Whitby residents raise concerns about ‘lack of information’ on changes to out-of-hours GP service

Changes to Whitby Hospital’s out-of-hours GP provision mean in-person appointments are limited to weekends.
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From Tuesday April 2, Nimbuscare will take over the provision of out-of-hours GP services in Whitby, it has been announced.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has said that patients wishing to access the out-of-hours service will have to call 111 between 6.30pm and 8am from Monday to Friday and at all weekends and Bank Holidays.

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Additionally, an out-of-hours GP is set to be on-site at Whitby Hospital on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 6pm for patients requiring face-to-face appointments.

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The announcement has been met with a mixed response, with many residents stating that they were unaware of the upcoming changes and how they would be affected.

The changes were discussed recently at a meeting of the Whitby Community Network (WCN).

The WCN said it had also been struggling to get “official confirmation” of the changes, adding: “Why should we need to, isn’t healthcare something that should be widely publicised?”

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Patients calling 111 will receive a clinical assessment to determine what care is needed and “may result in a telephone consultation, a home visit or a request to attend a face-to-face appointment”.

However, if the patient’s condition is serious, an ambulance may be called, the trust said.

Home visits are set to continue to be provided by the GP out-of-hours service in Whitby and surrounding areas “as per initial clinical assessment”.

The new provider, Nimbuscare, operates more than 10 practices, mainly in the York area.

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The Humber Teaching NHS Trust said that the Urgent Treatment Centre at Whitby Hospital will be open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and can be accessed by either calling 111 or as a walk-in service.

It is led by urgent care practitioners and advanced clinical practitioners.

The nearest Emergency Department operating 24/7 continues to be Scarborough Hospital.