People have their say on NHS services in Hartlepool

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Have your say

An event to get people’s feedback on future local NHS services attracted a healthy attendance.

Officials in charge of deciding what services they provide held the Commissioning Intentions session at the Grand Hotel, in Hartlepool, yesterday afternoon.

Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting taking place in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting taking place in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

It was led by the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which plans and pays for a range of health services on behalf of patients.

Chair of the CCG’s governing body, Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, who attended the event along with other clinicians, said people’s views would help shape their health plans for the 2016/17 financial year.

Dr Posmyk said: “We are asking the public for their views and opinions in regard to what are the important matters to them for how we commission the healthcare services for the population of Hartlepool for the next year.

“There are five or six different commissioning intentions in each area and public feedback relevant to the specific commissioning intention will be considered and will be important for what we do for the future.”

Public feedback will be considered and will be important for what we do for the future

Dr Boleslaw Posmyk

CCG staff and clinicians manned a series of stands each covering a different service area which explained what the service does and what its aims for the future are.

People could ask questions and write their own suggestions on to a blank white board.

The stands covered areas such as primary care, urgent care, in hospital care, dementia, end of life care and the use of the Better Care Fund.

The primary care stand, relating to GP services, explained how the CCG aims to support practices to manage an increase in demand and provide more services in the community that were previously handled by hospitals.

Dr Boleshaw Posmyk at the Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting taking place in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

Dr Boleshaw Posmyk at the Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting taking place in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

The increase in demand is in part driven by an increasingly ageing population.

Between 2002 and 2012, the number of people in Hartlepool living beyond 85 rose by 53%.

The event was well attended by residents and representatives from organisations such as the Hospital of God charity, based in Greatham, which provides care, dementia and housing services.

People were also invited to fill out feedback forms which asked a series of questions including how well the CCG’s proposals matched people’s own health needs and if there was anything people felt the CCG had missed and should be included.

Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting taking place in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting taking place in the Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

Details of the CCG’s commissioning intentions are due to be available on its website by the end of the week.

Anyone who was unable to attend yesterday’s event can give their feedback through the website www.hartlepoolandstocktonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/.

You can also send an email to: NECSU.info-comms@nhs.net, phone (01642) 745401, or by post to CCG Commissioning Intentions, Freepost RTGC-XBHS-JUSS, North of England Commissioning Support Unit, Teesdale House, Westpoint Road, Thornaby, TS17 6BL.