New out-of-hours GP service set for base at hospital

Chorley Hospital
Chorley Hospital

Out-of-hours GP services are set to be relocated as part of a shake-up of urgent care services.

It will move from its current site on Wigan Road, Chorley, to Chorley And South Ribble Hospital.

The change will allow the out-of-hours GP service to work closely with the hospital’s urgent care service team and accident and emergency department (A&E).

It is hoped that having services in one place will help patients who are confused about where to go for help and ensure they see the right clinical expert.

It also means that the out-of-hours GPs, who treat minor injuries and illnesses, will have access to diagnostic services at the hospital, such as scans and laboratory tests.

Dr Gora Bangi, a GP at Leyland Surgery and chairman of NHS Chorley And South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Integrating urgent care services at Chorley And South Ribble Hospital is essential in making sure that we can deliver a range of important benefits to patients.

“These include improving safety and quality, enhancing access to services that are easy to understand, more co-ordination and integration with other services, and responsive care that can provide an altogether better patient-centred experience.”

A planning application has been submitted to Chorley Council so that changes can be made on the hospital site as part of the shake-up.

If it is approved, building work is expected to start at the end of June and the new services will be available by December.

The changes are being made as part of a host of health service improvements planned across Chorley, South Ribble and Preston.

The £89m plan includes integrating patient care and improving services for patients with long-term conditions.

Dr Bangi added: “We have been working closely with other NHS organisations and local authorities to make plans to deliver real improvements to local health and social care services.

“Only recently, I visited 10 Downing Street with other local healthcare organisations to talk about the importance of partnership working in delivering better services for patients, as it is something we all believe will make a real difference.”