Cossham minor injuries unit: Secretary of State Referral November 2014

Date: 19 Nov 2014

Category: Statements

Our statement: 

Dr Jonathan Hayes, Chairman at South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We recognise the strength of feeling at today’s (19 November 2014) Public Health and Health Scrutiny Committee meeting and we will reflect on what we have heard.

“We are disappointed – but not surprised – with the decision at the meeting to refer this matter to the Secretary of State and the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

“We will cooperate fully with the process.

“We have been looking at the best way to provide urgent care services in South Gloucestershire, providing services for the whole population, closer to where they live. Patients and the public have told us they want better access to their GP and they want local access to minor injuries services.

“In common with other parts of the country, we are therefore looking at whether enhancing the provision and capacity for urgent care, including minor injuries services in GP surgeries, could fulfil these requirements.

“We are planning to pilot a scheme which will increase the availability of same day appointments at GP surgeries, including for minor injuries. We will then engage with patients and the public to gather feedback about how these services have worked and we will assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of this approach.

“If this approach works well, the services provided by a minor injuries unit would be available for patients through their GP surgery. Therefore the decision on whether to commission an MIU at Cossham will be made in 2015 once we have tested this alternative approach.

“We don’t anticipate that today’s decision will affect our plans to pilot minor injuries services in some local GP surgeries – as reflected by Public Health and Health Scrutiny Committee today.

“We recognise the frustration about reaching a decision on a minor injuries unit at Cossham. However, we have a duty to the population of the whole of South Gloucestershire to provide services that are equitable to all, evidence based, of high quality and which make the most effective use of the resources available.

“Viewing plans for a minor injuries unit in isolation of these wider considerations would not clinically be in the best interests of the 266,000 total population served by the CCG – and would be ignoring the challenging position both nationally and locally of an urgent care system under significant and sustained pressure and in need of system-wide change.”

Cossham Hospital