Out-of-hours' base to move to Addenbrooke's
The Cambridge out-of-hours' service base is to re-locate to clinic 9, Addenbrooke's Hospital. This is the decision our local health commissioners made at their meeting this week, following a public consultation.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ran a formal public consultation about the proposed move as part of helping to re-design how urgent care services works for local people.
Our Healthwatch and a number of local campaigners within the Chesterton areas raised issues around how this change could affect people who live close to the current base. We also had some concerns about how effectively the CCG had talked to people about their plans.
At their meeting, the CCG said that the consultation responses made them realise how the move will affect some people. As a result, they have made a commitment to putting things in place to make it easier for people to use the new base at Addenbrooke's.
Dr Gary Howsam, Clinical Chair and Chief Clinical Officer said, “For patients in the Chesterton, Arbury and King’s Hedges areas we’re developing plans to extend access to GP services.
“The feedback we have received has been invaluable and we plan to have patient, staff and local councillor representation as part of the project to oversee the development, planning and implementation phases.”
Our Healthwatch will be part of a project steering group, alongside patient representatives, to help make the move work for patients.