Representatives from the East Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be available to speak to people about their proposals to close the unit at the public dropin event at the Town Council Offices on Market Walk on Thursday (10th November) from 4:30-7:30pm.
As part of its review of urgent care across the East Riding, the CCG is planning to close all MIUs in the East Riding and replace them with urgent care centres. Urgent care centres will be open 16 hours a day, 365 days a year and will provide a consistent range of advice, treatment and diagnostics. However, under the proposals, there is no option to have an urgent care centre in Driffield or to retain our existing MIU.
The only options available are to have urgent care centres at Goole and Beverley; or urgent care centres at Beverley and Bridlington; or at Bridlington, Beverley and Goole and finally urgent care centres at Bridlington and Goole.
Driffield Town Councillor Cath Scarlett said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible to come along to the consultation on Thursday and show the CCG the strength of support from the people of Driffield and the surrounding villages who want to keep our MIU and our Rapid Response vehicle, which is also under threat.”
Meanwhile, Driffield Town Council has drafted a template letter outlining the key reasons for the retention of the MIU in Driffield which is being offered for people to send to the CCG as part of the consultation as an alternative to filling in the consultation document prepared by the CCG.
The template letter which will be available from Thursday gives residents the option to send a clear message to the CCG that Driffield wants to see its MIU retained.
Town clerk Claire Binnington said: “As the consultation document prepared by the CCG does not have an option to save the Driffield MIU, the Town Council is discouraging people from completing it or going online.
“The CCG have confirmed in writing that they will accept letters and emails as part of their consultation exercise and take the views expressed in those into account when analysing the results.
“Consequently the Town Council has prepared a template letter for residents to address and sign that states that they wish to see the Driffield MIU retained. There will also be several optional questions to answer about having children under 18/ own transport/disabilities etc in order to give the CCG an insight into the circumstances of those returning the letters.
“There is a freepost address direct to the CCG so all people then need to do is pop it in the post box.”
Town councillors will be on hand at the market on Thursday to talk about the proposals and hand out copies of the letter.
At the end of November, the letters will also be sent out to every household in the YO25 postcode so that everyone has an opportunity to get their voice heard. Other outlets such as Driffield School, local primary schools, parish councils and sports clubs will also be asked to help distribute the letter.
In the coming weeks, the letter will also be available online to download or fill in and email direct to the CCG.
Alex Seale, Director of Commissioning and Transformation at the CCG, said the aim of the consultation was to improve urgent care services across the East Riding.
She said: “The consultation will run until 17th January 2017 and during that time members of the public can have their say by completing our questionnaire. The consultation document and questionnaire is being widely distributed across locations such as public libraries, GP surgeries and pharmacies as well as being available online through our website, www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/urgentcare.
“We are holding a number of public drop in events taking place across the East Riding of Yorkshire, where members of the public are able to drop in for more information and complete a survey.”
In March 2017, the CCG’s Governing Body will make a decision on the final service model following full consideration of feedback received from local people and clinicians.