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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Dorset County Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital: Clinical Services Review, CCG

Finally the full plans and details about "preferred solutions" are leaking out, even if not spelt out in the main body of consultation document on which we are all invited to comment. A fait accompli?
These proposals should have been spelt out, upfront, in the consultation document, not piecemeal (whatever the pros and cons of all the different options).

Dorset County Hospital backs link with Yeovil, ViewNews

"In a statement the trust says: “Our preferred solution for providing a sustainable and safe service for women and children is to work with Yeovil District Hospital…A collaboration between DCH and YDH has long been viewed as a desirable outcome by clinicians at DCH. Our consultant paediatricians and obstetricians will continue to work with their colleagues in Yeovil on the best possible solution for the local population.”

The trust says that ‘no change’ is not an option with increased workloads. “The NHS is facing rising and unsustainable costs to meet increasing demand, while trying to improve the quality and consistency of care and health outcomes. The Clinical Services Review offers an opportunity to ensure the people of Dorset continue to receive safe and high quality health services. We support this approach to change which has been driven by evidence, clinical leadership and practicality.”

In the statement trustees say they welcome the proposed designation for Dorset County Hospital as the “planned care and emergency hospital with 24/7 A&E”, believing this is best for local people.

“However, this proposed designation would not mean ‘no change’ at DCH. Our own strategy is clear that rising demand on our services coupled with stretched resources mean we cannot carry on doing things the way we have always done…

“Following the outcome of the consultation we look forward to working with the Clinical Commissioning Group (which is promoting the review) to ensure any future service changes proposed are both safe and sustainable and that the focus of CCG investment in the east and in community services does not adversely impact services provided to patients in the west of the county".

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