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NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking local people to share their views on potential changes to the way minor injury services are delivered in Beccles.

A three-week engagement exercise has launched today (30 September) following approval by the CCG’s governing body and will run until 10 am on 21 October. The survey is here, with hard copies in the MIU and Beccles Medical Centre. All of the feedback which is received will be discussed at the CCG’s next meeting in October when a final decision will be made.

The survey is asking for views on proposals to provide a weekday minor injury service on the Beccles Hospital site, potentially at Beccles Medical Centre, rather than from the current minor injuries unit (MIU), which is within the hospital building. At weekends and bank holidays, patients would be able to get advice and support from the 111 service, as well as onward referral for face to face consultations to the out-of-hours clinic at Beccles Hospital wherever appropriate.

It comes in the light of draft national guidance, which says that all MIUs and GP-led health centres should be renamed ‘urgent care centres’ and will be required to meet a set of minimum standards. This includes opening for 16 hours a day and having an x-ray machine, which Beccles does not.

Andy Evans, chief executive of the CCG, said: “We recognise how important the minor injuries service is to local people, and are committed to ensuring patients can continue to access the care they need locally.

“The proposal won’t mean a major change for our patients, who will still receive a minor injuries service from the same site. We are now asking people how this change would affect them so that we can take their views into account when a final decision is made.

“It is important to stress that Beccles Hospital will continue to function as normal, once the current refurbishment works are complete. The phlebotomy service will also remain available at Beccles Hospital, although it will be run by a different provider.”

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