July this year, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body approved a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) which identifies a preferred model and way forward for the future provision of community and primary care estate in Wiltshire.
Representatives from Wiltshire (CCG) met with Chippenham Town Councillors this week to discuss future plans for Chippenham Hospital
Steve Perkins, Wiltshire CCG’s Chief Finance Officer said:
“Wiltshire CCG has a strategy founded on commissioning health services which are based in our communities rather than in acute hospitals. Keeping people well, supported and able to be live as independently at home is at the heart of all of our work. We know that flexible solutions will be the key to being able to support the health and wellbeing of our local population, in a way which is financially sustainable into the future.”
“This means that we anticipate, and seek, an increase in the use of our community buildings – such as GP practices and larger primary care centres – so that we rely less on hospital facilities. Our approach aligns with the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which has five priority areas, one of which is ‘Making best use of technology and our public estates’.
“To help us to understand the future estate and infrastructure requirements, in autumn 2016 we began a strategic overview of health care in one area of our county. This work has now been developed into a Strategic Outline Case (SOC) which identifies a preferred way forward for the future provision of community and primary care estate in Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge to support the sustainable delivery of community, secondary and primary care services. The cost implications of not making the much-required improvements to facilities in north west Wiltshire are significant, and national funding has been made available for primary care facilities in Trowbridge. The strategic planning helps to align clinical priorities with estates and infrastructure requirements”.
“I can’t see why the situation in Chippenham would change; the population in Chippenham is the biggest in North Wiltshire and it is ridiculous to think that a strategic plan would reduce services here.”
Linda Prosser, Interim Chief Officer of Wiltshire CCG said:
“The preferred way forward takes account of key national, regional and local drivers for change and was arrived at following detailed meetings with clinicians, GPs and other key stakeholders. The SOC is the first stage in the business planning process and therefore the size of accommodation and cost is only indicative at this stage. The SOC does not make an assumption about the location of the facilities, but we expect that for the north west patch of Wiltshire they will be located in the Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge area”.
“We don’t have any definitive plans yet. We recognise that there is a great deal of variability of the quality of buildings within the Chippenham site, but we don’t yet know what that means for the site. There is no hidden agenda here and we have not yet made any decisions. We just want to take a long hard look at the services in the county.”
For more details see CCG website: http://www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk/news-2/strategic-outline-case-for-wiltshire