Following a very successful public meeting on 3rd February which was attended by over 100, BCPG issued the following press statement. The meeting closed with a show of hands to determine support or otherwise for the proposition put forward to establish a prototype rural Urgent Care Centre / Planned Care Centre / Community Hub: the outcome was almost unanimous with approximately 95 attendees supporting the proposition, approximately 5 abstaining and none opposing.
BCPG awaits the outcome of the 4th February Future Fit board meeting with interest.
Put Bishop’s Castle on the Hospital Map
A packed public meeting last night called on the NHS Future Fit Programme Board, which meets today in Shrewsbury, to back a pilot development of a fully integrated GP–led Urgent Care Centre and local planned care centre at the existing Bishop’s Castle Community Hospital.
Patients from across southwest Shropshire and eastern Montgomeryshire heard from Dr. Bill Gowans who has led the Future Fit Clinical Model exercise and from the Bishop’s Castle Patients Group as well as the Chief Executive of the Community Hospital Trust and local doctors.
Nick Hutchins, chair of the Patients Group said “Patients recognised the tough decisions facing Future Fit but agreed that ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to urgent care centres. Patients called for a far more integrated local approach to health and community care, which they saw as being totally in line with NHS policy. They agreed that the planned Urgent Care Centre at Shrewsbury and possibly Ludlow would not serve the majority of patients in this deep rural cross-border area”.
The Patient’s Group has submitted a proposition to Future Fit for an innovative pilot Urgent Care Centre / planned care centre / community hub. It wants to see the pilot implemented progressively and with pace and not to be kicked into the long grass whilst decision are taken on the new Emergency Centre for Shropshire and mid Wales.
The proposition can be read in full here.