Refreshed investment focuses on improving plans for health facilities in Hinckley
28th May 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in
The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have renewed their commitment to making improvements to community services in Hinckley.
The CCGs found it necessary in 2020 to pause their plans to update a range of health services in Hinckley due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sarah Prema, Executive Director of Strategy and Planning, LLLR CCGs said; “Unfortunately our priority over the past twelve months has been on tackling Covid-19 to ensure our population is kept safe. However, we are now in a period of restoring and recovering NHS services locally.
“It has been essential though for us to take time to understand the long term impact and consequences of Covid-19 on future service delivery. It is therefore been prudent to take time to double check our plans for Hinckley to ensure that they are still the right ones.”
Sarah continued: “Whilst the revised plans would still include a new Endoscopy Suite and the creation of new outpatient and day-case facilities, we have developed three slightly different proposed options which we feel would achieve the improvement that we know the people of Hinckley deserve, while taking into account the lessons learnt from the management of the pandemic.
“All of these options would ensure that we retain the good quality inpatient beds for people who need it, whilst also enhancing facilities for care that is planned, that doesn’t involve staying overnight in hospital.”
The new proposed options could see the development of improved facilities at the District Hospital, Community Hospital or at a combination of both.
Sarah continued: “We want to assure local people that the capital investment that the CCGs worked hard to secure is still available for this project. Given the extent of engagement that we have done over a number of years with local people living in and around Hinckley on this project, it is really important to us that we continue to involve local communities. We will take time to discuss the revised options with stakeholders, enabling us to identify a preferred option that improves the health facilities for people in the best way possible, whilst also providing value for money.”
As well as the local communities, the CCG continues to work with a range of partners on this project including the local authority. Leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said: “After the terrible challenges and loss in the last year, it is great to receive such good news which will benefit so very many people in the Hinckley and Bosworth area. I am delighted that the funding to improve health facilities has been secured, and particularly the news that this will result in even more health services being available locally without patients needing to travel to Leicester or around the county. The Health Centre and the Community hospital are much loved facilities that we are keen to retain and enhance. I would urge everyone to take part in the engagement process to make sure their views are heard. “
Bill Cullen, Chief Executive Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council added: “The Council will continue to work closely with the CCG to ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes in terms of improved facilities in Hinckley for the residents of the Borough.”
The CCG is now developing a new timeline for the further development of the plans, which will require approval locally and by NHS England. This will include time for those all-important local conversations to ensure that proposals meet the health needs of the local population and are affordable.