Proposal to move GP Out Of Hours service from Waters Meeting Health Centre to Royal Bolton Hospital site.

The Board of Bolton CCG agreed on Friday 28th October 2016 to start a conversation with local people about the proposal to move the GP Out Of Hours (OOH) service to the Royal Bolton Hospital site.

NHS England have recently guided all areas as follows: “the co-location of primary care out of hours services with emergency departments provides opportunities for collaboration, routine two-way transfer of appropriate patients and can help decongest emergency departments”

This has been further reinforced as each local area are now required to show there is GP support available on the hospital site. Focusing our workforce on the hospital site is the reason for proposing to move of the GP out of hours service from Waters Meeting Health Centre to the Royal Bolton site.

The GP out of hours service is open overnight and at weekends and people can call this service to receive advice when their GP Practice is not open.  If they need to see a GP urgently, they are given an appointment at Waters Meeting Health Centre or a home visit (where required). The service provided at Waters Meeting Health Centre is not a walk in service.

Our Accident and Emergency service is under a great deal of pressure at the moment with long waits. It is important that A&E is only used for emergencies and local people think GP first – calling their practice for advice and support whatever time of day. Outside normal working hours, you will be given the number of the GP Out Of Hours service.

In considering the move of this service from Waters Meeting to the hospital site, we want to understand views from local people on this and whether this will impact them.

More information will be available here soon on how you can take part.

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