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Partners Committed to Out-of-hours Services

21 December 2017 3:15pm

Statement issued on behalf of NHS Shropshire CCG, NHS Telford and Wrekin CCG, and Powys Teaching Health Board.

"We have been working with Shropdoc since the summer to support them whilst they address the financial challenges they have been facing to ensure that these do not impact on the GP out-of-hours services they provide to our local populations.

“Our organisations are committed to making sure the service continues to provide appropriate levels of quality care for the duration of the current contract ending on 31, March 2018 (in Wales) and on 30, September 2018 (for England). Commissioners in England are progressing the planned procurement for the long term continuation of services which had been their plan since 2016. Commissioners in both England and Wales are progressing their plans in the context of the planned roll out of NHS111.

"We are supporting Shropdoc to make internal changes which will help address the financial pressures without impacting on patient care and the organisation is optimistic these will be successful.

“We want to assure patients that our priority is to ensure that local people have access to out-of-hours primary care if they need it.

“Patients can help us by making sure that they order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time from their practice, so that out-of-hours is used to help people whose need is more urgent.

“This is particularly important as we go into the festive season and need patients to ensure they order repeat prescriptions well before the bank holiday."