Eccleshill Medical Centre to re-open after controversial closure

SAVED: Eccleshill Treatment Centre in Harrogate Road

SAVED: Eccleshill Treatment Centre in Harrogate Road

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

ECCLESHILL Treatment Centre in Bradford which closed amid controversy earlier this summer when a health care provider's contract ended will re-open next month.

The development has brought praise for the Clinical Commissioning Group which has organised the re-opening of the centre and arranged for maintenance work to be done while it has been closed.

When it was announced Care UK was pulling out of the centre following the end of its contract in July, schoolboy James Slater who lives nearby went as far as organising a petition against the closure which attracted more than 1,000 signatures within days.

But the NHS Bradford Districts CCG has found new providers which will offer endoscopy, MRI, CT and ultrasound services at the centre which will be available via GPs, using the 'choose and book' system of appointments.

Some of the services which were previously provided at the centre are now available on a mobile basis, to go directly into communities, and others will be re-instated at Eccleshill when providers can be found.

Bradford East MP David Ward has been monitoring the situation since it was announced the Care UK contract would not be renewed and said: "It was never going to be the same provider with exactly the same services.

"They have looked at better ways of doing some things. This has given the freedom to ask whether things could be done slightly differently and better. Some mobile services will take it into people's communities.

"There should be congratulations for the CCG for the hard work that has gone on against a backdrop of criticism."

Jane Hazelgrave, chief finance officer at Bradford Districts CCG, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to announce a wide range of providers of diagnostics services, which will result in increased choice and improved access for local patients.

“Endoscopy, ultrasound and MRI services will be based at Eccleshill with other providers offering MRI, CT and ultrasound in community and hospital settings.

"NHS Property Services, which own the building, are also in discussion with some providers about rental space at Eccleshill.

“It was never our intention to close Eccleshill and we have made that clear throughout the re-procurement process.

"There is always a period of transition as providers change – but we have worked hard to keep any inconvenience to patients to a minimum, by offering them a choice of alternative providers to make sure they continue to receive high quality care.”

It is unknown at this stage exactly which services will eventually be available at the centre, with the rest of the building now being marketed.

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6:13pm Wed 20 Aug 14

savingbradford says...

Great that a 15 year old local lad who had to save it hasn't been interviewed on this. Would like to know what he thinks of this.

After all that time he tried to save it and he has been forgotten now. That centre wouldn't be in the same position without him.

David Ward MP has done very little on the issue and for him now to claim credit for the whole thing is absolutely bloody ridiculous.
Great that a 15 year old local lad who had to save it hasn't been interviewed on this. Would like to know what he thinks of this. After all that time he tried to save it and he has been forgotten now. That centre wouldn't be in the same position without him. David Ward MP has done very little on the issue and for him now to claim credit for the whole thing is absolutely bloody ridiculous. savingbradford
  • Score: 19

6:25pm Wed 20 Aug 14

carolyne74 says...

Will you please stop using phrases like "pulled out" when referring to Care UK! They didn't "pull out" - they were not given the contract so had to leave! Once again a report which makes the closure sound like Care UK's fault, which it wasn't.

Note also that the Centre won't be providing the same range of services as it did previously, so for the CCG to be making it sound like a wonderful improvement is misleading. There's no mention of x-ray provision, for example. Will there by x-ray provision there? If not, what happens when someone turns up for an MRI then says they're an engineer and might have had some metal go into their eyes (one of the standard questions for MRI patients). Do they have to go elsewhere to have a pre-MRI check?

There's also no mention of the outpatient services which were previously offered. David Ward makes himself sound like an idiot by fawning over the CCG about their brilliant work, when in fact it sounds like Eccleshill Treatment Centre is only going to be offering half the services it used to. Quite how that equates to improved services and choice for local patients is beyond me.
Will you please stop using phrases like "pulled out" when referring to Care UK! They didn't "pull out" - they were not given the contract so had to leave! Once again a report which makes the closure sound like Care UK's fault, which it wasn't. Note also that the Centre won't be providing the same range of services as it did previously, so for the CCG to be making it sound like a wonderful improvement is misleading. There's no mention of x-ray provision, for example. Will there by x-ray provision there? If not, what happens when someone turns up for an MRI then says they're an engineer and might have had some metal go into their eyes (one of the standard questions for MRI patients). Do they have to go elsewhere to have a pre-MRI check? There's also no mention of the outpatient services which were previously offered. David Ward makes himself sound like an idiot by fawning over the CCG about their brilliant work, when in fact it sounds like Eccleshill Treatment Centre is only going to be offering half the services it used to. Quite how that equates to improved services and choice for local patients is beyond me. carolyne74
  • Score: 18

6:50pm Wed 20 Aug 14

happygirl87 says...

Would line to hear Care UKs comment on this article and also James Slaters. The sad fact is that the building will not be used to its full potential as it was before. Even after all this supposedly good work from the CCG in offering AQPs 4 fantastically designed, modern and clean operating theatres with a vast amount of equipment and instruments will be sat collecting dust!!!! What a complete waste and a shame when other hospitals and centres are needing equipment. All in all a complete fail from the CCGs
Would line to hear Care UKs comment on this article and also James Slaters. The sad fact is that the building will not be used to its full potential as it was before. Even after all this supposedly good work from the CCG in offering AQPs 4 fantastically designed, modern and clean operating theatres with a vast amount of equipment and instruments will be sat collecting dust!!!! What a complete waste and a shame when other hospitals and centres are needing equipment. All in all a complete fail from the CCGs happygirl87
  • Score: 10

7:03pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

happygirl87 wrote:
Would line to hear Care UKs comment on this article and also James Slaters. The sad fact is that the building will not be used to its full potential as it was before. Even after all this supposedly good work from the CCG in offering AQPs 4 fantastically designed, modern and clean operating theatres with a vast amount of equipment and instruments will be sat collecting dust!!!! What a complete waste and a shame when other hospitals and centres are needing equipment. All in all a complete fail from the CCGs
Is the equipment still there?
If so is it usable or out of date?
[quote][p][bold]happygirl87[/bold] wrote: Would line to hear Care UKs comment on this article and also James Slaters. The sad fact is that the building will not be used to its full potential as it was before. Even after all this supposedly good work from the CCG in offering AQPs 4 fantastically designed, modern and clean operating theatres with a vast amount of equipment and instruments will be sat collecting dust!!!! What a complete waste and a shame when other hospitals and centres are needing equipment. All in all a complete fail from the CCGs[/p][/quote]Is the equipment still there? If so is it usable or out of date? Joedavid
  • Score: 2

8:27pm Wed 20 Aug 14

savingbradford says...

Joedavid wrote:
happygirl87 wrote:
Would line to hear Care UKs comment on this article and also James Slaters. The sad fact is that the building will not be used to its full potential as it was before. Even after all this supposedly good work from the CCG in offering AQPs 4 fantastically designed, modern and clean operating theatres with a vast amount of equipment and instruments will be sat collecting dust!!!! What a complete waste and a shame when other hospitals and centres are needing equipment. All in all a complete fail from the CCGs
Is the equipment still there?
If so is it usable or out of date?
The equipment was removed as Care UK owned it.
It was all out of date.
The reason that this whole thing happened was when the bidding process opened, care UK bid but they had to factor in replacing old scanners. When the local health board (or CCG) didn't like it, they didn't award a contract.
I supported the campaign all the way, and especially James Slater - he was 15 - and did literally EVERYTHING he could to try and save that building and keep it as he was. The staff at the centre saw him as an idol as he fought for their jobs and the community saw him as someone who actually was caring for them and now the T&A seem to have forgotten all about him.
I met him and know he isn't after the publicity and that is genuinely apparent but surely he deserves some... the centre would definitely not be in the position it is now otherwise.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happygirl87[/bold] wrote: Would line to hear Care UKs comment on this article and also James Slaters. The sad fact is that the building will not be used to its full potential as it was before. Even after all this supposedly good work from the CCG in offering AQPs 4 fantastically designed, modern and clean operating theatres with a vast amount of equipment and instruments will be sat collecting dust!!!! What a complete waste and a shame when other hospitals and centres are needing equipment. All in all a complete fail from the CCGs[/p][/quote]Is the equipment still there? If so is it usable or out of date?[/p][/quote]The equipment was removed as Care UK owned it. It was all out of date. The reason that this whole thing happened was when the bidding process opened, care UK bid but they had to factor in replacing old scanners. When the local health board (or CCG) didn't like it, they didn't award a contract. I supported the campaign all the way, and especially James Slater - he was 15 - and did literally EVERYTHING he could to try and save that building and keep it as he was. The staff at the centre saw him as an idol as he fought for their jobs and the community saw him as someone who actually was caring for them and now the T&A seem to have forgotten all about him. I met him and know he isn't after the publicity and that is genuinely apparent but surely he deserves some... the centre would definitely not be in the position it is now otherwise. savingbradford
  • Score: 10

7:05am Thu 21 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Good news.
Good news. Albion.
  • Score: 3

7:07am Thu 21 Aug 14

happygirl87 says...

The large equipment was not up-to date ie MRI and CT scanners and so have been removed. But the theatre equipment ie trays and instruments are just sat there gathering dust with no one inline to use them. As for a mobile unit undertaking diagnostic scans, is this a unit set up in the car park?? If so the car parking spaces are limited at eccleshill, it was a struggle to park when the centre was open, so taking up more parking will put pressure on patients and the other services nearby. Somebody really hasn't thought this process thru thoroughly and needs there head shaking!!!!
The large equipment was not up-to date ie MRI and CT scanners and so have been removed. But the theatre equipment ie trays and instruments are just sat there gathering dust with no one inline to use them. As for a mobile unit undertaking diagnostic scans, is this a unit set up in the car park?? If so the car parking spaces are limited at eccleshill, it was a struggle to park when the centre was open, so taking up more parking will put pressure on patients and the other services nearby. Somebody really hasn't thought this process thru thoroughly and needs there head shaking!!!! happygirl87
  • Score: 0

7:25am Thu 21 Aug 14

Joedavid says...

happygirl87 wrote:
The large equipment was not up-to date ie MRI and CT scanners and so have been removed. But the theatre equipment ie trays and instruments are just sat there gathering dust with no one inline to use them. As for a mobile unit undertaking diagnostic scans, is this a unit set up in the car park?? If so the car parking spaces are limited at eccleshill, it was a struggle to park when the centre was open, so taking up more parking will put pressure on patients and the other services nearby. Somebody really hasn't thought this process thru thoroughly and needs there head shaking!!!!
I feel there is scope to increase parking area.
It is good the place is to used again for at least some of the services which I hope in time will be extended.
Many local people just do not like visits to the BRI, and by the way it is harder to park there.
Yes it is good news, well done to the young man who achieved this.
[quote][p][bold]happygirl87[/bold] wrote: The large equipment was not up-to date ie MRI and CT scanners and so have been removed. But the theatre equipment ie trays and instruments are just sat there gathering dust with no one inline to use them. As for a mobile unit undertaking diagnostic scans, is this a unit set up in the car park?? If so the car parking spaces are limited at eccleshill, it was a struggle to park when the centre was open, so taking up more parking will put pressure on patients and the other services nearby. Somebody really hasn't thought this process thru thoroughly and needs there head shaking!!!![/p][/quote]I feel there is scope to increase parking area. It is good the place is to used again for at least some of the services which I hope in time will be extended. Many local people just do not like visits to the BRI, and by the way it is harder to park there. Yes it is good news, well done to the young man who achieved this. Joedavid
  • Score: 4

1:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Tinybantam says...

It really makes me angry to see that David Ward is claiming the credit for this when we all know that it was really James Slater, who put his heart and soul in to saving the centre. Why is it that the T & A haven't spoken to James? Is it just down to mere jealousy, that a 15 year old boy, who the T & A obviously look at as a competitor, and who has achieved far more than than they have done on this issue, or is it just brown nosing David Ward, or is it both? I think it is both, in this instance. I wish James well for the future, because with his spirit and hard-working ethics, I am sure that he will achieve his dreams in the future. I think that the T & A need to look to their laurels.
It really makes me angry to see that David Ward is claiming the credit for this when we all know that it was really James Slater, who put his heart and soul in to saving the centre. Why is it that the T & A haven't spoken to James? Is it just down to mere jealousy, that a 15 year old boy, who the T & A obviously look at as a competitor, and who has achieved far more than than they have done on this issue, or is it just brown nosing David Ward, or is it both? I think it is both, in this instance. I wish James well for the future, because with his spirit and hard-working ethics, I am sure that he will achieve his dreams in the future. I think that the T & A need to look to their laurels. Tinybantam
  • Score: 2

2:40pm Thu 21 Aug 14

savingbradford says...

Albion. wrote:
Good news.
It's OK news... still not to be used to full capacity though. Was no need to do what they did - resulting in 80 job losses and two months of closure.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Good news.[/p][/quote]It's OK news... still not to be used to full capacity though. Was no need to do what they did - resulting in 80 job losses and two months of closure. savingbradford
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Thu 21 Aug 14

savingbradford says...

Tinybantam wrote:
It really makes me angry to see that David Ward is claiming the credit for this when we all know that it was really James Slater, who put his heart and soul in to saving the centre. Why is it that the T & A haven't spoken to James? Is it just down to mere jealousy, that a 15 year old boy, who the T & A obviously look at as a competitor, and who has achieved far more than than they have done on this issue, or is it just brown nosing David Ward, or is it both? I think it is both, in this instance. I wish James well for the future, because with his spirit and hard-working ethics, I am sure that he will achieve his dreams in the future. I think that the T & A need to look to their laurels.
The right people know this. Sad the others don't.
Think the T&A should apologise in my view.
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: It really makes me angry to see that David Ward is claiming the credit for this when we all know that it was really James Slater, who put his heart and soul in to saving the centre. Why is it that the T & A haven't spoken to James? Is it just down to mere jealousy, that a 15 year old boy, who the T & A obviously look at as a competitor, and who has achieved far more than than they have done on this issue, or is it just brown nosing David Ward, or is it both? I think it is both, in this instance. I wish James well for the future, because with his spirit and hard-working ethics, I am sure that he will achieve his dreams in the future. I think that the T & A need to look to their laurels.[/p][/quote]The right people know this. Sad the others don't. Think the T&A should apologise in my view. savingbradford
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Thu 21 Aug 14

savingbradford says...

Tinybantam wrote:
It really makes me angry to see that David Ward is claiming the credit for this when we all know that it was really James Slater, who put his heart and soul in to saving the centre. Why is it that the T & A haven't spoken to James? Is it just down to mere jealousy, that a 15 year old boy, who the T & A obviously look at as a competitor, and who has achieved far more than than they have done on this issue, or is it just brown nosing David Ward, or is it both? I think it is both, in this instance. I wish James well for the future, because with his spirit and hard-working ethics, I am sure that he will achieve his dreams in the future. I think that the T & A need to look to their laurels.
The right people know this. Sad the others don't.
Think the T&A should apologise in my view.
[quote][p][bold]Tinybantam[/bold] wrote: It really makes me angry to see that David Ward is claiming the credit for this when we all know that it was really James Slater, who put his heart and soul in to saving the centre. Why is it that the T & A haven't spoken to James? Is it just down to mere jealousy, that a 15 year old boy, who the T & A obviously look at as a competitor, and who has achieved far more than than they have done on this issue, or is it just brown nosing David Ward, or is it both? I think it is both, in this instance. I wish James well for the future, because with his spirit and hard-working ethics, I am sure that he will achieve his dreams in the future. I think that the T & A need to look to their laurels.[/p][/quote]The right people know this. Sad the others don't. Think the T&A should apologise in my view. savingbradford
  • Score: 0

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