Work begins to build £9m east Hull care centre

Published: Saturday 7th January 2017 by KCFM

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Work has begun on a new £9million care centre in east Hull which should take pressure off hospitals in the city.

The Integrated Care Centre (ICC) will support elderly patients with long term health problems and bring specialist diagnosis services into the community

It is thought to be the first of its kind in the country and is due to open next year.

Chief Executive of Hull CCG Emma Latimer said: “We’re hoping this facility will see about 20 patients a day. It’s not an emergency centre, it’s very much for elderly people really who need another diagnosis, who are not quite sure about. GPs have seen them but they want to refer them here. So we’re making the system work for patients rather than the other way round.

“It brings all services together so that patients only have to come and talk to one lead person rather than being pinged around the system. Local authorities and the NHS quite used to working together, but the fire being an additional partner and bringing their skills and expertise I think is a first.

“There are no beds. They will be seen, they will have some kind of diagnosis or discussion with the clinician and then they will have their treatment either there or then or it will be referred to the next sort of day. We’re trying to treat people when they come in, for the right things at the right time.”

The ICC is based on the site of the former David Lister School and is due to open in 2018.

Specially trained fire personnel from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will support the rehabilitation and recovery of patients following a period in hospital, building on the success of the HFRS and health-led Hull FIRST Falls Response Team.

Their east Hull fire station will be relocated to the new facility at the same time.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Blacksell said: “I’m extremely pleased that we’re able to expand our close links to our health colleagues, it’s the most effective way to keep people safe and living independently.

“The on-site fire station will allow us to continue working to help prevent a wide range of emergencies, but also to respond quickly and effectively to them when we are needed.

“To share facilities with health partners makes sense on a number of levels given the current financial climate and the fact that a new home for our firefighters in East Hull is overdue.”

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Published: Saturday 7th January 2017 by KCFM

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