Worcestershire hospitals - fit for tomorrow
Following the introduction of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the review of acute hospital services is now being led by Worcestershire's three CCG groups: South Worcestershire CCG, Wyre Forest CCG and Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG.
The NHS in Worcestershire is continuing to investigate how to provide you with high quality, safe and affordable hospital services into the future. Once options for change are worked up, there will be opportunities for you to get involved and have your say. No decisions will be made until after a full public consultation later in 2013.
Why we need to change our hospital services
Demand for healthcare is rising every year, with increasing numbers of people living with long term conditions. Alongside this, across the country there is a shortage of experienced doctors in some areas, particularly in A&E, women's and children's services, and NHS funding will not be increased for the next few years. The quality and safety of the care we offer will improve if we can concentrate specialist services and experienced staff. We can and should deliver more care in the community and are working with health and social care partners to make this happen.
The main focus of this review is on acute hospital services (those that are provided from the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals), but it is also looking at links for care between hospitals, GP surgeries and community care. The work completed so far suggests that the hospital most likely to be affected is the Alexandra but we are committed to keeping all three acute hospitals open and are looking at ways to maximise the number of services that can be maintained at the Alexandra.
No decisions will be made before a full public consultation later in the year.
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Listen to key clinicians talk about the Joint Services Review
Professor Bernard Crump, Chair of Independent Peer Review Panel, talks about the Joint Services Review