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Northfleet’s walk-in centre could move to Gravesham Community Hospital as CCG considers shake-up of urgent care service

PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 12 October 2017

The CCG wants to hear patients' views on changes to the urgent care service

The CCG wants to hear patients' views on changes to the urgent care service

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Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG wants to hear patients’ views

Proposals to create a “joined up” urgent care service around Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley are being put forward at a public event next week.

NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group is looking to improve the service currently on offer, and wants to hear the public’s views.

Among the early options being considered by the CCG, Northfleet’s White Horse Surgery walk-in centre could be moved to Gravesham Community Hospital.

If plans go ahead, GPs would continue to operate from the Vale Road surgery in Northfleet.

The CCG is carrying out an urgent care review, and partners from the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust are expected to be on hand to answer questions about the emergency service at Darent Valley Hospital.

Gerrie Adler, programme director for the urgent care review said of previous patient feedback: ““Our urgent care review recommends improving access by creating an urgent treatment centre at Gravesham Community Hospital. This means keeping similar services to the minor injuries unit at the hospital but with the addition of the type of services currently offered at the Walk-in Centre. Part of the proposal is to move the current GP walk-in service to Gravesham Community Hospital from its current location at Fleet Healthcare in Vale Road, Northfleet.

“We’ve heard that people want services that are easily accessible, joined up, available for both urban and rural communities, fit for the future and which encourage and support prevention and self-care.

“We’re now ready to start building the detail of the services we’re proposing and the help of local people to do that. If you have an interest in local NHS services, we would urge you to come along to our event on 19 October 19 to hear what we’re planning and support us to refine the specifications we’ll be putting out to tender.

“Nationally and locally, NHS services have been facing increasing demand and changes need to be made to the ways in which local and urgent care are provided. Changes are planned for emergency and urgent care services at Darent Valley Hospital and the event will also include a chance to hear about plans there and have your say.If you cannot attend the event you are encouraged to take part in our online survey which closes on Friday 13 October at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/DGSUrgentCare2017/.

“Our plans are expected to be implemented in 2019.”

The event takes place on Thursday, October 19, with registration from 5.45pm for a 6pm start in The PArk Suite, Dartford Football Club on Darenth Road.

For more details and to book your place, contact dgs.communications@nhs.net

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