Residents in Wolverhampton have 6 weeks left to have their say on plans to transform urgent and emergency care services in the city.

Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which funds healthcare services for the city, and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are holding a joint public consultation about their plans for urgent and emergency care, which finishes on Sunday 2 March, 2014.

The plans involve bringing the existing A&E department, the GP out of hours service and the walk-in service at Showell Park Walk-in Centre into a new 24/7 Urgent and Emergency Centre at New Cross Hospital, which is expected to open early in 2016. All other services at Showell Park would stay the same.

People are being invited to quiz healthcare professionals at public meetings including the following:

  • Tuesday 28 January, 6pm to 8pm, Wolverhampton Science Park (Marston Room), Glashier Drive, Wolverhampton WV10 9RU
  • Friday 31 January, 2pm to 4pm, The Molineux Stadium (International Suite), Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR
  • Tuesday 11 February, 6pm to 8pm, Bilston Town Hall, Church Street, Bilston WV14 0AT

To book a place, please visit Type=links;Linkid=3121;Title=Urgent Care;Target=_blank; or call 01902 444878.

Dr Julian Morgans, Wolverhampton CCG Clinical Lead for urgent and emergency care, said: "The feedback from our first public meeting earlier this month was very positive. We would now like to hear from many more patients. There are still 3 events remaining where people can ask us questions and tell us what they think.

"Patients also have many other opportunities to have their say. There's lots of information on our website, where people can also give their feedback, and the consultation document is available in all GP surgeries in the city.

"So far, about 80% of people who have given us feedback have supported our plans."

Dr Jonathan Odum, Medical Director at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: "We believe that our plans will enable local urgent and emergency care services to work better for patients. The comments we have received so far have been very encouraging.

"Our consultation is about ensuring everybody has the chance to shape the city's services for the years ahead."

  • released: Thursday 23 January, 2014