Campaign to extend opening hours for Purley Memorial Hospital's Urgent Care Centre.
25/06/2014 07:31:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
As you probably know, Purley Hospital was completely re-fitted in 2012-13 at a cost of £11m. Most of the services in the refurbished hospital (which include diagnostic services such as blood tests and X-Rays, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Ophthalmology, Cancer services and a GP surgery) are rated by patients as excellent.
There was also an Urgent Care Centre, dealing with injuries and illnesses that fell just short of needing a trip to the Emergency Department at Croydon University Hospital (Mayday). This was open 8am-8pm and offered access to the X Ray facility if needed. Again, this was rated as excellent by people who had used it.
Unfortunately, from 1st May 2014 the Urgent Care Centre was downgraded to a Minor Injury Unit, which means (as the name suggests) that it only treats minor injuries. Opening hours were cut to 2pm-8pm and access to the on site X Ray facility for MIU users has been removed, meaning that MIU users need a GP referral or must go all the way to Mayday if they need an X Ray. The Coulsdon West Councillors together with Chris Philp (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Croydon South) strongly disagree with these developments.
The decision was taken by the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, on the basis that the UCC was not being very heavily used. However, in my view the facility had not been publicised enough which is why use levels were low to start with. Despite this, in the first months of 2014 - as word spread organically - use levels did rise sharply.
Local residents, local councillors and Chris Philp are therefore campaigning actively to:
1. Restore the opening hours to 8am-8pm
2. Allow access to on-site X ray facility for users of the Minor Injury Unit to avoid the need to go to Mayday or go back to their GP
3. Restore the higher "Urgent Care Centre" level of service at Purley Memorial Hospital
As part of this campaign, there is an online petition/survey here:
If you support the objectives of the campaign (or if you don't), please do fill it in. The more local people who fill in the survey the better. Please also forward this link on to your neighbours and friends who may also wish to register their views.
Please do get in touch with any queries. We will keep you posted on progress. We hope that we can get the UCC/MIU service level re-instated, in what is otherwise now an excellent Hospital.