Health leaders have today joined forces to reassure residents in Thurrock over the future of health services in the borough.
The move comes following the decision by the joint committee of the five CCGs last month to relocate services provided at Orsett Hospital to four new integrated medical centres in Purfleet, Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.
This would enable the much loved, but outdated site at Orsett to close once the new centres were up and running and services moved across.
Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG said: “There has been much speculation over the services provided at Orsett Hospital and where they will go. We are in the planning stages for where these services will go. Our first point is that all Thurrock services will be re-positioned within the Integrated Medical Centres and no services for Thurrock people will be lost. This will not happen overnight and we now want to work with people who use the service so that they can oversee the plans. There will be at least another 2-3 years to ensure the Integrated Medical Centres are built to the right specifications.
“We hope these facts, and the accompanying video will help to reassure people.”
Tom Abell, Deputy Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “This decision is good news. Local residents will soon have more modern health and care services closer to where they live. This means more investment in the services people use the most. We are also absolutely clear that services will not stop at Orsett Hospital until all the new services are up and running.”
Ms Ansell has also released a blog outlining more details. This can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Tom Abell has recorded a short video outlining what services are available currently and where they might go and the thinking behind the decision to close the hospital. This video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/4AEot1jyKYo
A quick fact sheet has also been prepared which outlines the top 10 facts about the transfer of services from Orsett Hospital and the eventual closure of the hospital. Click the link below to download: