Have your say on primary healthcare in Bucks

A patient talks to her GP
A patient talks to her GP

A public survey which could help shape the future of primary healthcare services in Bucks over the next five years opened this week.

NHS Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group says people’s opinions will be valuable when re-thinking the way services such as GPs (and out of hours GPs) and high street pharmacies are delivered to keep the number of patients admitted to hospital to a minimum.

The scheme is part of a wider move to give CCGs across the country new responsibilities for commissioning primary care services, making them more effective and improving patient care.

People, patients and carers can have their say on ways to improve primary care services in Bucks during the two weeks of consultation – either by public meetings or online questionnaire – which closes on Friday, November 28.

The feedback from both the survey and meetings will be taken into consideration by health bosses when drawing up future plans for primary health care.

Primary care transformation lead at Chiltern CCG Dr Chris North said: ‘We need to redesign services provided outside of the hospital system in Buckinghamshire 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 Buckinghamshire and develop GP services that offer patients first-class care that is sustainable and can address the changing needs of patients.”

Executive lead for south locality at Aylesbury Vale CCG Dr Malcolm Jones 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.”

The survey is currently available on Let’s Talk Health website here.

To take part, people will need to register on the site and subscribe to the consultation – this will only take a few minutes.

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

Both CCGs will be holding a series of public meetings to explain this new approach to commissioning primary care and to gather views from the public about how this can be achieved.

The Aylesbury Vale CCG public meetings are today between 3pm and 5pm and 6pm to 8pm at Princes Risborough Baptist Church in Bell Street; Thursday, November 20 at Sivatech in Gatehouse Close, Aylesbury again between 3pm and 5pm and 6pm to 8pm; and Wednesday, November 26 at Buckingham Community Centre in Cornwalls Meadow, Buckingham between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.