South Tyneside Urgent and Emergency Care Equity Audit
South Tyneside Urgent and Emergency Care Equity Audit Jack Lewis, Senior Public Health Intelligence Analyst Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health Purpose of Audit Follows the response to the relocation of the Jarrow Walk in Centre services to an integrated GP/urgent care hub based at the Emergency Department at South Tyneside Hospital. The Health and Wellbeing Board endorsed a
recommendation in June 2015 that a full equity audit of access to the new Urgent Care Hub be conducted by Healthwatch South Tyneside. Authors Members of original Assurance Group, including Healthwatch Additional members from North East Commissioning Support South Tyneside CCG
South Tyneside Council Public Health Question After the relocation of the Jarrow Walk-in Centre to the new Urgent Care Centre, can the South Tyneside population equitably access urgent and emergency care services now in place? Unable to look at any one service in isolation. Unable to distinguish between urgent and emergency care demand.
Limited data showing system after the relocation focused on access to the system as a whole over 14/1515/16. Summary On the whole, and using information available, there appears to be equity of access to urgent and emergency care services for the residents of South Tyneside. Provision is comprehensive, accessible and timely for the varying needs apparent across the borough. Given South Tynesides geographical position in the region,
there is comprehensive access to services provided in neighboring boroughs and cities, as well as services provided locally in communities, centres of expertise, and peoples homes. These are available both in and out of hours and they are provided relative to need and urgency. Definitions Urgent needs: illnesses that are not life threatening and
injuries that are not serious. Emergency needs: that require timecritical care i.e. care that if not provided within a specified timeframe could lead to a loss of life or a permanent disability.
Equity Need is balanced with supply across all population groups Age, gender, deprivation, ethnicity, geography Need and Access True need is difficult to measure Requires a proxy: demand (expressed need) Access: receiving care according to some standard for timeliness
60 second answer time for 111 8 minute wait for ambulance 4-hour standard for A&E GP patient survey responses The Urgent and Emergency Care System
NHS 999 NHS 111 Equity Analysis Ambulance
Patient feedback Urgent Care Hub & A&E Activity Data GP OOH, GP In-Hours Dental OOH, Dental In-Hours Pharmacies/Think Pharmacy First Mental Health Initial Response Service Self Care and A Better U NHS 999/111
93% UK adults own a mobile phone 66,000 contacts a year 60 second response time standard for 111 NEAS achieves 95.1%
Different way of measuring locally that shows some variation Calls not prioritised within service Requires further investigation Variation in South Tyneside: 111 Variation in South Tyneside: 111 Ambulance Calls
Significant national variation Good response times locally 8 minute response for Red1 Calls Slowest postcode: SR6, median 6 minutes 2 seconds Whitburn and Marsden Cleadon and East Boldon 79% of calls <8 minutes Quickest postcode: NE32, median 4 minutes 45 seconds
Jarrow Fellgate 97% if calls <8 minutes Some variation for Red, none for Green or Urgent No association with deprivation Geographical variation for Red1 and Red2 calls Distance from hospital largest factor Slower responses around borders of the borough.
Average response in all wards less than 8 minutes A&E Weve already established system equity of access through phone support and ambulance response. 79,000 attendances 2015/16 80% to STFT Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle other 20% 4th highest rate in NE
4-hour standard Equity across deprivation, gender, ethnicity, home address Variation observed across age groups Age and the 4-hour standard 99.5% 0-4 year olds meet
target vs. 83% of 85+ year olds Likely a combination of factors, but deservers further review: Higher admission rates 85+ Complexity of care Delayed transfers of care Paediatric department at
STFT GP in hours and Out of Hours No individual level data More satisfied locally than nationally No correlation between practice survey scores and practice deprivation level Scores are decreasing locally as they are nationally More likely than the average patient in England to be very or fairly satisfied with:
the contact they have with their GP surgery by telephone how much the GP involves them in decisions about their care the opening hours of their GP surgery their GP surgery overall. Able to get an appointment Out of Hours Additional Services
Dental Urgent Care Good access. No link to deprivation. Females and young adults access more than males and older adults Pharmacies and Think Pharmacy First (TPF) PNA tells us there is adequate access TPF showing good activity that is on the rise Mental Health Initial Response Single point of access that operates 24/7
Self Care NHS Choices receives 2 million visits daily Several specific programmes targeting self-care, including A Better U Conclusions 111 and 999 call services that are available to anyone who can access a telephone, An ambulance service that responds (particularly quickly in South Tyneside) according to need and will convey
people to and from care settings, and Good primary care coverage and accessibility, particularly for GPs and Pharmacy, Conclusions Continued Emergency and Urgent Care services available in South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle, An underlying health and care system that supports urgent needs through: promoting self-care,
pharmacy services, health and social care integration to support people in their own homes, urgent dental services, and a mental health initial response service. Further Analysis Required Ambulance Red response times at the coastal wards of South Tyneside and in Hebburn North, The age inequality in the 4 hour wait standard for Accident
and Emergency, and The variation in 60 second responses to NHS 111 across groups of people within South Tyneside.
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