Our Governing Body meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Everybody is welcome to attend these meetings and it is really important to us that people do. Sometimes there are items which must be discussed in private due to confidentiality; these items are heard after the public (open) meeting finishes.
Details of the next meeting
25th February 2014
Wigan Life Centre (South Site), College Avenue, Wigan, WN1 1NJ
Healthcare in Greater Manchester is changing.
Along with the other 11 CCGs in Greater Manchester, Wigan Borough CCG is leading the Healthier Together programme of health and social care reform.
Healthier Together is reviewing health and care in Greater Manchester to make sure that all the hospitals in Greater Manchester, including the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan, delivers the highest quality of care possible for you and your family and meets a set of quality and safety criteria. To do this, hospital services will need to change.
Healthier Together have a proposal for how they think hospitals services should change to improve standards. These proposals are being formally consulted on this summer (8th July - 28th September) which means that this is your opportunity to find out more and tell us what you think about the proposals. When you respond to a consultation you should ask yourself what this might mean for you and your family, but also, what might it mean for others and what is the best option for everybody across Greater Manchester.
Why do hospitals need to change?
Greater Manchester has some of the best hospitals in country, but not all patients experience the best care all the time.
Evidence suggests that:
- For the sickest patients who need emergency surgery, the risk of dying might be twice as likely in some of our hospitals compared to others.
- There is a shortage of consultants (the most experienced doctors) in important services such as A&E and General Surgery.
- That patients are more likely to have medical problems/complications if they need help on evenings and weekends.
We want to make sure that very quickly, none of this is any longer true and that there is consistent delivery of the best possible care in all our hospitals across Greater Manchester.
What might change?
The Healthier Together proposals suggest that hospitals need to work more closely together and share medical expertise and staff.
Their model recommends developing two types of hospital in Greater Manchester: General Hospitals and Specialist Hospitals. Expertise for certain areas of healthcare would be brought together at the Specialist Hospitals with General Hospitals continuing to deliver all other services as normal. General Hospitals and Specialist Hospitals would work together and act as one single NHS hospital service, but with services delivered over two or three hospitals.
Under this model, all hospitals (General and Specialist) will:
- keep their A&E department
- continue to treat patients with a wide range of conditions who arrive in hospital and need immediate care (acute medicine)
- continue to do general surgery operations for adults
- continue to offer screening, diagnostic tests and outpatient appointments, and
- offer rapid-access clinics for urgent surgical assessment by a consultant
Specialist Hospitals will also:
- have more consultants/consultant time in A&E
- treat the small number of patients who are critically unwell, e.g. heart attack, stroke
- undertake all high risk and emergency surgery
What might it mean to me?
In an emergency, you won't need to think about whether you are going to a Specialist or General Hospital. The ambulance paramedics or hospital staff will assess and treat you as necessary. If they think it is appropriate, they will transfer you to a Specialist Hospital when it is safe to do so. Once the consultant deems it appropriate, you might be transferred back to your local General Hospital or sent home. Your outpatient appointments should be local to you, although it is possible that if you need to see your consultant at a certain date/time in your treatment, you may have to go back to the Specialist Hospital to make sure you get the right level of expertise and care.
Will Wigan be a Specialist or Generalist Hospital?
That is one of the things we are consulting about. Three Specialist Hospitals have already been chosen:
- Salford - because it is already a specialist stroke centre
- Central Manchester - because it is already a specialist children's hospital
- Oldham - because the transport links in to Manchester from the North and East make it difficult to travel
There are then options for an additional one or two Specialist Hospitals
- If there is one additional Specialist Hospital, it would be one of Wigan, Bolton, Stockport or South Manchester
- If there are two additional Specialist Hospitals, it would be Wigan or Bolton PLUS Stockport or South Manchester
How will the 1 or 2 additional Specialist Hospitals be chosen?
All the ten hospitals across Greater Manchester have been looked at in regards quality of services, safety of services, patient experience, value for money, travel and access to the hospital for residents across Greater Manchester and how easy it is going to be to make the transition to a Specialist Hospital. Each hospital has been given a rating for each of these areas and we are asking residents from across Greater Manchester to look at the options, look at the ratings and decide which hospitals they think should be the 1 or 2 additional Specialist Hospitals.
How can I give my opinion/get involved?
It is really important that as many people as possible get involved and respond to the consultation. How your local hospital changes will depend in part on what people say in the consultation.
To get involved in the consultation, please:
- Fill in the consultation form - https://healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk/feedback
- Contact Healthier Together on 0800 888 6789, www.healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk, www.facebook.com/healthiertogetherGM, or twitter @healthierGM
- Come along to a public meeting or debate
- Come to along to one of the many places we will be (see our events listings for more information)
All the responses to the consultation will be collated and the results presented to the CCGs involved in Healthier Together. They will then have to take these opinions in to account when they make their decision and respond to the points made by the public.
How can I find out more?
You can come along to a public meeting, visit us at one of the many places we will be this summer (check out or events listings for more info) or visit the Healthier Together website to find out more: http://www.healthiertogethergm.nhs.uk/.