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Consultation on Outpatient Services

Outpatient Review to Go Ahead

Patients in East Kent can look forward to improved outpatient services, a greater range of more convenient appointments and a one stop shop approach, which will reduce the number of journeys they have to make.

Following an extensive public consultation the Board of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust have agreed to go forward with the proposed improvements to outpatient services.

The changes will see a greater range of services provided on six sites, with appointments being offered earlier and later in the day and also on Saturday mornings. The changes will also allow the development of a one stop shop, where patients will see their consultant, go for any diagnostic tests they need, and then with the results, agree a treatment plan, all on the same day.

The results of the three month public consultation showed significant support for the improvements that the Trust was proposing.

Chief Executive of the Trust Stuart Bain said "We have listened to what people have said and responded by investing £455,000 into better public transport links and offering a wider range of more convenient appointments. This is an exciting time for the Trust and the improvements we have agreed will allow us to further develop our high quality services for outpatients."

As part of the improvements the Trust is investing £28 million, of which £23 million is being spent on the new Dover Hospital and the remainder on improvements to outpatient facilities.

Mr Bain added " As we promised, we did re-visit the evaluation of options for a site on the North Kent Coast and we invited representatives of the Clinical Commissioning Group and Kent County Council's Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee to take part in this very robust exercise. The results re-affirmed that Estuary View Medical Centre was the best choice for the sixth outpatient site.

We await the view of the Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, who meet next month and we then look forward to implementing these changes that will allow us to provide patients in East Kent with state of the art high quality services." 

27 June 2014

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