NHS Cambridgeshire hires new out of hours service provider for Fenland

OUT of hours services across Fenland will be provided by Urgent Care Cambridgeshire as of tomorrow until a permanent provider is found next year. Urgent Care Cambridgeshire, formerly known as CAMDOC, is a non-profit GP-led organisation that has been provi

OUT of hours services across Fenland will be provided by Urgent Care Cambridgeshire as of tomorrow until a permanent provider is found next year.

Urgent Care Cambridgeshire, formerly known as CAMDOC, is a non-profit GP-led organisation that has been providing out of hours care in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire for 16 years.

It will also cover Fenland, East Cambridgeshire and Upwell from tomorrow until April 8 next year.

The change comes after NHS Cambridgeshire terminated its contract with Take Care Now, following a performance review since the death of Manea man David Gray in February 2008.

Matthew Smith, Assistant Director of Out of Hospital Care at NHS Cambridgeshire said: "We are very pleased to have appointed Urgent Care Cambridgeshire to cover out of hours services for people in East Cambridgeshire and Fenland, Upwell and Linton. The contract will initially run up to April 2010.

"CAMDOC, as Urgent Care Cambridgeshire was previously known, has provided out of hours services to people in Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire for many years - and we are therefore confident that they will be able to deliver a good standard of care to people living in the parts of the county that were previously provided by Take Care Now."

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Andrew Pearcey, Chief Operating Officer at Urgent Care Cambridgeshire said: "We will continue to deliver the same high level of service for out of hours care to people living in other parts of the county."

Public consultations are ongoing about the out of hours services, with a series of public meetings held across the county. It finishes on December 21.

A meeting takes place at Manea Village Hall on December 8, from 6.30-8pm, as part of the consultation.