Public consultation: Urgent Care services in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley

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Thank you for taking the time to complete this public consultation questionnaire.

We are inviting everyone in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley to help shape the important changes we want to make to urgent care.

By urgent care, we mean care to treat illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening but require an urgent clinical assessment or treatment on the same day.

The NHS Long Term Plan requires all CCG areas in England to offer patients standardised and timely NHS services from an Urgent Treatment Centre by autumn 2020.

We are proposing to create an Urgent Treatment Centre at either Gravesham Community Hospital or Darent Valley Hospital.

This would help A&E to focus on patients in serious medical need and support other improvements to local NHS services.

Your feedback will help shape the proposed changes.

The changes we are proposing are: 

Option one: To create an Urgent Treatment Centre at Gravesham Community Hospital by moving services from the current Fleet Health Campus in Northfleet (White Horse Walk-in) to join the Minor Injuries Unit at Gravesham Community Hospital.

Option two: To create an Urgent Treatment Centre at Darent Valley Hospital by moving services from the current Minor Injuries Unit at Gravesham Community Hospital and the Fleet Health Campus in Northfleet (White Horse Walk-in) to Darent Valley Hospital. 

Next Steps

When the consultation closes on 4 November 2019, an independent organisation will collate and analyse the feedback received.

This analysis will inform the Decision-Making Business Case (DMBC) which will be considered through the CCG’s internal governance process.

A final set of proposals will be submitted to the CCG Governing Body for consideration and final decision.

The decision will be informed by the consultation feedback, the DMBC and the feedback and findings from the various internal committees that will review the case before it reaches the Governing Body.

A final decision is expected early 2020. The public consultation feedback report and final report to the Governing Body will be published on the CCG website.