Reports Published by Healthwatch North Yorkshire
Rural Access Report
Healthwatch North Yorkshire conducted extensive research with the aim of addressing apparent issues with limited access to rural transport links and the resulting decreased access to local healthcare services and the issue of missed appointments throughout the Craven district. Working with Craven CVS we collected public experience data to influence service providers and promote best practice, putting emphasis on local solutions and peer support - building a framework of information to improve the effectiveness and efficiency in access to local healthcare service providers when providing care and distributing appointments.
Hear, See and Treat Engagement Report
In July 2015, it was announced that there would be eight new vanguards for urgent and emergency care. This included the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network that would oversee, with local partners, the improvement of urgent and emergency care for more than three million people in West Yorkshire. As part of this work it was identified that there was a need to undertake engagement on a proposed model for Hear, see and treat.
Healthwatch organisations across West Yorkshire and the Harrogate District embarked on engagement over an eleven week period, from 18th July 2016 – 30th September 2016. A survey was designed to gain feedback from patients about their views on the Hear, see and treat proposals.
Staff and volunteers from the Healthwatch organisations across West Yorkshire and the Harrogate District, went out to the most effective locations to ask people for their views
You can download the report as a pdf below
Urgent and Emergency Care: Healthwatch engagement report
In July 2015, it was announced that there would be eight new vanguards for urgent and emergency care. This included the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network that would oversee, with local partners, the improvement of urgent and emergency care for more than three million people in West Yorkshire. The Urgent and Emergency Care vanguard now falls under the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), and is one of the priorities for the STP.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate has also been identified as the only urgent and emergency care ‘acceleration zone’ nationally in September 2016.
Healthwatch organisations across West Yorkshire and the Harrogate District embarked on engagement over a four week period, from 5th October – 2nd November 2016. A survey was designed to understand why patients access urgent and emergency care services, such as A&E
They received 1,306completed surveys and the results show that:
- The majority of respondents were seen during 8am-8pm (84.7%) on a weekday, primarily Monday to Thursday (78.2%). 81.9% (1042) attended A&E, and 6.1% (78) attended a walk-in centre. As the majority of people attended during times when other services were available, it raises the question as to why people chose to attend an urgent and emergency care service rather than access other services. When asked we were advised:
- Of those that decided to attend an urgent and emergency care service (37.1% of respondents), the main reasons were they had a medical condition that they felt required to be seen urgently (64.3%), they felt that they might need tests or treatment that they wouldn’t be able to access elsewhere (21.0%), and 16.9% decided to attend because they couldn’t obtain a GP appointment.
- Of those that were advised to attend an urgent and emergency care service (46.4% of respondents), 45.5% had been told to do so by their GP practice, with 22.1% being advised to do so by 111. And nearly all (80%) felt that this was the right advice.
- 29.2% had gone somewhere else or tried to go somewhere else prior to attending an urgent and emergency care service. The majority had either seen their GP and been advised to go to hospital or they had tried to get an appointment with their GP but could not be seen quickly enough.
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