Virgin Care provides Adult Community Services and Urgent Care Services in West Lancashire, covering Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, Burscough, Rufford and Tarleton. We provide a wide range of services outside of hospital, in the community and in people’s homes. We began providing these services in May 2017.

A wide variety of NHS services sit within the term ‘community services’. In very simple terms it means all the services that aren’t delivered in a large hospital (secondary care) or classed as primary care (like GP practices and urgent care centres).

We provide similar services across the country, where we’ve invested significantly in bringing services together and improving the experience for the people who use our services. In West Lancashire we’ve been commissioned to improve the experience of people using these services by introducing new ways of working, making the best use of technology and increasing efficiency.

If you’re interested in helping us develop the services you can join our Citizens Panel.  Our innovative approach to involving the community doesn’t mean attending lots of meetings, and you can chose from three levels of engagement – informed, asked and involved. Keep an eye out for our new website.

The aim of our community services and teams is to work together with other organisations to provide you with the care you need close to, or in your home as a seamless experience, regardless of who in the NHS is actually looking after you.

Our staff have the skills and experience to make a real difference, so we empower them to challenge ‘the way things have always been done’.

All of our community services are localised, but they have a common approach:

  • Improving your experience – we’re always looking to improve your experience, whether that means working with GPs who refer into our services to improve this process so we see you quicker or providing unexpected magic touches.
  • Listening to you – we ask everyone using our services to feedback on their experience so we can find out what we’re doing well and what we need to do better. We have a network of clinical experts who share examples of best practice and learn together.
  • Care in the most appropriate place – we want to provide care in the best place for you, which is often in your own home.
  • Safe and consistent – we have to meet rigorous Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards for our services and we run our own internal inspections and have robust governance and reporting systems to monitor how all of our services are doing, so you can be confident that your care, safety and privacy are our absolute priorities.

We are providing this service on behalf of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.

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