COMMERCIAL: Four bidders have been shortlisted to provide NHS 111 and out of hours primary care services in Somerset, in one of the first NHS 111 re-procurements to be run.

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is seeking closer integration of the two services and sought bids from organisations interested in managing one or both of them.

The current NHS 111 provider, South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, has been shortlisted to provide both services, as has Northern Doctors Urgent Care Ltd which delivers the NHS 111 service in the North East in partnership with the ambulance trust.

GP co-operative Brisdoc, which provides GP out of hours services in the Bristol area, has also been shortlisted to provide the out of hours service in Somerset.

IC24, which provides NHS 111 in South Essex and Great Yarmouth and Waveney, is also on Somerset’s NHS 111 shortlist.

A decision on the successful organisation is not expected to be made until November 2014.

Somerset CCG chair Matthew Dolman, said: “We still have some way to go with the procurement process, but I would like to thank patients, carers and community stakeholders for their contribution to our review of out-of-hours services throughout 2012 and 2013. 

“Their views have played a very important part in setting the service specifications we are now going to be negotiating with the shortlisted organisations.”