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NHS Suffolk

Suffolk OOH services rated 'good'

PERFORMANCE: Out-of-hours services in Suffolk have been judged to be good after being scrutinised by two county councillors - despite concerns that changes to the service would affect patients.

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The three month pilot saw three out-of-hours bases close to be replaced by one new base and more GPs in cars to carry out home visits. ,

Suffolk Health Scrutiny Committee chairman, Anne Whybrow, and vice chairman, Tony Goldson, studied reports from Harmoni and NHS Suffolk on the impact of the changes made.

Ms Whybrow, said: “Overall, the level of service delivered by the out of hours GP service is good and we are satisfied after our careful study of these reports.

“We had particular concerns about residents at Newmarket and are happy that Harmoni have reacted positively, recognising they need to engage more in the town. We would also urge the performance of the service continues to be monitored.”

Harmoni is to hold a public meeting in Newmarket in June.

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