We want your views on a new proposal for improving minor injuries services in South Gloucestershire.
The pilot aims to improve access to community-based minor injury services by increasing the range of health care services available at local GP practices.
A formal decision on whether to proceed with the pilot will be considered by our Governing Body in September.
Piloting the service
The pilot, as currently planned, will be delivered by practice-based nurses supported by GPs.
Additional staffing and resources will be put in place to provide the necessary extra capacity.
The service is intended to offer patients greater choice of where they can access care for a minor injury and will complement existing services in South Gloucestershire at Yate Minor Injuries Unit and Southmead Hospital.
Improving urgent and emergency care services
This is an important development in our plans to improve urgent and emergency care services across South Gloucestershire, with a particular emphasis on providing more care closer to home.
People have told us they want better access to their GP practices and better access to urgent care services in the community.
This new service aims to deliver both – through a GP practice-based model delivered at surgeries throughout South Gloucestershire.
"We believe our proposal is the best and most cost-effective option for improving local access to minor injury services in South Gloucestershire and I urge people to help shape the service by sharing their views before the pilot launches later in 2015"
- Dr Ann Sephton, Deputy Clinical Chair and Lead for Emergency and Urgent Care
Treating minor injuries
The proposed minor injuries service would treat injuries including sprains and strains, cuts and grazes, minor fractures, minor burns and scalds, bites, minor eye injuries and minor head injuries.
It would not treat major injuries or illnesses, for example those needing immediate plastering or crutches, severe breathlessness, severe abdominal pain, severe chest pain or strokes.
GP practices would continue to provide all of their current services, including those for minor illness, long-term conditions and general family practice.
As proposed, appointments for the service would be available between 8.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
The CCG is also considering options for providing a service outside of these hours – details of which will be shared once they are available.
Support from local GPs
In principle, the CGG has support on the proposal from GP practices in all South Gloucestershire localities.
Our proposal would increase the availability of same day appointments at GP surgeries.
As part of the pilot, which is expected to run for a period of 24-months, we will engage with patients and local people to gather feedback about how this service has worked and we will assess the cost and clinical effectiveness of this approach.
Our number one priority is to improve urgent and emergency care services for South Gloucestershire residents, particularly for frail older people and for people with long-term conditions.
The survey will be open until 7pm on Friday 11 September 2015