Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 23/01/2014 14:19:58
NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is taking action following the request from local councillors and patients to try and keep Faversham’s Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) open.
A steering group has been established by the CCG to review the process used last year to find a new provider for the minor injuries service.
This process ended without success, resulting in the CCG announcing that the MIU would have to close. After concern from the community, the CCG has arranged to keep the MIU open until September while it carries out a review.
The steering group includes representatives from Faversham GPs, The Friends of Faversham Cottage Hospital and Community Health Centres, Faversham Town Council, Faversham patients, Swale Borough Council, Kent County Council and Healthwatch.
The review will include:
• How the service specification was developed
• The process that the CCG used to try to find a new provider
• The feasibility of providing X-ray services.
Each area of the review will involve members from the steering group and a report will be produced. This report will be presented to Kent County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (KCC’s HOSC) at the end of April and used to help decide on the next steps.
Dr Geoff Jones, NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG clinical lead for community services, said: “The current provider has agreed to continue the Faversham minor injuries service until September 2014. This allows us plenty of time to undertake a full and thorough review.
“We, like the people of Faversham, were disappointed that the original procurement process failed to identify a provider that was able to continue the MIU service and also offer X-ray facilities in Faversham. And that’s why this review is so important – we want to work with local people and organisations to look back at everything that has been done to date. If we missed something the first time round or there are changes that could be made to help secure the future of Faversham’s minor injuries service, then we want to know about it.”
It is anticipated that the review will be completed by April. The CCG has requested to attend the KCC's HOSC April meeting to inform members on the outcome of the review.
In the meantime, the CCG has provided a written update to KCC’s HOSC, which is due to meet on Friday 31 January. The update sets out progress following the CCG’s last meeting with the KCC's HOSC in November 2013. The update paper can be viewed on KCC’s website: www.kent.gov.uk (or direct link to paper: https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/documents/s44903/Report%20from%20NHS%20Canterbury%20and%20Coastal%20CCG.pdf).
If anyone has any comments or concerns that they would like to discuss with NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG they can call 01227 791359, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the CCG: NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, Brook House, John Wilson Business Park, Reeves Way, Chestfield, Whitstable, CT5 3DD.