The GP Out Of Hours service is there to help with medical issues when your GP practice is closed. Patients contact the service and receive a consultation with a GP on the phone. If necessary, when the situation is not urgent enough to require a trip to A&E, you will receive a face to face appointment.
Bolton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to remove this service from Waters Meeting Health Centre in Astley Bridge and locate it at the Royal Bolton Hospital in Farnworth. Given the impact this may have on members of our community I feel it is important that the public is widely consulted on this decision and their views taken into consideration.
This suggestion is worrying. The journey to Farnworth is a long one, particularly for those who don’t have a car or can’t afford an unexpected taxi ride. For those who do drive there would be the added cost of parking at the Hospital. People should be able to access NHS services in their own community. Much like the decision to close our NHS Walk-in Centre, I believe this is a decision driven by Government cuts rather than what is best for patients.
The CCG is holding an “engagement exercise” which will run until the end of February. You can complete an online survey about the proposals at http://www.boltonccg.nhs.uk/patient-zone/public-engagement/current-engagements-and-consultations
Several local residents have told me they feel the survey is too restrictive and does not allow them to express their opinions on this matter. If you would like to share any thoughts with me I am happy to make representations to the CCG on your behalf.
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Any comments I receive I will share with the Chief Officer of the CCG. Please share this blog if you can to involve more local residents in this process.