This review into local hospital services was started in January 2012 when clinicians across Worcestershire voiced concerns about the safety of services due to shortages of staff.
Some hospital services across the county are too small to continue on more than one site and it is well known that patient care can be improved by bringing specialists together in larger teams. Having larger teams will enable individual clinicians to treat more patients which will help maintain and improve skills and give you a better service.
The Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire (FoAHSW) programme was launched in September 2013 by the newly established three Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, South Worcestershire CCG and Wyre Forest CCG). Together with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire County Council and public stakeholder groups a proposed clinical model has been developed.
The clinical model proposed will only affect 5% of patients. There will be no change to outpatient appointments and tests and 95% of patients will go to the same hospital as they do now for their care.
It is believed that this is the best clinical solution for Worcestershire. It has been developed by clinicians within the county and endorsed by the West Midlands Clinical Senate (June 2016) and maintains as wide a range of health services as possible across all three acute hospitals in Worcestershire.
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