Your voice on health sought
Join consultation on primary care
PEOPLE are being urged to help shape the future of ‘out of hospital care’ in Buckinghamshire by taking part in a consultation.
The Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group is running a public consultation on primary care in the county in the future with the aim of improving access to care in the community.
Primary care is an NHS service which lies between self-care and hospital, typically provided in the community by GPs, dentists, optometrists and high street pharmacists.
The purpose of the consultation is to capture public thoughts on GP services and community based care for the future.
The group will then use the responses develop a new strategy due to be written in December and the results will be published in January next year.
A FIRST: Development director Nicola Lester
Development director Nicola Lester said: “This is the first time there’s been a major look at primary care. We’re going to look at services available in practices, how community services link in with GPs, social care and mental health care.
“There’s not a very coordinated approach when it comes to looking at a patient so we want to pull all that together.
“The aim is to ensure that coordinated, person centred care is delivered as close to home as possible
“The time for change is now and help to design the system is needed. We want people to come up with ideas themselves, we’re not giving a solution and that’s why it’s important we have a consultation and listen to other people’s solutions.
“This is a significant opportunity and one that people rightly get excited about and get involved in.”
There will be public meetings about the consultation at St Teresa’s Catholic Church in Warwick Road, BeaconsfieldonWednesday, November 12, from 1pm to 2.30pm, and at The Royal British Legion in Woodside Road, Amersham on Thursday, November 13,from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
The consultation runs until Friday, November 28.
To take part visit www. letstalkhealthbucks.nhs. uk/