South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to delivering a community pain management service in Stamford
Delivering a community pain management service in Stamford has been identified as one of the challenges for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group - but it is committed to doing so.
Patients at Monday’s Lakeside Stamford Patient Participation Group meeting were told that the service, which was run in Stamford by the NHS, ended because the clinical commissioning group responsible for this type of service ‘forgot to include’ Stamford when it was changing the provision.
Sue Prior, an active member of the Lakeside Healthcare Patient Participation Group, said that as a result of this, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group had to award the contract to an outside provider, Connect Health, last November.
Since then, Connect Health sought to use accommodation at the Stamford Hospital site, but was told in August that this option was no longer available. Similarly, Lakeside was unable to accommodate the clinic at its surgeries.
Sue added: “The clinical commissioning group caused the problem. All we can do is put as much pressure as possible onto them by complaining through the clinical commissioning group’s website.”
Currently, patients in the Stamford area needing the services of the pain management clinic have to go to other places in the county. The meeting heard how one woman in her 90s went all the way to Lincoln only to be told they had no record of her appointment.
“It’s not a Lakeside issue in that it was not created by Lakeside, but it’s our patients who suffer,” said Sue.