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Care unit opens to reduce A&E pressures

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Following the recent closure of a hospital unit in North Yorkshire, a new 24-hour urgent care centre has been opened to ease pressures. The service, which will cover Scarborough and Ryedale, is for patients who require immediate attention, but do not have life-threatening injuries or illnesses. One centre has been incorporated into Scarborough Hospital’s A&E department, and another at Malton Hospital.

The new service has been launched to ease the pressure on Scarborough’s A&E department. Earlier this year, Scarborough A&E declared that they were struggling to cope with the influx of patients, only made worse by severe bed shortages. This was lifted on 6 January.

“everyone has access to same quality of care”

The Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group said that the new system would allow numerous services to be combined together, including the Minor Injuries Unit, GP out-of-hours and the walk-in service at the Castle Health Centre.

Dr Peter Billingsley, the lead for urgent care at the CCG, said: “Around 3,000 people in the area access urgent care services each month and having one service that covers the whole of Scarborough and Ryedale will ensure that everyone has access to same quality of care, when they need it.

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