The arguments for a mid-wife led maternity unit for our expanding population are at
Local NHS managers published a paper about the future of maternity provision for NE London on the 9th November 2017 at the link above. King George is not one of the sites given in this NHS paper.
However, the recent PWC report commissioned by the NHS has the following quote about King George includes the following:
“The recent work undertaken in May and June 2017 provides
compelling evidence that a new model of emergency care across
NEL is evolving with significant emergency care demands.
This requires a new clinical model to be developed by BHRUT,
incorporating an integrated UCC specification. Subsequent to the
model being developed, there will then be a gateway review and
agreement with Barts Health on the revised model and the
updated potential impact on Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals.
A new staffing model could be developed as part of the new model
of care.” (my emphasis)
The NHS are working on a "new clinical model" this allows us to make the argument that part of this new clinical model should be a mid-wife maternity unit at King George Hospital.
Jane Milligan Chief Officer NHS Tower Hamlets CCG and Executive Lead for East London Health and Care Partnership (NEL) writes the below in a recent update on 29/11/17
"The model we finally adopt must provide excellent, safe patient care and meet the needs of local people now and well into the future."
Redbridge women should be given the choice to have their babies at King George. The full update is below:
29 November 2017
I wanted to update you on the latest position regarding the A&E department at King George Hospital in Goodmayes.
As you will know, the decision to replace the A&E with an Urgent Care Centre (UCC) was taken in 2011 and much has changed since then. Our east London population is growing and ageing, demand for NHS services continues to increase, and we face ever-increasing challenges as a healthcare system.
Following on from the recommendations in a strategic review undertaken recently by PWC, we now need to consider more options for the way we deliver urgent and emergency care across our communities. This will allow us to look at how this care is provided locally, taking these challenges into account.
It is important we consider how we deliver these services across both King George and Queen’s hospitals to enable us to deliver care in the best way for patients. Exploring more options will enable us to do this.
This is now an opportunity for us to work with our clinicians, patients, partners and stakeholders to develop a plan to make it easier for people to access the right services, deliver care sustainably, and address the challenges such as an ageing population and increasing demand on A&E services.
The model we finally adopt must provide excellent, safe patient care and meet the needs of local people now and well into the future.
In the meantime, the existing A&E at King George hospital will continue to operate as now.
I will continue to keep you updated of further developments.
Chief Officer NHS Tower Hamlets CCG and Executive Lead for East London Health and Care Partnership (NEL
It would be great if you could come along and contribute ideas to how we can drive the campaign forward.