Local NHS seeks views on community hospital services

Local NHS seeks views on community hospital services

Local NHS seeks views on community hospital services

Today NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, the GP led organisation that buys local healthcare, has launched a public consultation on how community hospital services are delivered in future.

The Clinical Commissioning Group wants to seek the views of local people and stakeholders and hear what they think of the proposals that have been developed. This follows a comprehensive review of community hospital services that took place between March and July last year.

Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group explains:
“We have spent a lot of time looking at how services are provided at the five community hospitals in our area and we believe there are opportunities to improve care. Working with CSH Surrey (who provide the majority of services in the community hospitals), their staff, local people, local healthcare organisations, and other partners, we have come up with some options on how services could be provided in future. We have launched this public consultation to hear what local people think of the options we have put forward.

“The four options focus on where services are located in future to best meet changes in the local population and future demand for healthcare. Our focus is on improving care, as well as making services more efficient, so under all options there would still be the same number of inpatient rehabilitation beds across the Surrey Downs area.

“As part of this consultation, we will be out and about, talking to as many people as we can.  We will be holding a series of roadshows and public events where people can come and talk to us and find out more, and we will also be talking to community groups to seek their views on the proposals.  We genuinely want to hear what people think, and which option they prefer. The feedback people give will shape how care is provided in future so I would encourage people to have their say”. Dr Fuller added.

The consultation begins with a series of launch events, starting today, followed by a number of other planned meetings and events.

Dates and times are as follows:

Event

Date and time

Venue


Consultation launch event


Thursday 28 January, 11am-2pm


Ashley Shopping Centre, Epsom


Consultation launch event


Friday 29 January,
9-12 noon


Swan Shopping Centre, Leatherhead


Consultation launch event


Tuesday 2 February,
9-1pm


Molesey Community Centre


Drop in event


Tuesday 9 February, 9am-1pm  


Leatherhead Library


Drop in event


Wednesday 10 February,
9.30am-1pm


Epsom Library


Drop in event


Tuesday 16 February, 9.30am-1pm


Molesey Library


Drop in event


Thursday 18 February,
9.30am-1pm


Cobham Library


Copies of our consultation document will also be available at our Governing Body meeting, held in public, on Friday 29 January, 1pm-3.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Stoke Road, Stoke D’Abernon, Surrey KT11 3PX.

To request a copy of the consultation document please call us on 01372 201826.

For more information about the consultation, and to take our online survey, see www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/communityhospitalservices