Councillors and health chiefs discuss Trafford Urgent Care Centre
Councillors 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
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