Share your views on GP services at public meeting

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There’s a chance to share your views on primary healthcare services at a public meeting next week.

NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling on people to get involved and help how GP and GP out-of-hours services, high streets pharmacies and community health services are delivered in the future.

This is part of a wider move to give clinical commissioning groups across the country new responsibilities for commissioning primary care services, with the aim of making these services more effective and improving patient care.

Two months of constultation started this week and closes on Friday, November 28, with a survey on the new online engagement site Let’s Talk Health and a series of public meetings – including one in Buckingham.

The feedback gathered from the survey and meetings will be used to shape a strategy for primary care for the next five years in Bucks.

The meeting in Buckingham takes place on Wednesday, November 26, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the large hall at Buckingham Community Centre.

Dr Malcolm Jones, of Aylesbury Vale CCG, said: “Effective and high-quality primary care is a priority for us.

“It is essential for people to be able to live well at home and, when it is in their best interest, to avoid admission to hospital.

“It is also important to enable more services to be delivered out of hospital, particularly for the frail elderly and people with multiple long-term conditions.

“By redesigning primary care, we will be able to meet these challenges.

Dr Chris North, of Chiltern CCG, said: “We need to redesign services provided outside of the hospital system in Bucks to help meet the changing demands and needs of patients, their families and carers.

“We are involving a wide range of people to gather a broad range of views and experience to guide us in shaping these services so that they are fit for the future.

“There has been much discussion nationally about improving GP services for patients, such as any need for seven-day health care and greater use of technology including online appointment booking.

“We want to take this one step further in Bucks and develop GP services that offer patients first-class care that is sustainable and can address the changing needs of patients.”

The survey is available online at www.letstalkhealthbucks.nhs.uk

To take part, people need to register on the site and subscribe to the consultation.

People can also email their views and opinions to letstalkhealth.bucks@nhs.net