North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) want your views on the plans to transform care in Harwich and Clacton. The impact of these service changes has the potential to positively benefit residents across north east Essex. We want your views to inform our work as we shape the future of community services around you, your family and your future healthcare needs.

Background

Following an award of £15m from central government in March 2018 to support the creation of a new ‘Community Hub’ at Clacton Hospital as well as £3m to invest in Fryatt Hospital, Harwich, plans have been proposed on how to spend these funds. Thanks to this funding, north east Essex has a great opportunity to provide care in new ways, proven to improve patient outcomes, as well as address the current outdated, unsuitable wards at Clacton Hospital that do not have adequate space for equipment or therapy.

These plans will mean a few key changes for the community that aim to improve the quality of patient care:

  • A ‘Community Hub’ will be developed at Clacton Hospital. This will provide modern premises that will see a number of local GP services benefit from being onsite with the Urgent Treatment Centre for minor injury and illness, mental health, outpatient services and other health and voluntary services. Future plans include extending this ‘Community Hub’ idea to Harwich, working alongside local services.
  • A dedicated Rehabilitation Inpatient Centre will be created, based at Fryatt Hospital in Harwich. This will make use of the modern facility including Trinity Ward and the previously unused areas of the hospital, to provide specialist rehabilitation care for patients who have suffered a stroke or need inpatient rehabilitation support following a period of illness or injury.
  • Extra care for patients requiring end of life and support for their carers. Greater partnership working with specialist Nursing Homes and Palliative Care Services locally to provide a more homely environment for the patient and their family to be supported in, while still receiving specialist support.
To create the rehabilitation service and allow the benefits of having the care all on one site, the Clacton Hospital wards (St Osyth Priory Ward and Kate Grant Ward) will move to Harwich Hospital. This will also allow for the development of the Clacton site. 

We are particularly interested to hear from you if you have experienced the community beds service at Clacton and Harwich Hospitals as a patient, relative or carer so that we can gain a full understanding of the affect this change could have on local residents. The community beds service we are referring to is currently held in the Trinity, St Osyth Priory and Kate Grant Wards, and provides specialist short term care and rehabilitation support, including nursing and therapy in the community, to help people to recover from an acute illness and to regain their independence.

We welcome all feedback and your views will inform the development process as we aim to design a new model of care built around the needs of the service user.

If you would like to participate in this engagement please complete the questionnaire below. If you require this survey in a different format, please call 01206 918730.
Which of the following statements apply to you?

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* 1. Which of the following statements apply to you?

What is the first half of your postcode? e.g. CO4

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* 2. What is the first half of your postcode? e.g. CO4

What is your gender?

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* 3. What is your gender?

Do you consider yourself to have disability?

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* 4. Do you consider yourself to have disability?

What is your age?

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* 5. What is your age?

What is your ethnicity?

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* 6. What is your ethnicity?

(This information is for monitoring purposes only and will not be used to identify people who respond)
Which hospital do you have experience of:

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* 7. Which hospital do you have experience of:

Overall how would you rate your most recent experience of Clacton and/or Harwich Hospital services?

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* 8. Overall how would you rate your most recent experience of Clacton and/or Harwich Hospital services?

How do you feel about the proposed changes to the hospitals?

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* 9. How do you feel about the proposed changes to the hospitals?

On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being most positive) how do you feel about the following aspects of the service changes:

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* 10. On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 being most positive) how do you feel about the following aspects of the service changes:

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New Rehabilitation Centre at Harwich Hospital
New Community Health Hub at Clacton
Stronger partnerships for end of life care
Redevelopment of hospital buildings
If you attend or were to attend the Clacton or Harwich Hospital sites what transport arrangements are you most likely to use?:

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* 11. If you attend or were to attend the Clacton or Harwich Hospital sites what transport arrangements are you most likely to use?:

Please comment below if you have any other comments to share with us or if you would like to express your opinion and views regarding the proposal to move the current community beds from Clacton Hospital to Fryatt Hospital, Harwich to allow for:
  • A specialist Rehabilitation Centre at Fryatt Hospital
  • A Community Hub at Clacton Hospital

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* 12. Please comment below if you have any other comments to share with us or if you would like to express your opinion and views regarding the proposal to move the current community beds from Clacton Hospital to Fryatt Hospital, Harwich to allow for:
  • A specialist Rehabilitation Centre at Fryatt Hospital
  • A Community Hub at Clacton Hospital

Thank you for your feedback. 

For further information please visit www.neessexccg.nhs.uk or contact the North East Essex CCG on 01206 918730.

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