So, what exactly is the Guildford & Waverley CCG’s – ‘Better Together’ exercise all about?

Recently Joint Commissioning Group (JCG) Director Vicky Stobbart was forced to put the public straight about its “Better Care Together’ Programme. Saying it was NOT a PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

Holding workshops and meetings all the over the borough, was, she said, not about the future of the minor injuries unit at Haslemere Hospital, it was merely an exercise to engage with patients and the public to consider how it (the JCG) can best provide urgent care services to the population of Guildford & Waverley and, “surrounding areas.” Her words, not ours.

WW wonders what she means by “surrounding areas,” does she mean an area bigger than Guildford & Waverley? (Read the press statement below.)

She says no decisions have been made and there are NO  options on the table.  However, everyone in Haslemere is acutely aware, that if its MIU is not upgraded to an urgent care center (UCC)  it means – its well-used and cherished facility will obviously have to close.

Our correspondents have attended quite a few presentations around the area, and have been acutely underwhelmed by several of them. Residents were asked?

 What would you like to see? How would you like us to deliver services – in your, town, your village? asked one?  No surprise there then that he/she heard that people wanted their minor injuries dealt with at a unit staffed by doctors and nurses in strategically placed UCC’s in Waverley and in Guildford.

 What we cannot understand is the – “and beyond” bit, Vicky Stobbart mentions in the penultimate paragraph of her statement featured below.

Ms. Stobbart wants us all to tell her what matters most to us? 

And, from what we gathered from the events we attended – it was really quite simple. And it certainly didn’t require the huge costly glossy brochure, with full-page pictures of patients being treated by dedicated professionals, that must have cost half-a-dozen NHS beds! Or the wishing exercise that her colleagues provided us with. Here’s just one glossy picture.

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Here’s another: and, there are lots more where these came from!Screen Shot 2019-09-26 at 17.49.37.png

So, what they actually want Ms. Stobbart is:

  • Easy access six days a week to their GP’s and community nurses.
  • Access to acute care, for major injuries/illness at Accident & Emergency at The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, – an organisation that recently dropped the word “hospital from its name, or Frimley Park in the West of the Borough. 
  • Centrally positioned UCC’s. One in Haslemere, which has its own X-Ray to serve the large population which reaches into West Sussex and the fast-growing Godalming, and Milford areas.
  • Another UCC based in the old Cranleigh Village Hospital which also has X-Ray facilities serving the eastern villages and the new Garden Village about to arrive in Dunsfold.

Your representatives mentioned at several meetings that providing future UCC’s was NOT a question of money? A statement that baffled many, including us.

They heard that the problem is only getting the right staff in post. So no problem there then – lots of nurses living in the eastern villages, some of whom turned up to the meetings.

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So what’s all this about: Is Guildford & Waverley CCG about to become  East Surrey, Guildford & Waverley, North West Surrey, and Surrey Downs CCG) next year?

Because this is beginning to sound like SW Surrey Area Health Authority only even bigger? What do they say: ‘What goes around comes around?’  WW wonder how much all these reorganizations have cost the taxpayer over the past two decades?

If it wasn’t so serious this press statement would be quite funny!

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