Public to have say in review of urgent care services in Sheffield after challenging winter

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Two public meetings are to be held as part of a review into the way urgent care services such as A&E operate in Sheffield.

The meetings have been announced as part of an ongoing review of city health services, ordered following ‘unprecedented demand’ this winter that saw the Red Cross called out to help get patients to and from hospital.

The events will take place on June 3 and June 9 at The Circle building on Rockingham Lane.
The first event will run between 6pm and 7.30pm, with the second open from 1pm to 2.30pm.

People are being asked to share their experiences of using A&E, as well as NHS 111, pharmacies, GP practices and walk-in centres.

Dr StJohn Livesey, Sheffield GP and the Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical director for urgent care, said: “Each year, urgent care services in Sheffield experience more demand and pressure placed upon them. As a result, the CCG is fully committed to ensuring that the current system is fit for the future, and that people can continue to receive high quality and safe healthcare.

“We are encouraging all local people to share their experiences of these services so we can understand that they are accessing the right services, at the right time in the right locations.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone across Sheffield to get involved and have their say.”

Earlier this month, the initial findings of the urgent care review were published.

The report said the ‘increase in demand far outstrips what we could put down as a result of an ageing population’

It added there is a ‘strong association’ between the use of such services and people living in poorer areas of the city. The review is examining all urgent care services in the city, including A&E units, the walk-in centre on Broad Lane and GP out-of-hours services.

Ideas being looked at include the possibility of urgent care services sharing buildings and integrating their work more closely.
It followed figures showing more than one in 10 patients who go to A&E in Sheffield do not need to be treated there.

More than 13,000 people attended A&E at the Northern General Hospital in March - contributing to waiting times targets to see 95 per cent of patients within four hours being missed for the fifth month in a row.

To register to attend the meetings, visit https://sheffieldurgentcare.eventbrite.co.uk, or call 0114 3054609.