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Have your say on plans for local health services at a public event hosted by the NHS

31/03/2017

Members of the public are invited to an open Health and Care Forum to discuss the future of local health services, and we strongly encourage you to go along if you can make it. The Forum will take place Tuesday, 25 April between 6:00pm and 9:00pm at the Everyday Church, 30 Queens Road, Wimbledon SW19 8LR.

All parts of the local NHS – hospital consultants, doctors, nurses, therapists, hospitals, mental health trusts, pharmacists and commissioners - have worked together and with local authority colleagues and members of the public on a draft Five Year Forward Plan to improve local health services and make them sustainable for the long term. A summary of the plan is available here The full plan is also available online.

During 2017, the NHS wants to build on many years of dialogue with local people in a new and wide-ranging 'conversation' across south west London, which is being called 'Talking Healthcare'.

As part of this initiative, independently-facilitated Health and Care Forumshave been held in five of the six local boroughs, with the final event in Merton on 25 April.

Dr Andrew Murray, GP Chair of NHS Merton CCG, said: "We want to explain the thinking behind our plan to local people and to get their views on some of the ideas that are being put forward.

"The Five Year Forward Plan is not a detailed blueprint – it's really a series of developing plans for how we might improve different areas of healthcare. Ideas are still being developed and considered and we want to build on the conversations we have been having with local people over several years.

"I'd encourage local residents and organisations to come along and get involved."

Unlike previous plans for the area, which were led by local commissioners, the Five Year Forward Plan is the product of unprecedented collaboration between all parts of the local NHS, working with colleagues in local councils and with members of the public represented on all clinical groups.

Health and care forum in Merton

  • Tuesday, 25 April 2017 (6-9pm – registration from 5:30pm), the Everyday Church, 30 Queens Road, Wimbledon SW19 8LR.  If you would like to attend a forum, please register your interest at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk, email us at SWLCCGs@swlondon.nhs.uk or call on 020 8251 0581.

If you would like to tell Healthwatch Merton about your hopes and fears when you hear that there are new plans for local health and care services you can text your views to: 07786 205 227. Start your text with NHSworries or NHShopes. We want to know what you think; what should change and what you feel should stay the same. (Texts will cost you your normal network rate)

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