A healthy turnout for CCG

Res­i­dents at­tend meet­ing to air con­cerns about the lo­cal NHS

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - NEWS - By Ryan O’Dono­van ryan.o’dono­van@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MORE than 120 Hilling­don res­i­dents at­tended the an­nual Hilling­don Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) Health con­fer­ence on Friday to de­mand improvement.

The event, which was held at Brunel Univer­sity, gave at­ten­dees to high­light what they thought could be im­proved on within the NHS in Hilling­don for the next year.

Among the main con­cerns raised was the dif­fi­culty get­ting doc­tor ap­point­ments at lo­cal surg­eries and what could be done to make it easier for peo­ple to ob­tain an ap­point­ment.

An­other main con­cern for peo­ple at the event was mak­ing sure par­ents and chil­dren had ac­cess to the right care at the right time so that they do not have to rely on emer­gency ser­vices.

Older pa­tients raised con­cerns about their care be­ing mis­matched, want­ing the ser­vices they are given to be more stream­lined – help­ing peo­ple avoid go­ing to hos­pi­tal un­less they have to – and, for those that do end up in hos­pi­tal, mak­ing sure they are able to get home quickly and safely.

Pa­tients also ex­pressed the de­sire to make sure Hilling­don had the right ser­vices on of­fer so peo­ple do not need to go to A&E or ur­gent care cen­tres un­less ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.

Hilling­don CCG chair­man and lo­cal GP Dr Ian Goodman said: “This is one of the best at­tended lo­cal health events in this part of Lon­don so thank you to ev­ery­one who came to­day.

“We want to carry on the con­ver­sa­tion so feel free to con­tact us or visit our Facebook page and leave a com­ment.”

He said the CCG would re­port back to in­di­cate the next steps in­volved in re­spond­ing to the feed­back re­ceived.

n Goodman CHAIR­MAN: Dr Ian

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