NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body members voted to back plans aimed at making urgent care more accessible. Greenwich residents will see improvements to urgent care services in the area after local GPs and other NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body members at a specially convened public meetin
The recommendations are based on feedback from Greenwich GPs, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and over 1300 Greenwich residents from all walks of life who took part in the three-month ‘Right Care First Time’ public consultation on urgent care.g last week (26 February) voted to back plans aimed at making urgent care more accessible.
The key improvements approved by NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group are:
- To test with some practices new ways of providing routine and urgent appointments in GP practices so that we improve access for patients.
- To understand how many local people are not registered with a GP, the reasons behind this, and to promote GP registration as the most effective way to reduce health inequalities and improve access to health services for Greenwich residents
- To join together the Greenwich out-of-hours GP service with the GP-led urgent care centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital site in Woolwich.
- No decision on the future of walk-in centres was made by our Governing Body and a commitment was given to keep these open until at least March 2015.
- The CCG agreed to work closely with the RB Greenwich’s Health & Well-being Board to develop a primary care strategy to improve the quality of, and access to, GP services locally.
Dr Hany Wahba, local GP and Chair of NHS Greenwich CCG said,
"We are extremely grateful to Greenwich residents for taking part in the consultation, sharing their views and helping to shape our decision-making. The Governing Body backed the proposals, especially after over 80 per cent of respondents to our public consultation told us they support putting GPs at the heart of urgent care provision in Greenwich and the expansion of the urgent care centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
"Patients’ views are the guiding influence in our decision-making and our decisions mean that when a Greenwich resident has an illness or injury that isn’t life-threatening but needs urgent attention, he or she is treated quickly by their own GP or at a GP-led urgent care centre that is open early and closes late.
"Over 90 per cent of people consulted were in favour of encouraging all Greenwich residents to register with a GP. So if you're not registered with a GP, please make it a priority to visit your local GP and add your name to the GP's register.