we cannot provide them with what they need, so we do need as many views as possible. Although it makes sense to have the centre at Malton Hospital, it may be that people would like to see it elsewhere in Ryedale.

“From feedback we have already obtained from patients and clinicians in the area, and in line with national evidence, we have been able to develop a draft proposal and want to share this with the wider public to ensure that any service we develop not only enhances patient experience, but also results in a more efficient and cost-effective service.”

A campaign, launched by district and county councillor Lindsay Burr in 2012 gathered more than 10,000 signatures on a petition and was followed by a march through the town following a cut in opening hours at Malton minor injuries unit. The unit reopened at weekends last August, but remains closed in the evenings.

Councillor Burr said although she had not studied the fine details of the proposals yet, it sounded, in general, like a positive step forward.

“Our campaign not to close Malton minor injuries unit always focused on the need for the service locally to continue,” she said.

“This proposal would ensure the long-term future of Malton hospital and ease the acute problems in our A&Es. I will be working very closely with the CCG and the local doctors, to ensure we get the best outcome and I will also be attending as many meetings as possible to ensure residents views are at the forefront of the proposals.”

A public meeting will be held at Ryedale District Council offices on Wednesday, February 26, at 7pm.

More information, along with a video about the review, can be accessed at www.scarboroughryedaleccg.nhs.uk

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5:27pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Roger S says...

People need somewhere to go quickly in ill health and the nation needs to take everyone with them in offering services we all pay the same for. We live in an area of very low population density so services can look like money better spent elsewhere, but it is not the case. There should not be a postcode lottery on health provision.
People need somewhere to go quickly in ill health and the nation needs to take everyone with them in offering services we all pay the same for. We live in an area of very low population density so services can look like money better spent elsewhere, but it is not the case. There should not be a postcode lottery on health provision. Roger S
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7:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

baileyuk says...

malton and norton and surrounding areas have and are seriously expanding, not just housing but industry,, and yet the health facilities are dwindling? hoe can this make sense??

but whats the point of the survey those in charge at the hospital dont listen or even give a **** for their own staff,, let alone patients who seem to be treated as an inconvenience to the managers who seem so set in closing it or dwindling it down... £1000,s have been spent in surveys changing depts/trusts ect.. sack the managers and lets have a great hospital with the staff that actually care, and not the managers and middle managers or don,t give a ****..
malton and norton and surrounding areas have and are seriously expanding, not just housing but industry,, and yet the health facilities are dwindling? hoe can this make sense?? but whats the point of the survey those in charge at the hospital dont listen or even give a **** for their own staff,, let alone patients who seem to be treated as an inconvenience to the managers who seem so set in closing it or dwindling it down... £1000,s have been spent in surveys changing depts/trusts ect.. sack the managers and lets have a great hospital with the staff that actually care, and not the managers and middle managers or don,t give a ****.. baileyuk
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Maltonian says...

This could be great news for Malton hospital and for the people it serves. Let's hope it goes ahead.
This could be great news for Malton hospital and for the people it serves. Let's hope it goes ahead. Maltonian
  • Score: 6

10:21am Thu 9 Jan 14

Digeorge says...

Having used this service in the past at Malton Hospital whilst living in the area, I had a very efficient service.

Nice to see the local GPs supporting this. Come on Kirkbymoorside where are you as my late father GP would be shouting from the roof tops. Malton Hospital serves them.
Having used this service in the past at Malton Hospital whilst living in the area, I had a very efficient service. Nice to see the local GPs supporting this. Come on Kirkbymoorside where are you as my late father GP would be shouting from the roof tops. Malton Hospital serves them. Digeorge
  • Score: 2

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