The Our Health Our Care programme
Within our partnership, we are working together on what we call the Our Health Our Care programme, to look at how we can make improvements to the way our local health and care services are arranged and accessed.
This focuses on hospital services across Preston, Chorley and South Ribble, but also looks at how services provided away from the hospital (such as family doctors, community nursing and others) could work alongside hospital services in the future. The ultimate aim of this work is to make sure local people get the right care, at the right time, from the right team and in the right place.
A number of our local clinicians have already described why and how we need to transform services to better meet the challenges which we face across central Lancashire and improve the care they are able to provide. This has included taking on board lots of feedback from members of the public, staff and other key stakeholders across central Lancashire.
The options for change
Through this programme of work, local health and care staff, together with feedback received from members of the public and various other partners, have developed a range of options for how local services could work differently in the future.
Independent groups of external clinical experts have also reviewed these options and provided their findings which you can read here.
Despite the expert recommendations received, a number of options for change remain on the table. The viability and benefits of all options is continuing to be assessed. However, it is important to note that:
- None of the proposed options suggest closing Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital.
- All of the options would mean that urgent care continues to be provided at Chorley, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- No decision about the options will be taken until after a formal public consultation has taken place.
What happens next?
No decision about the options will be taken until after a formal public consultation has taken place. This is a formal listening process using a number of ways to talk with people and gather feedback which we will then consider carefully before making a decision on any changes to services.
A final decision would only be made following a full consultation. It is the decision of NHS England and the local clinical commissioning groups as to when a consultation would start.