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Councillors and health chiefs discuss Trafford Urgent Care Centre

traffordcompCouncillors and health chiefs met last week (Tuesday 22 March) to consider clinical information about the Urgent Care Centre (UCC), which was established two and a half years ago at Trafford General Hospital, following a detailed 'New Health Deal for Trafford' consultation.

NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CMFT) are working together, alongside partners from across the Trafford and Manchester health system, and any resulting proposals will take account of the analysis of the facts surrounding patient flows and data, which is currently being undertaken.

The analysis will also examine the volumes and mix of patients using the UCC at present and what sorts of care they need, with consideration of the most appropriate staffing mix to provide this care.

Early analysis indicates that the patients attending the UCC generally do not require the skills of a specialist A&E doctor. It is also known that the numbers of patients presenting in the evening can be as low as two per hour.

Dr Nigel Guest, Chief Clinical Officer, Trafford CCG said: "To be clear, the Urgent Care Centre will remain open - there may be some changes, however, to the way it is run and staffed, in order to ensure it remains safe and is an appropriate clinical model."

The next step in the process relates to developing potential clinical models, and a multi-partner assessment as to the most appropriate arrangement of services.

These proposals will then be considered by the Trafford Integrated Clinical Re-design Board, which is independently chaired, and scrutinises all aspects of health and social care in Trafford.

Mobeen Ismael, Clinical Head of Trafford Hospitals said: "The preferred way forward for both CMFT and Trafford CCG is to ensure that all of the patients who currently access the Urgent Care Centre will be able to continue to do so. The staffing arrangements will be revised to ensure that the staff can all use their clinical skills appropriately, and maintain the current levels of safety and quality.

"The evidence shows that if we develop a model that can see and treat the current case-load, all patients should be able to be continue to come to the Trafford site for their urgent care, and therefore there should be minimal, if any, impact on neighbouring hospitals."

The Centre continues to offer an excellent service, with between 500 and 600 patients attending per week, and more that 99% being seen and discharged or admitted with four hours.