There are 22 days to tell us how moving the out of hours GP service from Ipswich’s Riverside Clinic to Ipswich Hospital might affect you.
The out of hours GP service gives telephone advice to patients and also urgent appointment-only access to a GP when your surgery is shut. The base in Ipswich is where patients who have an appointment might go.
Tracy Dowling, NHS Suffolk’s director of strategic commissioning said: “Moving the out of hours GP base to Ipswich Hospital makes sense as it brings all the services together. It follows the relocation of the minor injuries service to the hospital last July.
“Some 79 people have already told us what they think by using our on-line survey. We would like more people to tell us what they think.”
The plan has been put together by Harmoni, the out of hours’ provider, NHS Suffolk and clinicians at Ipswich Hospital, and would see continued focus of healthcare services at the hospital.
The out of hours GP base will be in the rheumatology department of the hospital, with a separate entrance opposite the emergency department. Parking charges will apply, as they do to all hospital visitors. Parking costs £1 for a one hour stay.
You can give your views by completing an online survey at www.suffolk.nhs.uk/outofhours or by requesting a hard copy questionnaire by calling the NHS Suffolk communications team on 01473 770014.
Closing date for submission of views is 4 January 2013 at 12 noon