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Canterbury and Coastal health team talks X-rays, child mental health and winter planning

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 09/10/2013 15:49:31


Progress with improving a new hospital computer system for X-ray and scan results was discussed at last week’s NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) governing body meeting.

The public meeting, which took place on 2 October, was held at Lower Hardres Village Hall.

During the meeting concerns were raised from local GPs about delays in receiving patient X-ray and scan results from East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT). The GPs all work in the Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Faversham, Sandwich and Ash areas.

The governing body agreed that they will feed concerns back and work with EKHUFT to ensure that the computer system is robust, both from a hospital and GP perspective. 

Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, said: “It’s very important that any instances of GPs not receiving patient results through the hospital’s new computer system are thoroughly investigated, so a resolution to the IT problems can be found as soon as possible. In the meantime, if a patient has a concern about receiving their results they should contact their GP practice.”

The governing body also heard an update on Child Adolescent and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) around plans to re-design the out-of-hours service. It was highlighted that young people in the NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG area are currently seen within an average of three weeks for an initial assessment.

A discussion took place around plans to cope with increased pressures on the area’s healthcare services during the winter months. Seasonal variations in illness have historically resulted in increased emergency admissions and length of stay in hospital during winter months, with pressures peaking between December and March. 

The CCG is currently working with health and care organisations across the area to make sure winter plans are consistent and joined-up. They will also be reminding local people to make  GPs their first port of call when feeling unwell to help reduce pressure on other health services, such as Accident and Emergency departments. 

Michael Vince, a Herne Bay resident and retired nurse, said: “As a local resident and member of East Kent’s Keep Our NHS Public group, I was interested in attending this meeting to see first-hand how the CCG is run. I’ve been impressed with level of detail and the commitment of the governing body members. A number of topics that I was interested in hearing about were covered during the meeting. It appears that addressing issues at a local level works well.”

The next NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG governing body meeting will take place on 6 November, 2-5pm at Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Thanington Road, Canterbury, CT1 3XE. Papers will be published in advance of the meeting here.

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