FIFTY jobs have been created thanks to the launch of a new non-emergency NHS hotline which makes it easier for patients to access local health services urgently.
The free-to-use 111 number, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and acts as an alternative when it is less urgent than 999 for health matters, is currently being trialled in North Derbyshire, Derby and the High Peak. It is expected to be introduced throughout the county by the summer.
So far 28 new staff have started work as call handlers at call centres in Chesterfield and Derby, with another 22 expected to commence employment shortly. Some of these staff members are from Buxton.
They are employed by Derbyshire Health United, who already manage the day-to-day running of Derbyshire’s out of hours GP service.
Anyone interested in working as a call handler for the service should look in local newspapers and on the NHS jobs website at www.jobs.nhs.uk.