Have your say about Community Health Services in West Lancashire

LOCAL residents are encouraged to have their say about how we ensure we deliver the benefits we want from the re-procurement of community health services across West Lancashire.

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is in the process of re-tendering its local community health services contracts, along with its urgent care services such as GP out of hours, Acute Visiting Service and the walk in centres in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk.

A number of informal events have been organised by the CCG, where residents will have the opportunity to get an update on the development of the plans for this re-procurement, as well as have an opportunity for discussions directly with the CCG, where they will be able to share their thoughts.

The events are open to any West Lancashire resident with previous experience of using community health services, in particular those residents living with a long-term condition (such as diabetes and cancer), as well as anybody with an interest in learning more about these plans.

Please come along to any of the following pop up stands at a time and location that suits you:

  • Thursday 16 June 2016, Booths Supermarket, Hesketh Bank, 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Thursday 16 June 2016, Tesco Supermarket, Burscough, 12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Thursday 16 June 2016, Asda Superstore, Skelmersdale, 2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Friday 17 June 2016, Tarleton Library, 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Friday 17 June 2016, Halsall Memorial Hall, 2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Saturday 18 June 2016, Ormskirk Library, 10.00 – 11.30am
  • Monday 20 June 2016, Skelmersdale Library, 5.00 – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 23 June 2016, Ormskirk Library, 5.00 – 6.30pm
  • Friday 24 June 2016, Parbold Library, 10.00 – 11.00am
  • Friday 24 June 2016, Upholland Library, 11.30 – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 June 2016, Banks Community Centre, 10.30 – 11.30am

Claire Heneghan, chief nurse and board member of NHS West Lancashire CCG, said:

“It’s vitally important that during this period of planning the community health services in West Lancashire, that we continue to listen to the views of those residents who use these services.

“This process is about creating effective and sustainable services for the future. We need to ensure our residents especially those living with long-term conditions have the right care wrapped around them and also the right knowledge to help them to self-manage their condition. Transforming our local community health services towards care truly joined up with GPs, social and voluntary sectors along with hospital care, will allow so many local people to live healthier and happier lives and maintain their independence.

“I would therefore urge all residents to join us at one of our events, have your say and listen to our plans for this development and together we can shape these services for the benefit of everyone in West Lancashire.”

Following these events, themes and comments will be recorded and shared on the West Lancashire CCG website so that residents can see how they have been used. The dedicated web page contains all information relating to the process including timescales, briefings and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). http://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/community-health-services/

If you would like to help promote these events, a poster is available for display here.

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