Around 50 members of the public turned out to hear health chiefs outline their ambitions for proposed changes to urgent healthcare at a public meeting.
Local GP Dr Clive Diggory joined other members of Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at Ryedale House, Malton, on Wednesday last week to talk about the plans which could see existing urgent care services replaced with two integrated urgent care centres, one of which will be in Ryedale and the other in Scarborough.
The current urgent care service consists of the Minor Injuries Unit at Malton Hospital, GP Out of Hours, and the walk-in service at Castle Health Centre, Scarborough.
The CCG envisages that the urgent care centre in Ryedale – which is yet to have a confirmed location – will offer a smaller range of services than in Scarborough. Both locations will be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, however.
It hopes that by offering an around-the-clock service for patients, it would ease the pressure on the Accident and Emergency departments at York and Scarborough Hospitals.
Ryedale Cllr Lindsay Burr said: “Obviously, what we want to do is secure the long term effectiveness of Malton Hospital and we want everything to be improved. We welcome a 24/7 service but we don’t want that to the detriment of any closures.”
The consultation continues until March 30.