NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) is responding to reports about down-grading the current A&E service at The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton to a GP-led service.
Dr Charles Parker, CCG Clinical Chair and local GP said:
“A letter was sent to all practices in our area requesting expressions of interest to work at The Friarage Hospital A&E department on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am – 6pm initially for a three month period.
“We have seen that these weekend periods are busiest and some patients are not currently being seen within four hours. This support from GPs on weekends would be in addition to existing A&E doctors and other A&E staff.
“This offer is part of a proposed new Urgent and Emergency Care model which would mean better integration of primary care, ambulance services and hospital based services to improve the quality, resilience and sustainability of services.
“The proposed new model aims to commence during March 2017 for an initial ‘proof of concept’ phase to test the model. We will continue to test and review the model throughout.”
For further information contact HRW CCG Communications and Engagement on 01609 767621