Rachel has welcomed Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group’s announcement that the Urgent Treatment Centre at the Alexandra Hospital will open on Monday, December 3rd.
Back in February, after speaking to residents who were angry the Urgent Treatment Centre still wasn’t operational despite health bosses promising residents this service last year, Rachel launched a petition calling on the CCG to bring forward, without further delay, plans for the promised implementation of the GP-led service.
More than 1,000 residents signed the petition which Rachel then presented to the House of Commons in May.
This new service was said to be key to the proposed model of Acute Services at the Alex after paediatric care was centralised to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
The GP-led Urgent Treatment Centre will work alongside A&E at the Alex, and will treat adults and children with minor or moderate illnesses and injuries. The opening of this new service will not result in the further downgrading of the hospital’s A&E.
The Urgent Treatment Centre will be staffed by a GP and an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. It will open from 12pm until 9pm, seven days a week to provide Redditch residents with a real alternative to A&E when they need urgent treatment.
Rachel said: “I’ve been calling for this new service to open for months now, so I very much welcome the CCG’s announcement.
“The Alex has continued to treat children brought by ambulance during the period there has been no A&E provision, so no child has been put at risk through lack of an emergency response during this period. The staff have been trained to assess and treat under 16s brought to their doors, in addition to paramedics and ambulance staff being able to treat patients.
“The Urgent Treatment Centre will provide parents with peace of mind that their children can still be treated at the Alex, which is currently the case at the moment. I hope this new service will also reduce pressures on A&E as it will provide residents with a real alternative to Accident and Emergency.
“It’s great to see a brand-new service opening at our hospital. This clearly demonstrates the Alex has a bright future and is essential to the delivery of healthcare in Worcestershire.
“We must make sure the Urgent Treatment Centre is used so we can prove to health bosses that this new-service must form part of the long-term vision for the future of the Alex.”