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Relocation work to move Urgent Treatment Centre to PCH begins

Reconfiguration works are about to start at Peterborough City Hospital (PCH), to make room for the relocation of the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), currently based at Thorpe Road. 
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The relocation works of the City Care Unit to Peterborough City Hospital is set to begin (Picture: Google Images)

A public consultation was launched in August on this proposal to relocate the Urgent Treatment Care Centre and the GP Out of Hours Services, both currently located at the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road. 

Following feedback received from the consultation which received more than 700 responses, the governing body for the CCG has decided to halt the move until April next year. 

Speaking to members of the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT), at their online Board meeting on November 30, Caroline Walker, CEO said: “On November 3, at their Governing Body meeting, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group approved proposals to relocate the UTC from the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road, Peterborough, to the PCH site. 

“They agreed the move will not occur before April 1, 2021, but now that the decision has been made, we can start working through the next steps to develop an integrated patient-centred care model that will benefit our population. 

“Alongside the physical move of the service, we are about to commence reconfiguration works across the emergency floor at PCH to provide us with more clinical capacity, facilitate the UTC move and embed some of our new care models such as the Surgical Assessment Unit.” 

The meeting on November 3, also laid down recommendations that suggested the CCG ensures wide-reaching, accessible and timely communications to make sure people are aware of the relocation, how to access help through 111 and where to go when they have an urgent care health need. 

Graham Wilde, Chief Operating Officer added: “All of the capital works are currently on time easing the flow of patients around our Emergency Department and creating the physical space required for the UTC.  

“The work to increase capacity in the Regional Emergency Department in this C-19 world we find ourselves in has now begun, and is going well.  

“The clinical and managerial teams are also working well with our partners across the health economy in terms of re-designing the pathways to make sure we can have a clean and single flow from dialling ‘111’ through to if a patient needs urgent support and care in our Emergency Department.  

“So, as a new group, this encompasses all partners from GPs, community providers, ‘111’ and ourselves designing those pathways.  

“We’re hoping that we’ll complete the lions’ share of that work and will be able to present a business case and flow to the Board members sometime, early in 2021.” 

Dr Gary Howsam, Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group previously said:  “We’re very grateful to our community who shared their feedback, and we plan to relocate the Urgent Treatment Centre to Peterborough City Hospital sometime next year. We have listened to the concerns raised by the public through the consultation process and agreed that the relocation will not happen until at least 1 April 2021”  

“Moving these services to one place will now mean people only need to travel to one location for their urgent and emergency health needs, rather than trying to work out which service is the right one for them.”  

“This additional timescale also gives us more time to plan the building work and for more work to be done, working with the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and Peterborough City Council, on sustainable travel plans for this area.” 

By Robert Alexander 

Local Democracy Reporting Service