Driffield and area (updated)

Driffield and surrounding area information 

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This page provides information about the current urgent care services in Driffield and the surrounding area and what the Governing Body decisions will mean.

Urgent Treatment Centres

*****Open from 4 April 2018 - click here for more details ***** 

The Driffield population will have access to the Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC’s) that will be located in Bridlington or Beverley that will be open for 16 hours a day 7 days a week; this is an improved service both in respect of the hours of availability (an increase of 5 hours a day Monday-Sunday) and the range of clinical services and interventions that will be available for them to access. 

They will also have an 8-8 centre for planned care with the ability to book urgent slots 7 days a week (see our frequently asked questions page for more information). There will be navigation and sign posting available via the GP Practices and NHS111 and clinical advice will be available via the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Clinical Advisory Service. People with urgent care needs will be encouraged to ‘talk before they walk’ by accessing advice services first. The existing Minor Injury Unit will close.

The Driffield population will also have planned care services e.g. for their wound care needs being delivered as part of the community services provision either in a planned wound care clinic or through the community nursing service for housebound patients. The community hospital in Driffield will continue to be used as an asset to meet the needs of the population, hosting the 8-8 service, out-patient clinics and being the base for community services.

Click here to view information which has been developed to encapsulate what people told the CCG about the proposed options for changes to MIUs during the urgent care consultation for Driffield. The CCG has looked at the evidence in respect of what was said and has identified what possible responses they should consider.

Key facts about the existing Driffield Minor Injury Unit
The purpose of a Minor Injury Unit is to treat people who have an urgent, unplanned need.  It is not for conditions that need immediate medical attention to save a life or to prevent permanent damage to health.

Opening times: 
09:00 – 18:00 / Daily

X-ray Opening times: 
09:00 – 17:00 / Mon to Fri
On call 09:00 to 18:00
weekends and BH

Symptoms Treated:

  • Sprains, strains and broken bones (limbs only)
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Insect and animal bites
  • Cuts including those needing stitching;
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Minor head injuries

Led by:
Emergency Care Practitioner

Restrictions: Cannot see under 1s
Attendances in 15/16: 7,466
A breakdown of activity is below

Month by Month Activity levels 15/16:
All activity
East Riding residents only

Alfred Bean Hospital MIU graph

Our analysis shows that, in most cases, the 'subsequent' attendances do not appear to be for an urgent, unplanned need.

Improving wrap around patient care

Creating an Integrated Community and Rehabilitation Centre
We have identified that the East Riding of Yorkshire requires a much more flexible and responsive future community bed model that is expanded to include improved intensive rehabilitation, Time to Think beds and a Home First approach.  

The decision made by the governing body is to:

Create an integrated community and intensive rehabilitation centre in a single location, at East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley supported by 15 Time to Think Beds. Together with the following actions:

i. The location of time to think beds at Bridlington and South Holderness specifically
ii. The availability of an additional 10 time to think beds during the transition period
iii. Partnership working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council in respect of care home capacity and transport options
iv. The review of palliative care services to ensure the provision of service that meets the needs of individuals.

This means the existing community hospital beds at Bridlington and Withernsea Hospitals will close and the CCG will be able to support more people in, or close to, their own home, refocussing resources into community teams.

This model of care will provide intensive rehabilitation and support for people with more complex nursing needs and will also provide Time to Think Beds to support earlier discharge from acute hospital care. Time to Think Beds will be based in residential homes and be used by people who are medically fit, whilst they are waiting for complex care packages to be put into place to allow them to return home.

Key facts about the existing community beds 
We currently have 54 community beds located across the East Riding at East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley, Bridlington District Hospital and Withernsea Community Hospital.  A community bed costs around £350 per day whether it is used or left empty. The beds are a mixture of: 

  • Sub-acute beds (including stroke palliative care)
  • Rehabilitation beds
  • Step up and Step down

The average bed occupancy rate in 2015/16 for the East Riding was 86%.  

We have done a bed audit across the East Riding on the current use of community beds and this has told us that less than 25% of the patients actually needed medical or nursing input and a further 50% of patients would experience better quality of care by being offered nursing and therapy care at their own home (which may be a care home).