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Brighton Journal | 13th December 2019

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Brighton hospital to open new around the clock treatment centre

Brighton hospital to open new around the clock treatment centre
Christy Hall
  • On 18th July 2019

Big news for our local NHS today as The Royal Sussex County Hospital has announced that it will open a new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). The Eastern Road institution suffers from an overloaded A and E service, such a familiar story up and down the country, and this new treatment centre will go a long way towards easing that incoming traffic. Featured Image ©  Geograph

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Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs) are GP-led, open at least 12 hours a day, every day, offer appointments that can be booked through 111 or through a GP referral, and are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for. The detail which will set this new Brighton-based UTC apart from other hospitals is that it will be open to patients around the clock.

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Brighton and Hove senior health commissioner Ashley Scarff detailed, “Urgent care is a term used to describe the range of services people access who require same day health or social care, advice and/or treatment. Emergency care describes services which respond to serious or life-threatening illness or injury like A&E and 999. Across the country, people have fed back that the number of different NHS services available to them is confusing, particularly when they need urgent care.For some patients, particularly the elderly and frail, this can mean they don’t get help until they reach crisis point and then end up in A&E.”

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At a Hove Town Hall meeting a Green Party spokesperson asked: “Will people say, I can’t book an appointment with my GP so I’m going to this? Will someone be monitoring this and managing who is going to present here?”

Mr Scarff responded by saying that patients could use the centre if they could not get an appointment with their own GP as it would be there to be used. Mr Scarff also explained that there would be a media campaign in the run up to the grand opening of the centre to clarify any confusion amongst local residents about the purpose of the new facility.

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