Newark and Sherwood Hospital Services
We are seeking views from the public about contingency proposals to make sure critical hospital services can continue to be provided at Sherwood Forest Hospitals sites in any event.
The process, known as Commissioner Requested Services, is a requirement of all clinical commissioning groups by Monitor; the health sector regulator for England. The exercise aims to protect the acute hospital services pinpointed by commissioners to always be delivered in the locality. These services become part of any licensing agreements with the regulator. This means that they will always be protected in the event that a provider of hospital services is no longer able to continue for financial or quality reasons.
The CCG, alongside Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, has put together proposals about services that should always be provided in the locality. The proposals also list services that commissioners currently think could potentially be provided in the community or at another hospital in the event of a the current hospital provider is no longer able to continue to deliver the services themselves.
Please be reassured that this is an exercise in contingency planning and does not indicate that local health services are going to be changed. We can understand that any discussions about contingency planning for hospital failures can be worrying because this is a new process for the NHS. However, we have an obligation to make sure that vital acute NHS services are protected. In light of current concerns about the stability of our main hospital provider, we are simply carrying out duties to plan for any eventuality. We are asking a series of questions about our proposals and we encourage people to let us know their views.
This leaflet outlines a list of the hospital services the CCG proposes should always be provided from their existing locations, such as the range of emergency services, maternity and neonatal services and services at Newark Hospital.