Dear NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group,

Further to my recent request (FOI 081), it is recalled that the advice given to Purbeck Councillors (on 29. 11. 2017 - my copy of your presentation document at the time refers) included the statement that, disregarding the ' call -out ' time, the journey from BH19 1&2 would be 57 minutes to RBH and 47 minutes to DCH.

How can it now be correct for you to assert that 100% of Dorset's residents will be able to access a major emergency hospital within 40 minutes under blue light conditions ? Road conditions and ' call-out ' times exacerbate the matter.

Yours faithfully,

Gerald Rigler
Chairman : Purbeck & Poole group of Dorset CPRE

Dorset CCG, FOI Requests (Dorset CCG), NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Ref:  FOI 104

 

Gerald Rigler

 

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Dear Mr Rigler

 

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Thank you for your request for information regarding access times to major
emergency hospital under new plans.  Your request was received on 10
August 2019 and we are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
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Dear Mr Rigler

 

Attached is the response to your request made under the Freedom of
Information Act, from NHS Dorset CCG.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Team

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Ground Floor, West Wing

Vespasian House

Barrack Road

Dorchester

DT1 1TG

 

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Email: [1][NHS Dorset CCG request email]

 

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Dear Dorset CCG, FOI Requests (Dorset CCG),

How can your recent response to my request be valid for sound decision making, since there is clear evidence that the basis used to calculate travel times by Steer Davies Gleave in DCCG's Travel Times Analysis is incorrect. The assumption was made that the ambulance would always travel 30% faster than a private car. Blue light ambulance times from BH19 postcodes to Poole hospital demonstrably fail to undercut the travel time quoted on AA routefinder for a private car of 39 minutes. Information provided to Langton Matravers Parish Council (by SWAST) shows Category 1 imminent danger of death ambulance travel times from BH19 to Poole hospital were routinely between 38 minutes 53 seconds and 42 minutes 52 seconds. THIS EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THE AMBULANCE TRAVEL TIMES CITED IN DCCG'S OWN PRESENTATION TO PURBECK COUNCILLORS, PREVIOUSLY REFERENCED TO YOU, OF 38/39 MINUTES TO POOLE FROM BH19 SLIGHTLY UNDERESTIMATE THE ACTUAL TRAVEL TIMES.

Clarity on this issue seems important since it is of great concern to residents that DCCG continues to make unsubstantiated claims which Dorset residents know are untrue : particularly that ALL Dorset residents will be able to get to alternative A&E / Maternity services at Bournemouth or Dorset County hospitals within 40 minutes. Clearly this cannot be the case if it takes 40 minutes for some residents to get to Poole by ambulance now. Bournemouth is 8 miles further beyond Poole. Dorset County is 10 miles further away, albeit on slightly better roads.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Rigler