The public consultation for the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (DCCG)'s Clinical Services Review begins today and runs until 28 February 2017. The proposals will have important implications for Poole, if implemented, including:
- Poole Hospital would provide major planned care. This means that it would focus on low risk, planned and day surgeries, such as hip and knee surgery, and treatments where a GP referral has been made. It would also have a 24/7 Urgent Care Centre instead of an A&E. This would treat lower risk injuries, such as a suspected broken arm, or minor head injuries.
- Royal Bournemouth Hospital would be a major emergency hospital with an A&E. Local people needing emergency care for life threatening and very serious injuries would benefit from 24/7 specialist consultant-led care. It would also include services such as a 24/7 high risk maternity unit, and higher risk complex care including cancer. Maternity and paediatrics would therefore move from Poole to Bournemouth.
You can find out more on and have you say on the dedicated NHS website by clicking here.
There is a drop in event on 12th December from 2 to 8 pm at Poole Old Town Community Centre, Lagland Street, Poole, BH15 1RR.
The proposals have upset a lot of people in Poole as the A & E service is highly valued. The move to Bournemouth has, however, been justified by the DCCG on both clinical and costs grounds. Poole People Leader Mark Howell attended a briefing by the DCCG and asked specifically whether the changes made sense even if a cost neutral scenario and given the answer yes from all four attendees. It appeared to him that these responses were genuine as they were thoughtful and reasoned. It does make sense that Poole deals with planned care as it is easier for patients and visitors to access by public transport. However, the transfer of A&E services to the far side of Bournemouth is clearly far from ideal given that Bournemouth has been named as the most congested town in the UK this week.