Have your say on proposals for prescriptions and assisted conception treatment
Residents are being invited to have their say on proposals to reduce the availability of certain items on prescription and restrict access to assisted conception treatment.
NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove, NHS South Worcestershire and NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – who are responsible for buying healthcare services for Worcestershire residents – are seeking the views of patients before making any formal decisions later this year.
As part of the public engagement exercise which launches today (Wednesday 8 March) they are asking what people think about proposals to reduce or stop access to certain medicines, treatments, products and food items on prescription, specifically:
- Treatments and medicines for short-term, minor conditions / ailments
- Gluten-free foods
- Baby milks and specialist infant formula
- Oral nutrition supplements.
The three CCGs also want to know what people think about proposals to reduce access to assisted conception (including IVF).
Mari Gay, Interim Chief Operating Officer for the three Worcestershire CCGs, said: “We face a significant financial challenge and are continuing to look at ways we can transform services to reduce possible waste and inefficiency. However we must also consider whether to constrict access to some services in the future to protect others.
“While there’s clearly a need to make some changes to what we do, any decisions must also be based on a really good understanding of patient and service user priorities.”
The public engagement exercise will last for five weeks, ending on Wednesday 12 April 2017, with the results being discussed at the CCGs’ Governing Body Meetings in May and June later in the year. To find out how to have your say visit the ‘Get Involved’ section of any of the three Worcestershire CCG websites.
Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire
CONSULTATION TO START ON THE FUTURE OF ACUTE HOSPITAL SERVICES IN WORCESTERSHIRE
Public consultation on the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire will start on Friday, January 6th 2017.
Under the plans being put to public consultation all three main hospitals, the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and the Worcestershire Royal Hospital will remain open but will work differently in future.
The main difference would be the separation of planned and emergency care and the centralisation of where children stay in hospital and where women have their babies in hospital.
Under the plans most planned operations would take place at the Alexandra and Kidderminster Hospitals which would allow the Worcestershire Royal Hospital to concentrate on caring for the sickest patients and those who need emergency operations.
By separating planned and emergency care the NHS believes it can reduce waiting times and the number of cancelled operations.
The clinical model being put forward in Worcestershire proposes moving:
- Most planned orthopaedic surgery from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to the Alexandra Hospital
- Some planned gynaecology surgery from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to the Alexandra Hospital
- More planned surgery – eg breast surgery from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to the Alexandra Hospital
- More ambulatory care (Medical care provided on an outpatient basis including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention and rehabilitation) from Worcestershire Royal Hospital to the Alexandra Hospital
- More day case and short stay surgery to Kidderminster Hospital
- All hospital births from the Alexandra Hospital to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital
- Inpatient children’s services from the Alexandra Hospital to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. (Out patient and urgent services for children with minor and moderate illnesses will remain at the Alexandra Hospital)
- Emergency surgery from the Alexandra Hospital to the Worcestershire Royal Hospital
Irrespective of the changes 95% of people would continue to receive their care in the same hospital as now and 80% of children who currently receive their treatment at the Alexandra Hospital would continue to do so.
Both Accident and Emergency Departments would remain open 24-hours a day but due to the transfer of inpatient children’s beds, the A&E at the Alexandra Hospital would be for adults (over 16 years old) only. Both the Alexandra and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals would have new Urgent Care Centres which would treat adults and children with minor and moderate illnesses and injuries. Diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments would take place in all three hospitals, as now.
Launching the consultation the Chairs of the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Worcestershire, Dr Richard Davies, Dr Anthony Kelly and Dr Clare Marley said: “Over the last few years we have seen current clinical services become increasingly unstable due to shortages of highly skilled staff, and some services have had to be altered on an emergency, temporary basis, to ensure the safety of patients.
“We believe this model will give us safe and sustainable hospital services for local residents for many years to come. But we also want to know what local residents think and whether there is anything we have missed or could do differently. We would encourage local people to read the consultation material, attend one of the events we will hold and fill in the questionnaire so that their views can be recorded and considered.”
The formal consultation starts on Friday, January 6th 2017 and all the consultation material is available online at www.worcsfuturehospitals.co.uk
The consultation will run until midnight on Thursday, March 30th 2017.
A number of public meetings and drop in events will be held during the consultation. Events which have already been organised include:
- Tuesday, January 17th drop in session at the Alexandra Hospital (main hospital corridor) 10am-4pm
- Wednesday, January 18th drop in session at the Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre (main entrance foyer) 10am – 4pm
- Thursday, January 19th, drop in session at Worcestershire Royal Hospital (main entrance foyer) 10am-4pm
- Thursday, January 26th Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG Governing Body, BHI Parkside, Bromsgrove at 9am
- Thursday, January 26th South Worcestershire CCG Governing Body, Pershore Civic Centre at 2pm
- Tuesday, February 7th Wyre Forest CCG Governing Body, Wyre Forest District Council, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster at 9am
Further events will be added and details of all events can be found on the website www.worcsfuturehospitals.co.uk as can contact details for the Future of Acute Hospital Services team.