Bristol Community Health is a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering NHS community healthcare services. It has just announced changes to three local health services.
Healthcare in five South West prisons, Bristol children’s services, and diabetic eye screening in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will no longer be run by Bristol Community Health, and will be transferred from the social enterprise to new providers.
The services had been contracted to Bristol Community Health either by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) or NHS England.
These NHS services currently operate as:
Children’s Community Healthcare services
Diabetic Eye Screening Programme
Jo Makinson, CEO of Bristol Community Health, said:
“Patients and other stakeholders should see no material change to the services they receive. We have not yet agreed the exact timescales for the transfers of contracts and staff, but are absolutely committed to continue to deliver safe and quality services together with patients, service-users and our valued partners as long as we continue to hold these contracts.”
Bristol Community Health announced the decision was made whilst following its Making Bristol Better strategy, consulting commissioners, and considering the best interests of patients and communities.
The transfer of these services comes as a new 10-year adult community health services contract with BNSSG CCG – to start in April 2020 - was recently awarded to Sirona care and health CIC.
Click here to read the statement in full from Bristol Community Health.