People asked to talk about their health services

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NHS staff talked to people in the streets of Belper this week as a review of the town’s health services drew to a close.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) asked for people to give their opinion to make sure as many voices as possible were heard as part of the review, which began in August last year.  

CCG staff were out and about in the town until Friday (29 January) – the deadline for people to take part – asking people ten quick questions.

These included:

  • ·What you think is most important about your services
  • ·What improvements you would like to see
  • ·Whether you look after anyone with any health issues or have any health issues yourself.

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.

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 to bring together all the relevant services needed to care for a patient, including district nursing, social services, mental health and voluntary organisations.

Dr Nick Bishop, GP and Governing Body member of NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We gathered information about existing NHS and public sector services before asking people for their views.  

“Questionnaires were distributed through GP practices, shops, cafes and Babington Hospital and we did this last push to be sure everyone had the chance to be involved.

 “By talking to as many people as possible we can plan for patients to get the right care and services in the right place, offered at the right time, and make the most of technological improvements and advances in knowledge and skills.”

Kayleigh Barlow (28) from Belper, said: “I want to make sure there are decent health services locally for my daughter, so it’s important to get my views heard by completing the questionnaire.”

Published: 02/02/2016