Health services to get £50 million cash injection - but not in Bolton

The Bolton News: Health services to get £50 million cash injection - but not in Bolton Health services to get £50 million cash injection - but not in Bolton

HEALTH bosses in Bolton have said that their number one priority is to improve patient access to doctors — despite missing out on a share of the government's £50 million handout.

Prime minister David Cameron announced yesterday that more than 7.5 million people in England will be offered increased access to their GP services through extended opening times and new consultation methods using video-phone services, email and phone.

Practices in Bolton will not be included in the £50 million GP Access Fund scheme — following an unsuccessful application — but Bolton health boss Dr Stephen Liversedge said the group would be monitoring the results closely.

Dr Liversedge, the clinical director for primary care and health improvement for Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It will be very interesting to discover the benefits of extending opening hours in these national pilots.

“They will undoubtedly add convenience for patients, but questions remain over whether they will reduce demand on our hospitals and improve the care of ageing populations.

"We will watch the results of the pilots closely and continue to do the best for Bolton people.

“It is Bolton CCG’s number one priority this year to improve access to GP services for Bolton.

"However it isn’t affordable for every practice in Bolton to open for longer every day.

“If we extend opening hours across Bolton, we will have less money to spend on other services such as preventative care for people with serious long-term conditions.

“We do need to think differently about how GP services can meet the needs of working people and those with the greatest needs.”

Bolton CCG hopes to improve access to GP services from 8am to 6.30pm, ensuring those who need urgent advice or treatment from a nurse or GP get treatment the same day.

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12:50pm Tue 15 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

here's one to improve, The Royal Bolton Hospitals pharmacy!!! massively inefficient and slow moving considering the amount of people that pass thru its doors. understandable that theatre patients etc get priority this is NOT the issue. The issue is they stockpile the orders then do all at once so people wait for 1hour+ then 10 prescriptions come at once . not effective at all and today was my first and last time I ever go in there. mind you not like NHS is renowned for efficiency ...
here's one to improve, The Royal Bolton Hospitals pharmacy!!! massively inefficient and slow moving considering the amount of people that pass thru its doors. understandable that theatre patients etc get priority this is NOT the issue. The issue is they stockpile the orders then do all at once so people wait for 1hour+ then 10 prescriptions come at once . not effective at all and today was my first and last time I ever go in there. mind you not like NHS is renowned for efficiency ... itsnotthatbad
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2:23pm Tue 15 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

Why where they rejected it didnt say. Great reporting very in depth.
Why where they rejected it didnt say. Great reporting very in depth. thomas222
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3:11pm Tue 15 Apr 14

moggiesmews says...

I agree with itsnotthatbad the waiting time in pharmacy at the Royal Bolton Hospital is terrible no prescriptions for ages and ages then a few come out together, you certainly don't have to be in a hurry, I dread going in there, I can't get my prescription from a chemist, otherwise I would stay well clear from the Pharmacy, the last time I went in I waited for 45 mins for some eye drops and there was only 1 more person waiting, I asked when I handed in the prescription is there a long wait, I was told no, so how long I would have to wait had he said yes God knows.
I agree with itsnotthatbad the waiting time in pharmacy at the Royal Bolton Hospital is terrible no prescriptions for ages and ages then a few come out together, you certainly don't have to be in a hurry, I dread going in there, I can't get my prescription from a chemist, otherwise I would stay well clear from the Pharmacy, the last time I went in I waited for 45 mins for some eye drops and there was only 1 more person waiting, I asked when I handed in the prescription is there a long wait, I was told no, so how long I would have to wait had he said yes God knows. moggiesmews
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6:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Harold 1 says...

My GP already works an 11 hour day ( I know because I live near him) . He says a lot of his work is spent chasing targets and ticking boxes , not seeing patients. When will poiticians leave professionals alone to get on with their jobs ?
My GP already works an 11 hour day ( I know because I live near him) . He says a lot of his work is spent chasing targets and ticking boxes , not seeing patients. When will poiticians leave professionals alone to get on with their jobs ? Harold 1
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