Views sought on improving health

The new health body responsible for the planning and commissioning of NHS services in North Tyneside is seeking the views of local people to improve health services.

North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking at how health services can be improved and how their budget of about £280m should be spent.

Dr John Matthews, clinical chair for North Tyneside CCG said that we really benefited from the views of local people in setting our plans for this year and wanted to continue to involve local people in their decision making.

“Involving local people in how we improve health care and health services in North Tyneside is really important to us,” he said.

“We want to know where the areas for improvement are so that we can deliver the best care possible for local people.

“I’d encourage anyone who has experienced care within the NHS to come forward and give your views.”

People can attend one of the drop in sessions being held in September, take part in the on-line survey, request a paper survey, or telephone or email their comments.

They would like to focus on public health and prevention, planned care, urgent care, long term conditions, mental health, learning disabilities, children and young people, continuing healthcare, and end of life care.

Drop in events will be held on Thursday, September 19, from 3pm-5pm at St John’s Methodist Church, Whitley Bay; Wednesday, September 25, from 6pm-8pm at the Linskill Centre, North Shields; and Thursday, September 26, from noon to 2pm at Howdon Community Centre, Denbigh Avenue, Wallsend.

Visit www.northtynesideccg.nhs.uk or email northtynesideccg@northtyneside-pct.nhs.uk