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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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/

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