Chris Philp, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Croydon South
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Restore Purley Hospital Services
26/09/2014 17:05:00


..Purley Memorial Hospital re-opened in the summer of 2013 with an excellent Urgent Care Centre (UCC). It was open from 8am to 8pm and included access to the X ray facility for most of the time that it was open. It also treated minor ailments besides minor injuries. Sadly, from May 1st 2014 the opening hours have been cut to 2pm to 8am and there is no access to the X ray facilities at all. I am working very hard with local residents to persuade the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG) who decide about the service levels at the hospital to change their mind and restore the service.

The CCCG say that the number of people using the facility was not high enough to merit maintaining the service as it was. However, there was very low public awareness about the UCC service and it had received almost no publicity. That is why use levels were low. The decision was taken in September 2013, before the re-opened site had a chance to properly establish itself. Despite this, the number of people using the UCC were growing, and increased 56% in 2013/14 compared to the previous year.

I have conducted a survey about the UCC (available to fill in at hospital). There have been over 1,000 responses and I have found:

  • Many people did not know that the UCC service was there at all

  • 99% of people think that the hours should be restored and access to the X Ray machine restored

  • 97% of people who had used the UCC service prior to May 1st 2014 rated the service as “Good” or “Very Good” and only 1% “Poor” or “Unacceptable”

  • After May 1st 2014, the proportion of people rating the service as “Poor” or “Unacceptable” increased from 1% up to 26%

  • In general, the rest of Purley hospital has very high ratings

Having met with the CCCG and pressed the case to restore the service, they have undertaken to conduct reviews into the service levels being offered at Purley. I will continue to press the case very hard indeed to restore the service levels.

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