Have your say on healthcare

Published on: 31 Mar 2014

cossham hospital

PEOPLE from the Downend area are being given the chance to tell NHS leaders about their concerns for urgent healthcare once Frenchay Hospital closes next month.

Residents can go along to an event at Cleve Rugby Club on April 29 to talk to officials of the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group about the proposed services after May.

South Gloucestershire will no longer have an A&E department so emergency cases will have to go to Southmead, the Bristol Royal Infirmary or Bath Royal United Hospital.

The CCG provides a walk-in minor injuries unit in Yate and had planned to set one up at the revamped Cossham Hospital too. That plan is now under review, although the service has not been ruled out.

A spokeswoman said: “The CCG is looking at the best way to provide urgent care services for patients across South Gloucestershire, with particular focus on Kingswood and surrounding area. Urgent care refers to advice, diagnosis and treatment that are needed quickly, typically within 24 hours – it does not refer to emergencies that need immediate attention.”

The meeting on April 29 is part of that process, she added. People will have other opportunities to put forward their views, including further events and can write, email or comment on the the CCG’s website www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk.

Cossham Hospital will replace Frenchay as a base for South Gloucestershire’s GP out of hours’ service. This provides telephone advice and face-to-face consultations with a GP or nurse outside normal surgery opening hours, and includes home visits for patients who are housebound.

The service at Cossham will operate overnight from 6.30pm to 8am Monday - Friday and 24 hours a day over weekends and public holidays. Access to the service will be through NHS-111.

The GP out of hours service also operates clinics in Yate and Southmead.

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