Chesterton Medical Centre, Cambridge - Ambulence Calls in 2016

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Dear East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Could you please release the number of patients urgently transferred from the out-of-hours GP service at Chesterton Medical Centre, Union Lane, Cambridge to hospital by ambulance during 2016.

If it is easier to provide the number of times an ambulance was called to Chesterton Medical Centre, Union Lane, Cambridge in 2016 that statistic would also satisfy my request.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST), East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Before taking the decision to close the out-of-hours base in Chesterton, Cambridge, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group was told:

"On rare occasions (5%) patients attending OOH bases need urgent transfer to their local hospital due to a deterioration of symptoms associated with their presenting condition. Currently this would require a blue light ambulance/Medivac to CUHFT from Chesterton Medical Centre."
https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroug...

The CCG was also told that out of hours consultations at Chesterton Medical Centre took place at a rate of 13,290 per year.
https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroug...

The purpose of this request is to find out if ambulances really were being called to the out-of-hours base at the rate claimed.

foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST), East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear Richard,

Further to your email on the 26th August 2017, please find the Trust’s response below. Your request has been allocated the following reference: 12387 please quote this reference in any future correspondence with the Trust.

Could you please release the number of patients urgently transferred from the out-of-hours GP service at Chesterton Medical Centre, Union Lane, Cambridge to hospital by ambulance during 2016.
If it is easier to provide the number of times an ambulance was called to Chesterton Medical Centre, Union Lane, Cambridge in 2016 that statistic would also satisfy my request.

All Incident Responses to Chesterton Medical Centre in CY 2016:

Grand Total
Non Conveyed - 13
Conveyed- 133
Grand Total- 146

This Data provides all Incident Responses to Chesterton Medical Centre, broken down if taken to hospital or not. Please note all duplicated, test calls and CSD data has been excluded from the dataset

I am obliged to advise you that if you are dissatisfied with the Trust’s response to your request you have a right to complain to the Trust and should set out your concerns to the Freedom of Information Officer, EEAST, Hospital Approach, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7WS or by email to [East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust request email]. If you remain dissatisfied following this, you have a right under Section 50 of the FOIA to seek a determination from the Information Commissioner on whether the Act has been properly applied by the Trust. For more information, please see www.ico.gov.uk.

Under the Accessible Information Standard the Trust are required to ask our FOI applicants equality and diversity questions. You are under no obligation; however we would be grateful if you could complete the form attached and email back to us.

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Kind regards

FoI Officer
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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From: Richard Taylor <[FOI #427296 email]>
Sent: 26 August 2017 18:49
To: foi (EAST OF ENGLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE NHS TRUST)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Chesterton Medical Centre, Cambridge - Ambulence Calls in 2016

Dear East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Could you please release the number of patients urgently transferred from the out-of-hours GP service at Chesterton Medical Centre, Union Lane, Cambridge to hospital by ambulance during 2016.

If it is easier to provide the number of times an ambulance was called to Chesterton Medical Centre, Union Lane, Cambridge in 2016 that statistic would also satisfy my request.

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Richard Taylor
Cambridge
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The response indicates that just 1% of attendees of the out-of-hours GP service at Chesterton Medical Centre required an ambulance to attend and take them to hospital. (133 out of 13,290 in 2016)

This is just a fifth of the number of emergency ambulance conveyances those taking the decision to move the out of hours service to Addenbrookes were told were taking place.

One of the key statistics used to justify the move appears not to have accurately reflected the situation with respect to the out-of-hours GP service at Chesterton Medical Centre.

Those taking decisions about the structure of our local health services should ensure they have the information they need in-front of them and that information needs to be accurate.

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