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Integrated care ‘hubs’

We think that the development of integrated care ‘hubs’ across Northumberland will help us achieve better access to primary care for local people at a time that suits them.  We want to make it easy for people to access urgent help in primary care seven days a week, for example through extended GP access.  This will help us further reduce reliance on hospital-based services



Working with patients, the public, our staff and all health and social care partners we want to further explore this idea.  This will help us to model and test the type and number of these ‘hubs’.  Our aim will be to maximise use of general and community hospitals, as well as exploring the potential for new networks of GP practices to work together.  The vision for
these integrated care ‘hubs’ will be to:

deliver urgent primary care (booked GP appointments and walk-in services) over extended hours seven days a week

deliver planned care with locality-based, integrated teams of community nursing, mental health and home care staff, working together with medical leadership from GPs and / or consultants

create locality-based integrated complex care teams to proactively manage those patients with the most complex needs in the community and provide a rapid response when a patient’s condition deteriorate

provide timely specialist advice for both planned and urgent care, via local clinics and home visits, as well as cost-effective diagnostics close to home