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RESIDENTS still have the chance to help shape how health services are provided in Hartlepool from next year.

 The consultation is being carried out by the town’s new shadow health and wellbeing board, which from next April will be responsible for ensuring that the health needs of local people are being met.

Meetings are being held and to take part, all people have to do is drop into one of a number of consultation points across the town.

 There they will be given tokens representing money and asked to place them in up to seven boxes representing key strategic health objectives, according to how much they feel should be spent on each.

 They cover a range of topics including childhood obesity, immunisations, healthy eating, smoking, support for the over 65s and cancer screening as well as other factors which also have an impact on people’s wellbeing, such as road safety and decent standards of housing.

The consultation continues at the following venues on the following dates:

● Headland Library, Middlegate, Saturday, September 8.

● Seaton Carew Library, Station Lane, Friday, September 7.

●Owton Manor Library, Wynyard Road, Monday, September 10, and Tuesday, September 11.

● McKenzie Group Practice, Kendal Road, Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14.

● Central Library, York Road, Friday 14, Saturday, September 15, and Monday, September 17.

● Wynyard Road Primary Care Centre, Tuesday, September 28, and Wednesday, September 29.

 People can also take part in similar consultation online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWBstrategyHBC12

 The survey results will be used to prepare a draft health and wellbeing strategy which will be published for public consultation in the autumn.

 Once finalised, the strategy is expected to be adopted by April 2013. The consultation closes on Monday, September 17.

 For more information, contact Richard Starrs at Hartlepool Council on (01429) 523589.