The organisation which buys community-based health services for Uckfield on behalf of GPs and the town’s hospital is looking for a new provider to deliver them.
The NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group, which brings together 125 GPs working in 22 practices – and three community hospitals at Uckfield, Lewes and Crowborough – has served notice on its existing contract with the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
The group says it is keen to transform community services and consider new ways of meeting the specific health needs of patients from across High Weald, Lewes and the Havens.
Dr Elizabeth Gill, a GP at Buxted and East Hoathly medical centres, and chair of the commissioning group said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly but, due to the feedback we have heard from patients and other stakeholders, believe it is the only way we can ensure services are meeting the needs of local people both now and in the future.
“As local clinicians we want community services to work together so that patients receive seamless health care and treatment that is designed around their individual needs and the three community hospitals in Crowborough, Lewes and Uckfield remain at the heart of our plans to improve patient care and experience.”
She added: “We are committed to working openly and transparently with all our stakeholders throughout this process to ensure we meet the needs of local people.”
The community-based services include district nursing, diagnostics services, intermediate care beds and minor injuries units.
The procurement process has begun and the contract is expected to be awarded in Spring 2014. Transition planning of services should take place in Summer 2014 and the new community services contract is due to go live in Autumn 2015.