Views sought on changes

RESIDENTS and organisations are being asked to share the views on what NHS changes will mean for local healthcare services.

Dr Jane Weatherstone and Dr John Matthews, lead GPs for Engage Health and CareFirst clinical commissioning groups, will give an update on their work and answer questions, on Thursday, September 29, from 10am to 3pm at the Langdale Centre, Howdon.

LINk members concerned that the voices of patients and carers will no longer be heard will find out from Anne Graney, health and wellbeing coordinator, how they can get involved in developing a health and wellbeing strategy for North Tyneside.

Following an update on HealthWatch, which will replace LINks in October 2012, there will be workshops to talk about how HealthWatch could work locally.

North Tyneside LINk chairman John Robson said: “Our LINk members have made a real difference to local health and social care services and they want to continue their involvement under the new arrangements for the NHS.

“We are all keen to know more about how commissioning of services by GPs will work and if this will give patients more choice and better services.”

For more information or to book a place at the event call LINk on (0191) 643 2623 or email