Plans for out of hours health services in Whitby

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A shortlist of three bidders has been announced today which will take forward plans to provide community and out of hours health services in Whitby and the surrounding area.

The NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (HRW CCG) has exclusively revealed to the Gazette today (Friday) that they are Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Doctors Urgent Care and Virgin Care Services.

Following an extensive period of market engagement, a formal procurement process was launched in August this year where all interested providers were invited to join the pre-qualification phase with the intention of identifying a shortlist of qualified potential bidders.

Providers were rigorously assessed on their likely ability to meet the needs of the local community in Whitby and the surrounding area and as a result, the three organisations have been invited to proceed to the next stage.

They will now go through challenging evaluations and assessments in the coming months before a preferred bidder is identified. The CCG anticipate that the successful provider will be in place and delivering services from 1 July 2015.

In addition to the much needed out of hours provision, the CCG is looking at the re-development of the Whitby Hospital building. The new out of hours provider will be expected to contribute to this project.

Dr Vicky Pleydell, Clinical Chief Officer at HRW CCG, said: “This is the start of an in-depth, robust and legally compliant process to ensure that the organisation who is awarded the contract can really deliver against the very high quality targets we have set.

“Over the past couple of years we’ve spoken with many people in Whitby and the surrounding area to understand their views about local healthcare. These opinions have been built into our Vision for what we would like to be provided.

“We are now looking forward to working with the shortlisted bidders to understand more fully how they would deliver those services within the budget we have set and, more importantly, how the local community will benefit from enhanced services and how patients will receive high quality care.”