Wyre civic centre to be health hub

Dr Tony Naughton
Dr Tony Naughton
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Wyre Civic Centre could become a one stop shop for health under radical plans to reorganise the NHS on the Fylde Coast.

The Breck Road building in Poulton is being lined up to house a health hub following a £4.26m grant for a new integrated health and social care system.

The plans set to launch in April next year will make the Fylde a leader nationally as the NHS changes to meet the needs of patients in the 21st Century.

Dr Tony Naughton, Clinical Chief Officer for the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, said it was part of a move to base healthcare in the patient’s neighbourhood.

He said when the NHS launched in 1948 people did not live as long as they do now and therefore doctors did not have to deal with the multiple conditions that patients today now have. Healthcare had to change and work closer with social care.

He said teams would be set up with GPs, district nurses, community care and social workers working together, all with appropriate access to a patient’s electronic care records and a person to be the single point of contact for all out-of-hospital services.

Each patient who has been assessed in particular categories of need will be offered the new service via their GP and if they agree they will get a health and wellbeing worker to act as their point of contact for their health and social problems.

The workers will report to a team covering each neighbourhood which will be based at health hubs such as Moor Park Primary Care Centre in Blackpool and Lytham Primary Care Centre as well as the new planned hub in Poulton.

He said: “The plan is to turn part of Wyre Civic Centre into a health hub with GPs, district nurses and volountary services all under one roof as a one stop shop for people’s health and social care.

“The health and wellbeing workers are people with a lot of common sense and who can take the jargon out for the patients and act as a single point of contact for them.

“Many of the patients are housebound and so we will deliver their care in the setting they are in.

“It is really exciting, bringing the NHS up to date to meet the needs of the people we have to look after now.

“This is a pionering programme and the eyes of the country are on the Fylde to see how it goes.”

Samantha Jones, Director – New Care Models Programme at NHS England said: “The changes they have planned will help deliver a raft of benefits for patients, local people and staff. We are also supporting them to help spread good practice across the wider NHS and social care community.”