Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT) is to provide planned day case surgery at Cirencester Hospital from 1 January 2016.

The current nationally determined Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) Contract (NHS Treatment Centre) which enables planned day case services to be provided by Care UK at Cirencester comes to an end on 31 October 2015.

Under the new arrangements announced this week, GHNHSFT has confirmed its intention to provide day case surgery and outpatient appointments from Cirencester Hospital, which is run by Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust as one of its seven community hospitals.  This forms part of wider plans from the local NHS to develop services in Cirencester.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with the Trust to finalise the range of services to be provided before contract sign off. Work will also get underway to develop the current facilities at Cirencester Hospital to support the new contract as well as a programme of staff training led by the Trust.

As well as the services that will be provided by GHNHSFT at Cirencester Hospital, Care UK is planning to continue to provide some outpatient services.

Accountable Officer at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Mary Hutton, said:

“We are pleased to confirm that Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been selected as a preferred provider for day case surgery. Their consultants and staff will bring a huge amount of expertise and local knowledge and we are confident that local patients will experience high quality care in a modern, comfortable environment.”

Dr Alan Gwynn, GP in Cirencester, said:

“We very much welcome this news and it’s encouraging that services will be provided by known local specialists and fully joined up with other NHS services for the benefit of our patients.

We are all working hard in the locality to ensure a vibrant, vital and sustainable future for Cirencester Hospital at the heart of our community. This is just one of a number of positive developments at the Hospital and we look forward to announcing other innovative and exciting projects in the near future.”

Vinay Takwale, Chief of Service for Surgery at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We are committed to working with colleagues across the health community to enhance the range of services than can safely be delivered in a community setting. We already operate at a number of locations around the county and this contract will allow us to extend the choices available to our patients, and contribute to a vibrant future for Cirencester Hospital.”

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said:

“We fully embrace collaborative working with our partner organisations, and it’s key that innovative solutions are being developed to meet local people’s needs. Our focus as a community NHS provider is about bringing care closer to people’s homes, preventing the need to travel any further than necessary to receive the necessary care.

Cirencester Hospital is at the heart of the South Cotswolds community and we are delighted to see the addition of GHNHSFT led day surgery to our existing hospital services, which include inpatient and outpatient services, a Minor Injuries Unit, x-ray and ultrasound services, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.”