COMMERCIAL: A partnership between Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust and GP out of hours and urgent care provider Local Care Direct has been named preferred provider for NHS 111 in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Subject to contract sign off the partnership will deliver the new non-emergency phone number from March 2013 when it replaces NHS Direct’s 0845 number.

Mike Potts the senior responsible officer for NHS 111 Programme Board for Yorkshire and the Humber and chief executive of the NHS Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield primary care trust cluster, said: “I am delighted that after an open competitive process Yorkshire Ambulance Service, in partnership with out-of-hours provider Local Care Direct, has been identified as the preferred provider.

“Both organisations bring a wealth of local knowledge and experience of running emergency and urgent care services.”