STRUCTURE: Derbyshire Community Health Services has proposed to host a “single point of access” on Chesterfield Royal Foundation Trust’s site.

Chesterfield Royal’s board minutes say an agreement has been struck with DCHS to trial the proposal over the winter months, as commissioners felt it would be a practical option to have the community trust involved in the care pathway, when a patient was brought through the emergency department.

Whilst it was acknowledged that working within the four hour timescale would be challenging for DCHS, the overall aim was to ensure patients were appropriately cared for; in a ‘place of safety’ and were following the right clinical pathway for their needs.