Have your say on Belper health services

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Health chiefs are asking residents in the Belper area to have their say on services.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and buys services for more than 540,000 patients in the south of the county, is carrying out a review of healthcare on offer to make sure it meets people’s needs and is fit for the future.  

The CCG has researched what is available across NHS and public sector organisations to plan ahead so residents get the best care, offered in the right place, at the right time.  

Local people are being asked for their views and details of what services they use, and where they go to get them, so a range of options can be put together to plan how healthcare will look in future.   

It is quick and easy to take part as there are only ten questions covering topics including:

  • ·What you think is most important about your services, e.g. whether they’re offered in one place, offer best value, how well they support carers/relatives
  • ·What improvements you would like to see
  • ·Whether you look after anyone with any health issues or have any health issues yourself.

You do not need to give your name in order to submit your views.

 The CCG has already agreed to invest an extra half million pounds annually in GP and community services across Belper and the surrounding area to support people to stay at home or as close as possible, to maintain their independence and quality of life.

And Community Support Teams are already up and running to provide health care for people with complicated needs as near to their home as can be.

Each team has a care coordinator who brings together all the relevant services that are needed to care for a patient, including district nursing, social services, mental health and voluntary organisations.

Dr Ian Lawrence, GP and Governing Body member of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We’re reviewing services in Belper to understand how we can give patients the best care and services and make the most of the latest improvements in knowledge and technology.

“Our work echoes national reviews that are taking place so we’re keeping up with work being done to provide excellent healthcare and practice.

“New techniques mean more people can be treated in the convenience of their own home, rather than having to stay in hospital which can be very stressful and make it more difficult for friends and family to support and comfort that person.  

“We’re proud of southern Derbyshire’s healthcare and are doing this work to make sure we continue providing high quality, safe and effective services.

“I’d urge people to get involved so we can take their experiences and opinions into account when we make plans for the future.”

The review and options put together as a result will consider:

·         changing health needs of the local population in Belper and the surrounding areas and what they may look like in five, ten or fifteen years’ time.

·         what services are available now?

·         how can we improve the services?

·         how can we make sure we can afford this now and into the future?

 If you live in or near Belper and want to get involved or find out more visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/belper-health-services, email claire.haynes2@nhs.net or call 01332 868677. 

Follow the link to take part in our survey and have your say : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JUCBelperPE

Published: 24/11/2015