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Post by plook » Sat May 29, 2010 10:58 am

Commission for Rural Communities visit puts Driffield health in the spotlight

Published Date: 28 May 2010

Dr Jim Cox OBE, Commissioner for the Commission for Rural Communities visited the East Riding of Yorkshire this week to view NHS health care and preventative work delivered to rural communities in the East Riding.

Rural areas like the East Riding face challenges in terms of an ageing population, with the over 65s in the East Riding set to rise by 24% compared to an average of 14% in England by 2012/13.

In addition, coastal areas traditionally have high levels of deprivation, low employment, poor transport links and health inequalities

The visit presented an opportunity to see examples of the way NHS East Riding of Yorkshire is improving access to health in rural areas. These included:

Public health/preventing ill health –promoting health and well being with the Health Trainers in Goole and Howdenshire.

Planned care in rural communities – outpatient and diagnostics clinics at Alfred Bean Hospital, Driffield

Urgent care and better management of long term conditions - Bridlington Neighbourhood Care Team and new technologies

Dr Cox began the day in Goole meeting the Health Trainers who were promoting their one-to-one services to improve health and well-being from the new public health vehicle.

After meeting staff and touring Alfred Bean Hospital in Driffield, Dr Cox moved on to Bridlington Hospital to visit the Neighbourhood Care team based within the Macmillan Wolds Unit. The team integrates with social care to deliver a range of nursing, rehabilitation and therapies services to support patients closer to home.

There was also an opportunity to see a demonstration of new assistive technologies such as tele-health and tele-care.

These are small hand-held devices that monitor vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate help improve the quality of life for people living with a long term conditions in rural areas as patients can manage their condition successfully from home.

The visit was led by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Chairman Karen Knapton. Karen is a member of the national Primary Care Trust (PCT) Network Board which is keen to develop partnership working to promote the rural health agenda.

Karen Knapton said: "We were delighted to welcome Dr Cox to the East Riding to see the opportunities there are to work in partnership to transform services in rural communities. We hope that individual visits like this one help inform the Commission's policy work and add to the evidence base for work on rural issues nationally."

Dr Cox said: "I was particularly looking forward to visiting the East Riding to hear at firsthand the practical steps taken to provide health care for rural communities. Partnership working and a creative approach to the delivery of services will be crucial in meeting the needs of rural communities in a tough economic climate."





I think we need to write to Dr Cox and advise him that the People of Driffield & Bridlington are not provided with health care that they want or deserve, such as running Bridlington Hospital down in an area and I quote,” with a high level of deprivation”. Not providing a satisfactory alternative for A/E facilities after 6pm,
closing the coronary care unit and midwifery units at Bridlington and closing the GP led respite care in Driffield or why is a new hospital being built in Beverly when there is a hospital being run down 22 miles away in Bridlington . No wonder Ms Knapton is happy with her hand held devices for use by patients to monitor their BP and heart rate at home- they may not survive the journey to the third rate A/E at Scarborough. Ms Knapton response is typical of the consummate NHS Management babble that tells us what we need but doesn't listen to what her patients want.

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Post by DF » Sat May 29, 2010 5:04 pm

quote:Originally posted by plook
Commission for Rural Communities visit puts Driffield health in the spotlight

Published Date: 28 May 2010



I think we need to write to Dr Cox and advise him that the People of Driffield & Bridlington are not provided with health care that they want or deserve, such as running Bridlington Hospital down in an area and I quote,” with a high level of deprivation”. Not providing a satisfactory alternative for A/E facilities after 6pm,
closing the coronary care unit and midwifery units at Bridlington and closing the GP led respite care in Driffield or why is a new hospital being built in Beverly when there is a hospital being run down 22 miles away in Bridlington . No wonder Ms Knapton is happy with her hand held devices for use by patients to monitor their BP and heart rate at home- they may not survive the journey to the third rate A/E at Scarborough. Ms Knapton response is typical of the consummate NHS Management babble that tells us what we need but doesn't listen to what her patients want.







Good idea Plook. What is his address???

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Post by plook » Sat May 29, 2010 6:28 pm

I am finding out.

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Post by plook » Sat May 29, 2010 6:37 pm

Commission for Rural Communities

Jim Cox
Board Member


Dr Jim Cox OBE is a former rural General Practitioner in Caldbeck, Cumbria, Medical Director of Cumbria Ambulance Service and chairman of Royal College of General Practitioners’ Rural Practice Group.

He was also an Associate Director of the NHS National Clinical Assessment Authority and chairman of the Northern Fells Rural Project which became the Northern Fells Group, addressing rural social exclusion. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria.

Dr Cox does not hold any other ministerial public appointments.


Enquiries:
Email: info@ruralcommunities.gov.uk
Tel: 01242 521381

Cheltenham Head Office
John Dower House, Crescent Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3RA
Tel: 01242 521381 Fax: 01242 533290

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