Health leaders in visits to help ease pressure on urgent care facilities

Health leaders in Leeds met with staff and patients across the city this week as part of a new drive to ease the pressure on Leeds’ urgent care facilities.

Members of Leeds’ Health and Wellbeing Board visited eight sites including St James’s Hospital A and E and Harehills Children’s Centre.

The visits came ahead of the board’s meeting next month, when members will look at ways that health and social care services can work more closely together and improve local people’s access to urgent care.

Cllr Lisa Mulherin, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “These visits were an opportunity for us all to speak to patients and staff, see the issues and problems from the front line and potential solutions within A and E and other urgent care facilities.”

Figures have shown that patients needing urgent or unplanned care account for at least 100 million NHS calls or visits every year.

Those calls represent around a third of overall NHS activity and more than half of the costs.

Leaders in Leeds hope better use of preventative services locally, such as intermediate care facilities, early social care assessment, and minor injuries units can take the strain off A and E departments.

Monday’s visits saw board members look round the sites in groups of three or four, before meeting in the city centre for a debrief session.

Members discussed what they had learned from the visits, and will now take their finding’s forward to the board’s meeting on October 2.

Cllr Mulherin added: “With ever-increasing demand on acute services, the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board in joining-up Health and Social Care and leading on the reduction of ill-health and health inequalities in Leeds is vital in rebalancing the system.”

Other sites visited by the board were Hannah House emergency short break care centre in Rothwell, the Social Work Duty team at White Rose House in Otley, the Age UK Making the Link Service, the Acute Medicine Clinical Service Unit at St James’s, Leeds Mind’s Inkwell Centre and the Adult Acute Inpatient Service at the Becklin Centre.


For more information, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk