Plans are being developed to create a Community Care and Treatment (CCAT) Hub to strengthen services provided at Pitlochry Community Hospital.
Perth & Kinross HSCP will be engaging with local GPs, staff and members of the local community as they develop the hub to enhance the services already provided in the current Minor Injury and Illness Unit (MIIU).
CCAT services are defined under the new GP contract and there is a broad range of services which are captured under ‘care and treatment’, including:
- Management of minor injuries and dressings
- Ear syringing
- Suture removal
- Chronic disease monitoring
These services become the responsibility of the HSCP under the new contract and plans are being developed to see these services delivered from community hubs. CCAT hubs will be able to offer appointments to patients from across Perth & Kinross which will increase the availability of services.
The Partnership is working to develop care and treatment services across Perth & Kinross that will improve access to services allowing patients to see the right professional in a location close to their GP practice or, if it is most convenient, in a CCAT hub.
Head of Health for the HSCP Evelyn Devine said, “Although planning for the development of a CCAT hub in Pitlochry Community Hospital is in the very early stages, we hope that providing services through the hub will create additional time for GPs to spend longer with patients who need their skills the most.
“We anticipate a CCAT hub in Pitlochry Community Hospital will initially bring together services such as phlebotomy (taking blood), wound and ulcer care and removal of sutures, increasing the services already provided by the MIIU.
“It is essential the Partnership works closely with local GPs and members of the local community throughout the planning process to gain valuable feedback.
“We aim to have a new CCAT hub in place at Pitlochry Community Hospital before the end of 2019. Members of the public should also be assured that MIIU services will not be closing in Pitlochry and plans for the hub aim to strengthen and boost the services provided in the current MIIU.”
Following recent opening hours changes, the Pitlochry MIIU opening times will be extended again from 1 April.
During April, the MIIU will be open Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm and will reopen over the weekend between 9am and 9pm.
Ms Devine added, “We would like to thank the local community for their understanding during the recent changes to the opening hours at Pitlochry MIIU. It is essential that we provide an MIIU service with appropriately skilled staff which is safe for patients and staff. We are pleased to be able to extend these hours again from 1 April.”
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