This week, 4 February 2019, Jane Hawkard, Chief Officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Carol Waudby, Chief Operating Officer at City Health Care Partnership (CHCP) CIC met with Hornsea Councillors to discuss current and future service provision in the town.
Speaking after the meeting, Jane Hawkard said; “This was a positive meeting in which we welcomed the opportunity to talk through the concerns local people and GPs have raised directly with us and through their Councillors. As health partners and community representatives, we are committed to ensuring planned care services are provided locally to meet the health needs of the people of Hornsea when we can provide the appropriate level of trained staff and facilities to do so with our allocated budget.”
At the meeting, the CCG shared information on the complex rules regarding property ownership in the NHS and explained that current ownership of Hornsea hospital resides with Humber Teaching Foundation Trust. The CCG recently agreed to fund the cost of the whole building to allow NHS Health and Care Providers in East Riding to use the space more flexibly. This has allowed the Community Services Provider to review the services provided in the hospital.
Carol Waudby confirmed that services would be expanding to include wound care clinics every weekday, foot care clinics 2 days a week, musculoskeletal clinics 2 days per week in the bespoke physiotherapy space at the hospital and a regular continence, bowel and bladder clinic. Carol hoped the new timetable would be available from early to mid-March.
Jane continued, “The CCG is working with the League of Friends through the North Holderness Health and Wellbeing Forum to improve promotion of the services by producing an updated brochure giving details of all the available services at the hospital.
“The CCG has also introduced a number of East Riding wide initiatives available to Hornsea residents. To improve access to GP practice appointments we launched ‘Get Help Sooner’ to help point people in the right direction of another healthcare professional or service that doesn’t require an initial chat with, or referral from your doctor. In addition, anyone registered with an East Riding GP can also get an ‘Improving Access’ appointment outside of normal working hours, during the evenings and weekends at any one of our participating practices in East Riding.
“All GP practices across East Riding now have access to a social prescribing service run by Health Trainers, available in GP practices. This service assists patients to improve their health and wellbeing through helping with access to community groups, leisure services, Citizens Advice bureau and much more.”