Norfolk looks at ambulance times and NHS staffing

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110904009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110904009

Ambulance response times and patient handovers at hospitals in Norfolk are to be discussed next week

Norfolk County Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee gather on Thursday to consider the matter and at staffing in the NHS ahead of winter.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) will report on performance trends in Norfolk since February.

Ambulance turnaround times for all three of Norfolk’s hospitals will be included in EEAST’s report and a representative from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) will be in attendance at the meeting to update the committee on the success of measures put in place to improve turnaround performance.

The NNUH is the county’s largest hospital and consequently the one with the most ambulance arrivals.

North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has also been invited to next week’s meeting as the lead commissioner for the NNUH.

The chief officer for North Norfolk CCG has a leading role for Norfolk in commissioning the ambulance service in conjunction with other commissioners in the region.

The CCG will update the committee on the success of a number of measures to encourage better ambulance response times and turnaround performance.

Also on the agenda is NHS workforce planning in Norfolk. Staff shortages in Norfolk, in particular GPs, were raised in July by members.

Representatives from Health Education East of England, Norfolk County Council Public Health, the three NHS System Resilience Groups in Norfolk, and Norfolk and Waveney Local Medical Committee will attend the meeting to discuss the response to the recommendations.

Norfolk County Council Public Health, the three NHS System Resilience Groups in Norfolk, and Norfolk and Waveney Local Medical Committee will then discuss the actions under way to ensure services are adequately staffed during the winter. The NHS System Resilience Groups are the forum where all the partners across the health and social care system come together to undertake the regular planning of service delivery.

The meeting will be held on Thursday at 10am in the Edwards Room at County Hall in Norwich. The public are welcome.