Plan to move out-of-hours GP service to hospital blocked

The Bolton News: Plan to move out-of-hours GP service to hospital blocked Plan to move out-of-hours GP service to hospital blocked

PROPOSALS to relocate the GP out-of-hours service to the Royal Bolton Hospital have been blocked by health chiefs.

The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which funds the service, submitted proposals to move it from Waters Meeting Health Centre, in Waters Meeting Road, to the hospital site to save £347, 000 per year.

But Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) did not approve the plans on grounds that moving the service to the hospital would contradict plans to provide more care in the community.

Parking fees at the Royal Bolton were also cited as a disadvantage of the move.

Dr Wirin Bhatiani, CCG chairman, said: “The CCG’s primary considerations are the provision of high-quality care for patients and ensuring we commission the best services we can with the public money available.

“The GP out-of-hours service is one option for those who need urgent care when their GP surgery is closed.

"People can also choose to seek advice from their pharmacist or ‘self care’, which simply means taking care of oneself.

"Accident and emergency units should only be used for serious or life-threatening conditions.”

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3:42pm Mon 17 Feb 14

oftbewildered2 says...

It is all very well to have out of hours at Waters Meeting Road - try getting there by public transport from Westhoughton or Blackrod (in hours or out of hours). It is hardly central. Landmark House was better situated. If you are too ill to drive you would need to take a taxi - or get relatives to drive to your house to take you. Not everyone has the use of a car. Could there not be another out of hours at our side of town?
It is all very well to have out of hours at Waters Meeting Road - try getting there by public transport from Westhoughton or Blackrod (in hours or out of hours). It is hardly central. Landmark House was better situated. If you are too ill to drive you would need to take a taxi - or get relatives to drive to your house to take you. Not everyone has the use of a car. Could there not be another out of hours at our side of town? oftbewildered2
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6:48pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Blackrod says...

Agreed Landmark House was much better
Agreed Landmark House was much better Blackrod
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7:20pm Mon 17 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

A couple of duty GP's at the hospital would be far better for us in South Bolton, or even better, a duty GP in each area rather than just one place, I wonder how many people take children to A&E because they just can't afford transport to Waters Meeting ?
£20 in taxi's from this end of Bolton which isnt to be coughed at for low income families.
But saying that, it wasnt so long ago that we had to use a place in Salford !
A couple of duty GP's at the hospital would be far better for us in South Bolton, or even better, a duty GP in each area rather than just one place, I wonder how many people take children to A&E because they just can't afford transport to Waters Meeting ? £20 in taxi's from this end of Bolton which isnt to be coughed at for low income families. But saying that, it wasnt so long ago that we had to use a place in Salford ! mr.mark.c
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8:24am Tue 18 Feb 14

Undetectableman says...

The best set up was the walk in centre emergency service at Lever Chambers which was central easily accessible by all means of transport and used by many surely this should have been kept at the location and upgraded to include the emergency GP service. But sadly that is using common sense something that the planners or CCG or whatever they call themselves now are incapable of deploying.

We now have Bolton One, already with consulting rooms etc, again better located than Watersmeeting but sadly the domain of diligent traffic wardens tasked with boosting our beloved councils coffers and a severe shortage of parking facilities anyway.

In old fashioned parlance "They couldn't organise a **** up in a brewery"
The best set up was the walk in centre emergency service at Lever Chambers which was central easily accessible by all means of transport and used by many surely this should have been kept at the location and upgraded to include the emergency GP service. But sadly that is using common sense something that the planners or CCG or whatever they call themselves now are incapable of deploying. We now have Bolton One, already with consulting rooms etc, again better located than Watersmeeting but sadly the domain of diligent traffic wardens tasked with boosting our beloved councils coffers and a severe shortage of parking facilities anyway. In old fashioned parlance "They couldn't organise a **** up in a brewery" Undetectableman
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11:21pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA.

".....Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) did not approve the plans on grounds that moving the service to the hospital would contradict plans to provide more care....

" ............in ever more privatised facilities.

“The GP out-of-hours service is one option for those who need urgent care when their GP surgery is closed."

If I need URGENT care it IS an emergency.

"URGENT": requiring immediate action or attention.

synonyms: acute, grave, pressing, dire, desperate, critical, crucial,

sore, serious, intense, crying, burning, compelling, drastic, extreme.

How much more of an emergency can it become for god's sake?


The NHS is under strain because of the £20 billion cuts -

not because I can't tell an URGENT situation
from an EMERGENCY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA. ".....Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) did not approve the plans on grounds that moving the service to the hospital would contradict plans to provide more care.... " ............in ever more privatised facilities. “The GP out-of-hours service is one option for those who need urgent care when their GP surgery is closed." If I need URGENT care it IS an emergency. "URGENT": requiring immediate action or attention. synonyms: acute, grave, pressing, dire, desperate, critical, crucial, sore, serious, intense, crying, burning, compelling, drastic, extreme. How much more of an emergency can it become for god's sake? The NHS is under strain because of the £20 billion cuts - not because I can't tell an URGENT situation from an EMERGENCY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! Puffin-Billy
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11:35pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

Puffin-Billy wrote:
PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA.

".....Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) did not approve the plans on grounds that moving the service to the hospital would contradict plans to provide more care....

" ............in ever more privatised facilities.

“The GP out-of-hours service is one option for those who need urgent care when their GP surgery is closed."

If I need URGENT care it IS an emergency.

"URGENT": requiring immediate action or attention.

synonyms: acute, grave, pressing, dire, desperate, critical, crucial,

sore, serious, intense, crying, burning, compelling, drastic, extreme.

How much more of an emergency can it become for god's sake?


The NHS is under strain because of the £20 billion cuts -

not because I can't tell an URGENT situation
from an EMERGENCY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!
May I ask what drugs you abuse ?
[quote][p][bold]Puffin-Billy[/bold] wrote: PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA. ".....Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) did not approve the plans on grounds that moving the service to the hospital would contradict plans to provide more care.... " ............in ever more privatised facilities. “The GP out-of-hours service is one option for those who need urgent care when their GP surgery is closed." If I need URGENT care it IS an emergency. "URGENT": requiring immediate action or attention. synonyms: acute, grave, pressing, dire, desperate, critical, crucial, sore, serious, intense, crying, burning, compelling, drastic, extreme. How much more of an emergency can it become for god's sake? The NHS is under strain because of the £20 billion cuts - not because I can't tell an URGENT situation from an EMERGENCY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]May I ask what drugs you abuse ? mr.mark.c
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