Bridlington Hospital units to be run by social enterprise

Bridlington Hospital.
Bridlington Hospital.

A HULL based social enterprise has been chosen as the preferred bidder to run the Minor Injuries and GP Units at Bridlington Hospital.

The City Health Care Partnership (CHCP CIC) - an independent not-for-profit social enterprise currently providing NHS Services to 500,000 local people - won the bid to run the service ahead of a number of other bidders including the Scarborough NHS trust, which runs Bridlington Hospital and last week merged with the York Foundation trust.

A spokesperson for the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust said: “Following a competitive tendering process the NHS Humber Cluster Board has approved CHCP Hull as the preferred provider for the new integrated GP surgery and minor injuries service at Bridlington Hospital.

“The service will continue to be delivered from the Bridlington hospital site, utilising the same hospital support services.

“The decision is subject to a formal contract standstill period and, following this, the contract details will be finalised with the successful provider.

“This will allow a three month period to set up the new integrated service to commence from October 1 2012.”

The spokesperson went on to say that the new service “will be responsive to individual patients’ needs” ensuring a single point of access and providing face to face clinical assessment and treatment services for registered, and unregistered patients requiring access to the GP practice or the walk in minor injury and minor ailment services.

Concerns had been raised by patients representatives about the impact of a non NHS bidder winning the tender for the services - with fears that profits would be prioritised over patient care.

Pensioners’ rights campaigner Jean Wormwell, of PAGER, said: “I get a bit worried when parts of our healthcare service are taken away from the NHS, but the City Healthcare Partnership are a not-for-profit enterprise so I would say at the moment - we’ll wait and see.

“I believe they are going to keep on the staff when they take over the service which is a positive.”

The Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, who currently run the Minor Injuries Unit at Bridlington - with the GP Access unit ran by the Wolds View Surgery (WVS) - also made a bid to run the new service from October.

Mike Proctor, who was Chief Executive at the Scarborough trust before last week’s merger with York, said: “We were disappointed to find out that we had not been selected as the preferred supplier for the new integrated GP surgery and minor injuries service at Bridlington Hospital.

“We are keen to seek feedback from the NHS Humber Cluster Board as to why our tender was not selected on this occasion.”

Joan Fletcher, chair of patient representative group the East Riding of Yorkshire Local Involvement Network (ERYLInk), said: “We have participated in the consultation regarding the merger of the Wold’s View Unit and the MIU at Bridlington Hospital.

“We understand that the tender and interview process was very comprehensive and that CHCP narrowly beat a number of other strong candidates to win the contract.

“As CHCP CIC is an independent not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS Services to 500,000 local people, 325,000 of whom are based in the East Riding, it would appear to be an excellent choice.

“Additionally, its good reputation as a provider of two MIUs, five GP Practices, seven Dental Practices and an Out of Hours Service means that it should be well suited to provide an excellent facility for the residents of Bridlington and district. ERYLINk look forward to working with CHCP CIC and monitoring the services offered.”

City Healthcare Partnership is employee owned, and allows all permanent staff to purchase a £1 share in the organisation.