In mid-August, a public consultation on where to site a new NHS Urgent Treatment Centre began.
Members of the public are being asked to comment on the whether the new centre should be sited here in Dartford at Darent Valley Hospital or at Gravesham Community Hospital.
The new centre will be to treat illnesses and or injuries which are non-life threatening, but need an assessment or treatment on the same day.
Of the two options being proposed, the first is to move the services at White Horse Walk-in Centre at Fleet Health Campus to join the Minor Injuries Unit at Gravesham Community Hospital to create the Urgent Care Centre, with all the services in one place. It would open for 12-hours a day between 8am and 8pm
The second proposal is to relocate both of those services to a new Urgent Treatment Centre at Darent Valley Hospital to run alongside the current A & E department. This centre would be open for a minimum of 12 hours and could be extended.
Here in Dartford we have a very good A & E department at Darent Valley Hospital with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff. However, our local population is growing and so too is the need for greater access to NHS services. A new Urgent Treatment Centre offering people who are ill or injured access to treatment on the same day would be very beneficial to our town.
Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans, buys and monitors numerous healthcare services for the area, has created a web page outlining the each of the proposals.
Visit www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/public-consultation-proposed-changes-to-nhs-urgent-care-services-in-dartford-gravesham-and-Swanley/ to find out more details about the consultation.
This consultation is open until November 4 and I would urge everyone to go to one of the public events or have a look at the proposals and submit their views.