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Public meeting on Urgent Care in Bedfordshire and the Walk-in Centre

07 August 2018


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Bedfordshire residents are invited to attend a public meeting about future plans for Putnoe Walk-in Centre and NHS urgent care in Bedfordshire, on Monday 13 August at Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ from 6.45pm – 8.45pm.

The meeting will give local people the opportunity to hear about the CCGs proposal to change how urgent care is delivered in Bedfordshire, including moving walk in services from Putnoe Medical Centre in the north of Bedford to an Urgent Treatment Centre on the south wing of Bedford Hospital.

This would be combined with a new Extended Access programme, which will see 500 extra GP appointments delivered out of two hubs (one in the north of Bedford and one in the south) every week in the town.

Hosted by Healthwatch Bedford Borough, the meeting will give people the opportunity to hear about the proposal in detail, ask questions and give their views.

Alan Streets, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Accountable Officer said:

“We want to deliver great care for our residents, and to do this, we need to build resilience in primary and urgent care, so that people can access the help they need when they need it.

“That’s why we’ve started to look at how urgent care is delivered across Bedfordshire, and using national guidance from NHS England, we’ve developed a proposal that we think delivers the right care locally.

“We’ve been out listening to the views of local people for a number of weeks, but we want to reach as many people as possible and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they have, before our Governing Body considers the findings of the consultation in September”.

“I would encourage residents to join us for the meeting and complete our questionnaire so that they can make their voice heard.”

The consultation, which opened on 10 July, will run until midnight on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Local residents are invited to take part in the consultation by completing a questionnaire, available along with more information, on the CCG website: www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/putnoewic 

Information and copies of the survey questionnaire are also available from GP surgeries and libraries, or on request from: bedsccg.communications@nhs.net 

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For more information contact 01525 624440 or bedsccg.communications@nhs.net 

Notes to editors

Notes for editors

·         The public meeting is part of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s public consultation about a proposal to replace Putnoe Walk-in Centre with a new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Bedford Hospital.

·         The extension for Putnoe Medical Centre to continue to provide walk-in services from 1 October 2018 until 24 May 2019, is subject to contract variation.

·         Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

·         BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 48 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire.

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