Commissioners in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland today announced that services previously provided by Central Nottingham Clinical Services (CNCS) will be transferring to the provision of Derbyshire Health United from midnight tonight.
Following a number of challenges over the last year CNCS declared their intention to go into administration. Commissioners have been working with CNCS since being notified of their intention to cease operating and have already put in place the arrangements to continue services for the public in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
This transfer is expected to be seamless and patients should see no difference or disruption to their services. Local CNCS staff members will transfer to the employ of Derbyshire Health United.
In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CNCS provide out of hours primary care service across the area as well as the Loughborough Urgent Care Centre. The responsibility for running both of these will be taken on by Derbyshire Health United who will ensure that there is continuity for patients and staff. Derbyshire Health United are currently contracted to provide NHS 111 services across the East Midlands, as well as providing out of hours services in Derbyshire, so will provide a safe and experienced pair of hands.
Tamsin Hooton, Director of Urgent and Emergency Care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland said: “As commissioners it is our priority to ensure that continuity of the out-of-hours and urgent care services is maintained for the populations of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and we want to reassure patients that there will be no impact on their services. The Loughborough Urgent Care Centre will be operating as usual and we ask that people with minor injuries and illness please do still attend as normal. Out of hours services across the area will also remain accessible to all those who need them.
“Derbyshire Health United are experienced healthcare providers and we have every confidence in their delivery of the service going forward. We understand that this news will have been extremely concerning for CNCS staff in the area and are committed to working with Derbyshire Health United to minimise the impact on them.”
Stephen Bateman, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Health United said, “We were pleased to be chosen to take over the services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Our first priorities are to reassure patients that they will see no impact on their services going forward and to work with staff from both the Loughborough Urgent Care Centre and the out of hours service to ensure that their transfer to our employment is as smooth as possible.”