Residents in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston are set to benefit from a new 24/7 urgent care service, which will ensure that they are seen in the right place at the right time.
The service will be available at Chorley Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital, and will deliver GP-led urgent care for minor illnesses and injuries, as well as out of hours GP services.
Following a robust procurement process, which followed national guidance, the service will be delivered by gtd healthcare, which is a not-for-profit, GP-led organisation with a strong history of providing high quality and clinically safe services.
Dr Matt Orr, GP and urgent care lead for Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which will commission the service along with Greater Preston CCG said: “We are pleased to be able to offer our residents an urgent care service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“We have seen that more and more people are using accident and emergency services, and the reality is that while they might need care urgently, they don’t actually need the emergency department. This is putting additional pressure on a service which is already stretched.
“The urgent care service will offer an alternative for these patients, and clinical staff on each site will ensure that patients are directed to the most appropriate service for their need.”
The procurement process followed national guidelines and included engagement with local stakeholders, including patients. There will now be a period in which the new service is implemented and it will be available to patients this year.
The service also includes treatment for people with deep vein thrombosis and a visiting scheme for people who call an ambulance but don’t need to be taken to hospital.
Dr Orr added: “People using the urgent care service will continue to receive high quality NHS care. We are confident that the service will help to relieve pressures in the health system so that accident and emergency can deal with people with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.”
David Beckett, gtd healthcare’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred provider to deliver integrated urgent care services across Greater Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.
“gtd healthcare is a not-for-profit, values driven organisation and core to the work we undertake is the provision of urgent care and primary care services across the North West. We embrace the ethos of social enterprise and reinvest surpluses generated back into our services.
“Our wealth of experience and knowledge in delivering healthcare services to the existing 2.4 million patients we serve spans 20 years, and this gives us confidence that we can deliver services, which are clinically safe and of the highest quality in Greater Preston, Chorley and South Ribble.”