06:00 Thursday 29 May 2014

Have your say on proposed changes to older people's healthcare

Written byJORDAN DAY

Residents are being urged to speak up over how older people’s healthcare services in the Ely area could be changed.

Patients who sit on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Patient Reference Group (PRG) are asking people across the region to take part in the CCG’s ‘Proposals to improve older people’s healthcare and adult community services’ public consultation.

Patient representative Michael Bacon said: “If you want to have your say on the future shape of older people’s healthcare and adult community services, it’s crucial you give your views now.

“This is about hospital and community healthcare for those over 65 and also adult community health services used by younger adults who have long term conditions such as diabetes, respiratory disease or heart disease.”

The CCG governing body will consider the response to the consultation and will give feedback to the organisations that have put forward the proposals.

The CCG will also consider how this is reflected when they choose one of the organisations to deliver the services.

Brian Parsons, another patient representative, said: “We all need to give our views on what’s being proposed now in order for our opinions to be taken into account.

“The CCG feels that there will be improved NHS-funded healthcare for this group of patients if it is delivered in a joined-up way around the needs of the patient.

“It wants to hear our views as residents on the way a number of organisations are proposing NHS-funded health services could be delivered to provide this more joined-up care.”

Residents have until Monday, June 16 to have their say.

To do so, call (01223) 725304 or visit www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk.

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