The NHS111 provider for Hertfordshire Herts Urgent Care (HUC),Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT), and Lea Valley Health Federation (LVH) which is an organisation which brings together all the GP practices in the area, were successful in their bid to provide the service from April next year.
Having primary care, community services and urgent care services working together in one place will enable patients to access excellent care for their minor injury without having to go to hospital.
The partnership will providethe minor injuries service, open 365 days a year, 8am to 8pm, with x-ray available on site 7 days a week.
David Archer, Chief Executive of HUC said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Lea Valley Health federation and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, two organisations which, like HUC, are deeply rooted in the local community. Our joint expertise will benefit patients greatly and help deliver a high quality service to local patients, taking the pressure away from A&E.”
Clare Hawkins, Acting Chief Executive at HCT said: “We are very pleased that our partnership has been chosen to deliver this service. Minor injury services play an important role in ensuring that people with urgent healthcare needs can get access to highly-skilled clinicians, close to home, and avoid unnecessary attendance at A&E. We look forward to working with HUC and LVH to provide this essential local service.”
Richard Moore, Acting CEO of LVH said: “Our collective partnership will offer a resilient service, which ensures patients receive the right treatment at the right time in the right place. We know how much the services at Cheshunt Community Hospital are valued and we want to continue providing good quality care, close to people’s homes.”
Gerald Woods, lives in Cheshunt and was a member of the bid evaluation panel. He said: “It was very interesting to be part of this process and to give a patient’s point of view. As a local resident I know how much people value the services at Cheshunt Community Hospital and I’m pleased that the minor injuries service will continue with no disruption for patients.”
East and North Hertfordshire CCG will now finalise the contract with the partnership and arrangements will be made to transfer the service from Haverstock Healthcare which currently runs the service.
The new minor injuries service will start in April 2019.