Proposed changes to services at local community hospitals

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The NHS across mid and south Essex is committed to ensuring that local healthcare services meet the needs of our community now and in the future.

We are holding a public consultation and inviting local people to give their views on potential changes to:

  • the locations where we provide some of our inpatient services for community hospital intermediate care and stroke rehabilitation, and freestanding midwife-led birthing services; and
  • the possibility of moving all other patient services at St Peter’s Hospital, Maldon to other locations, mostly in and around Maldon.

We want to hear from as many people as possible. It is vital that you let us know of any concerns you might have and whether or not you support the proposal.

The proposals have been developed by local clinical leaders and other health experts. They have taken into consideration a number of factors to ensure we improve healthcare services in the area.

You can find out more details about the proposals in our consultation document which provides an overview of the more technical Pre-Consultation Business Case.

We have also developed a range of documents to help people understand the proposals which are available in the documents section to the right of this webpage.

At the end of the consultation period, all feedback will be collated and independently analysed. A draft report of the findings will be published so people can see what has been said during the consultation.

Complete the survey

To give your views on the proposals set out in the consultation document please complete the survey by clicking the link below.

Click here to complete our consultation survey

To request a printed copy of this survey please contact us via email mseics.getinvolved@nhs.net or call us on 01268 594350

Click here to download an easy read version of the consultation survey - suitable for those with learning difficulties

Dates of consultation

The public consultation will run from 25th January to 21st March 2024. During this time we will be holding a number of public events for people to learn more about the proposals for change, and share their views with us.

Consultation events

In person events, information stands and drop in sessions are listed under key events on this page. Please click on an event for more information.

We are asking people to register in advance for the in person round table events and the online round table events so we can ensure they are appropriately staffed in order to get the very best out of them.

This consultation webpage has the most up to date information.

Public consultation hearing event

Would you like to give your views directly to the NHS decision makers? Then apply to present evidence at our public consultation hearing taking place at Maldon Town Hall on 19th March from 14:00 pm to 19:45 pm.

The public consultation hearing is for interested individuals, interest groups, stakeholders and organisations so they can talk directly to local NHS leaders about the public consultation proposals. Evidence should be relevant to the issues highlighted in the consultation and it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • Information you think the NHS needs to consider in response to the consultation
  • Arguments against the information set out in consultation
  • Proposals for other ideas to solve the issues in the consultation
  • Proposals for additions to the consultation

People can attend the public consultation hearing to observe the evidence being presented and can also view live online via Youtube so as many people as possible can access the event. To attend in person please register on Eventbrite.

The hearing will be chaired by an independent organisation. People taking part in the hearing will be offered a 30 minute slot, with 15 minutes to present their evidence and a further 15 minutes for the panel to ask questions. The final agenda depends on the uptake of slots.

Please email your interest in providing evidence to the address below and we will be in touch. PublicConsultationHearing@wearestand.co.uk

Voluntary and community sector groups

Voluntary and community sector groups will be running events and holding focus groups for service users and carers most likely to be impacted by any proposed changes. If you are a voluntary sector or community group who would like to get involved in these activities, then please let us know using this email address: NHSConsultation@wearestand.co.uk

Contact us

Join the conversation online

You can join the conversation online by leaving us a question via the engagement tools below.

Contact us on social media

You can write/ email or call us at

  • Write to us: FAO: Community Capacity Consultation, NHS Mid and South Essex ICB, PO Box 6483, Basildon, SS14 0UG
  • Email: mseics.getinvolved@nhs.net
  • Telephone: 01268 594350

Accessibility

If you need any of the supporting documents in another language or another format such as large print, easy read or audio please call 01268 594350 or email mseics.getinvolved@nhs.net.

The NHS across mid and south Essex is committed to ensuring that local healthcare services meet the needs of our community now and in the future.

We are holding a public consultation and inviting local people to give their views on potential changes to:

  • the locations where we provide some of our inpatient services for community hospital intermediate care and stroke rehabilitation, and freestanding midwife-led birthing services; and
  • the possibility of moving all other patient services at St Peter’s Hospital, Maldon to other locations, mostly in and around Maldon.

We want to hear from as many people as possible. It is vital that you let us know of any concerns you might have and whether or not you support the proposal.

The proposals have been developed by local clinical leaders and other health experts. They have taken into consideration a number of factors to ensure we improve healthcare services in the area.

You can find out more details about the proposals in our consultation document which provides an overview of the more technical Pre-Consultation Business Case.

We have also developed a range of documents to help people understand the proposals which are available in the documents section to the right of this webpage.

At the end of the consultation period, all feedback will be collated and independently analysed. A draft report of the findings will be published so people can see what has been said during the consultation.

Complete the survey

To give your views on the proposals set out in the consultation document please complete the survey by clicking the link below.

Click here to complete our consultation survey

To request a printed copy of this survey please contact us via email mseics.getinvolved@nhs.net or call us on 01268 594350

Click here to download an easy read version of the consultation survey - suitable for those with learning difficulties

Dates of consultation

The public consultation will run from 25th January to 21st March 2024. During this time we will be holding a number of public events for people to learn more about the proposals for change, and share their views with us.

Consultation events

In person events, information stands and drop in sessions are listed under key events on this page. Please click on an event for more information.

We are asking people to register in advance for the in person round table events and the online round table events so we can ensure they are appropriately staffed in order to get the very best out of them.

This consultation webpage has the most up to date information.

Public consultation hearing event

Would you like to give your views directly to the NHS decision makers? Then apply to present evidence at our public consultation hearing taking place at Maldon Town Hall on 19th March from 14:00 pm to 19:45 pm.

The public consultation hearing is for interested individuals, interest groups, stakeholders and organisations so they can talk directly to local NHS leaders about the public consultation proposals. Evidence should be relevant to the issues highlighted in the consultation and it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • Information you think the NHS needs to consider in response to the consultation
  • Arguments against the information set out in consultation
  • Proposals for other ideas to solve the issues in the consultation
  • Proposals for additions to the consultation

People can attend the public consultation hearing to observe the evidence being presented and can also view live online via Youtube so as many people as possible can access the event. To attend in person please register on Eventbrite.

The hearing will be chaired by an independent organisation. People taking part in the hearing will be offered a 30 minute slot, with 15 minutes to present their evidence and a further 15 minutes for the panel to ask questions. The final agenda depends on the uptake of slots.

Please email your interest in providing evidence to the address below and we will be in touch. PublicConsultationHearing@wearestand.co.uk

Voluntary and community sector groups

Voluntary and community sector groups will be running events and holding focus groups for service users and carers most likely to be impacted by any proposed changes. If you are a voluntary sector or community group who would like to get involved in these activities, then please let us know using this email address: NHSConsultation@wearestand.co.uk

Contact us

Join the conversation online

You can join the conversation online by leaving us a question via the engagement tools below.

Contact us on social media

You can write/ email or call us at

  • Write to us: FAO: Community Capacity Consultation, NHS Mid and South Essex ICB, PO Box 6483, Basildon, SS14 0UG
  • Email: mseics.getinvolved@nhs.net
  • Telephone: 01268 594350

Accessibility

If you need any of the supporting documents in another language or another format such as large print, easy read or audio please call 01268 594350 or email mseics.getinvolved@nhs.net.

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    I have read through all the documents and I was very troubled by the transport analysis. It has only made reference to the length of time journeys take eg to Brentwood, Braintree, broomfield but has made no comment on frequency. For those who cannot drive, but live in the Dengie hundred area is it proposed that they would be able to do a return journey for any daytime appointments? The bus services are infrequent and it would be very difficult to access most of these hospitals using public transport without real attention to clinic times offered. It seems that this programme of change is more severely disadvantaging those that do not drive in terms of access. For those that do drive there is the considerable extra cost of fuel and parking charges. Maldon district is recognised in the levelling up agenda as a priority 1 area due to the poor infrastructure. It seems disingenuous to then remove services and make them even more inaccessible further disadvantaging the area. Is the ICB able to make joint applications for this levelling up fundor use the health allocations for s106 along with the councils to combine with the 6.2M + 0.5M to develop a community health hub to deliver ambulatory services including clinics rooms with digital access, phlebotomy, gym, kitchen for OT and create a community health facility that is not a hospital, but could function as an urgent health centre in the future? I recommend the committee who are making these decisions start their day in eg mayland, or perhaps burnham (an urban centre - as recognised by planning) and then make the journeys by public transport to Brentwood hospital, Braintree and broomfield-and then back again. This may give a more realistic understanding of the level of isolation and the absolute need for enhanced community services LOCALLY with a local hub to deliver out patient clinics/ongoing treatment/phlebotomy. Maldon is developing at pace, there should be an active parallel plan to develop a community health hub, that should be part of this consultation. I recognise eg an X-ray/radiology facility may be more expensive to provide, but between the council, nhs, and developers, it seems that the icb should be investing the monies from a potential closure to provide a New community health clinic/urgent centre. Brentwood has facilities as does Braintree, so the money should be used locally in maldon district. Rural poverty is more hidden, and the health outcomes will begin to widen. The closer people are to health services, the better the outcomes-and creating long travel times of nearly 90-120 mins each way is not safe or healthy. You must finally create an opportunity to deliver the new health hub that has been promised for decades. I could not see from the consultation document where all the clinic appointments would be held or where the phlebotomy services would be delivered. The document describes Braintree and Brentwood as local, which they are not. If a hotel can be built in a matter of months, then it can’t be impossible to build a community health hub.

    Sarak asked 18 days ago

    We recognise the importance of ensuring services are accessible and encourage you to make sure you include it on a formal survey so that it can be formally recorded.  The NHS is not responsible for public transport, however we are keen to understand associated concerns linked to these proposals (that do not relate directly to the provision of health services) so that they can be taken into consideration as part of decision making.  

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    There will be built in Heybridge a Health Facility so why can't the Outpatients services be transferred to Heybridge

    Timothy asked 15 days ago

    We are currently exploring a new general practice healthcare facility on a new development site in Heybridge. The intention is that a new facility will replace the branch surgeries for both Blackwater Medical Centre and Longfield Medical Centre and give additional space.  The proposed development at Heybridge would be too small to be able to transfer all outpatient services.

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    Is it possible to see all questions asked? And if so, how long does it take to publish a question?

    Sarak asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your query. Please allow up to five working days for a reply. Wherever possible, are committed to answering and publishing all questions on this platform. Occasionally, we will contact people directly if the answer isn't linked to this consultation or is linked to an individual in receipt of care and requires patient confidentiality

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    Have you considered the option of developing a community health hub eg using a permanent modular construction to expedite delivery? Some amazing projects being delivered around the country…the icb needs to understand that maldon district is priority 1 for levelling up due to very miited infrastructure-it is not well connected and ambulatory services must be delivered locally

    Sarak asked 18 days ago

    Thanks for your suggestion, please can you make sure you include it on a formal survey so that it can be formally recorded.

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    Can you guarantee that St Peters hospital doesn't close until you have relocated all of the current provision LOCALLY? Why can't some of the site be sold to build a new hub...it is a big site so in theory there is a lot of potential - a good compromise by raising funds and not having to purchase another property/land.

    Kay asked 21 days ago

    The public consultation is an opportunity to gather feedback and insight that will help to inform the decision making.  

     

    We are committed to working with service users and local people to develop our plans and make sure key services remain local. 

     

    We have started to assess some of the buildings we think might be suitable as alternative accommodation and will continue that work to make sure we fully understand all the options. 

     

    For those reasons, we would like to hear your views on what we should consider in how we provide these services. 

     

    Please make sure you share your ideas by completing a survey Public consultation survey - Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board (smartsurvey.co.uk)  or attending one of our engagement events we want to have as much information as possible and make sure we have explored all the possibilities. 

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    What are the proposed plans for the growing number of people in Maldon and the medical services available. Taking the hospital away seems to be minimising the medical services in the area when we require to increase the services as the number of people living in Maldon has doubled. It is impossible to get an appointment to see a gp and will only grow more impossible with more houses still planned to go up.

    VickiA asked 24 days ago

    Thanks you for your question.  First and foremost, we are committed to working with local people to develop our plans and make sure that key services remain local. 

    We need to think about how we can best serve our growing population now, and in the future.  

    The public consultation is an opportunity to gather feedback and insight that will help to inform the decision making. Please make sure you share your views by completing a survey or by attending on our consultation events.  More information about how we are increasing access to primary care services like GP practice teams can be found in this FAQ.

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    Can you add a Saturday for the consultation as I work in the week

    Tina.m asked 27 days ago

    Thank you for your question and feedback, Tina. Currently, we do not have any weekend consultation events scheduled. However, we have an upcoming online session on 28 February starting at 6 pm. You can register for the event here.

    Please continue to monitor our Virtual Views page for any additional events we may add. You can participate in the formal consultation survey by clicking here.

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    I think its a bit disingenuous to start public consultations when you are half way through the process of closing the hospital. The ward nurses have been moved to other hospitals. The permanent support staff, porters and cleaners have been made redundant. The empty areas are not being maintained or cleaned and sinks and basins have been stripped out already. What would it take to stop the closure? Is there sufficient security provided for the building to stop undesirables entering out of hours causing damage that could inadvertentlylead to even sooner closure of the hospital?

    Travis asked 27 days ago

    The decision to close St Peter’s has not been formally made.  The NHS has a formal duty to make sure it offers safe, sustainable care and achieving best value for taxpayer.

    St Peter’s in Maldon has served the community well for over 150 years.  It is an iconic building that we know is well loved.

    The building itself was not designed to be a hospital and started life as a Victorian Poor Law Workhouse in the 1870s. The building is over 150 years old - 75 years older than the NHS itself. Lots more work is needed and even with continued investment it has not been possible to bring it up to the modern standards we need for the future.

    Our doctors, nurses, therapists, and other staff want to make sure that they can provide the best possible care.

    October 2023 saw inpatient services move from St Peter’s to Brentwood Community Hospital as part of winter preparations, to make the best use of healthcare facilities and resources during winter.  Clinicians concluded St Peter’s was no longer the best place to deliver the best inpatient care.  Prior to this, services have been interrupted due to flooding and broken lifts.

    It’s not a good environment for modern health services and it would need a lot of building work to bring it up to acceptable standards. That work will cost a lot of money and there’s no money available to do it. This means we need to look at alternative locations for people to receive the best quality health care. We are committed to working with local people to develop our plans and make sure key services remain local.

    During the consultation period, there will be lots of opportunities for people to share their thoughts about the proposals, and to contribute their views. We urge people to complete the formal consultation survey and have their say. 

    The goal is to create community services that the entire region can take pride in, exceeding the minimum expectations and improving the overall quality of care.

    More information is available in the FAQ documents, which you can download on this consultation webpage. 

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    What will happen to the blood testing and x ray departments. We both need regular blood tests so where will we have to travel to to get these done? It's not too bad as we have a car at the moment but public transport is not good in Maldon !

    Patricia asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Patricia. Thanks for the question.

    We are committed to working with service users and local people to develop our plans and make sure key services remain local.

    We have started to assess some of the buildings we think might be suitable as alternative accommodation and will continue that work to make sure we fully understand all the options.

    For those reasons, we would like to hear your views on what we should consider in how we provide these services.

    Please ensure you complete the consultation survey to ensure your views are heard. 

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    Two things, what has my ethnicity and earning power have to do with getting access to ask a question and secondly the link to the Maldon consultation leads to to every event except the one on 19 March?

    N2C asked 24 days ago

    Collecting data monitoring information helps us track if we are hearing from a wide range of our communities and from people we know who use the services. In addition, we are also legally required to ask for equality information when conducting public involvement under the public sector equality duty under the 2010 Equality Act.

    All respondents have the option of whether they want to provide this information or not. We monitor high level information - it tells us if we need to do more with groups of people to make sure no key groups are missed and that their feedback is included in a final engagement report.

    The link to register for our consultation public hearing went live today. You can access it here.

    For those who cannot make the hearing in person, you will also be able to follow proceedings live on YouTube. If you would like to be notified when proceedings start, follow this link, subscribe to our channel and click the "Notify me" bell.

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