An innovative partnership approach which will enable overnight services to return to Stratton Hospital was endorsed this week by Cornwall Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
The trailblazing proposal will see overnight services return to the Hospital in August 2019, in the form of a new service which is being described as a’ Community Treatment Centre’.
The community Treatment Centre will be run by staff from Kernow Health CIC which provides the county’s urgent care service- NHS Cornwall 111.
Mark Woolcock, Chief Operating Officer of Cornwall 111 said, “We are pleased to be in a position to work with our healthcare partners and to trial this new service for people in the Stratton and Bude area. We will be providing an expert senior clinician whose clinical skills extend beyond those of a traditional minor injury practitioner.
“In addition, we will also be able to see those patients from the local area who have an appointment to been seen by our out of hours service after contacting NHS 111; patients, who need to attend the centre with a minor injury out of hours, will also be able to be treated.”
Phil Confue, Chief Executive from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are delighted to have found a potential solution which will benefit people in the far North of the County and also our neighbours over the border in Devon.
“Providers and the local community have worked together to develop a solution which will help people to feel safe and make best use of the resources currently available overnight by working differently. We are also exploring how we can work with colleagues in North Devon to ensure this resource offers maximum benefit for people who live locally.”
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that it will continue to recruit nurses to work locally, where necessary supporting them to complete the additional minor injury training while the Community Treatment Centre model is tested.
To allow the Community Treatment Centre to be fully tested and evaluated in partnership with the local community, the service will operate until the end of March 2020.
If the approach is successful, it will become permanent.