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Public invited to meetings to help shape the future of local healthcare in west Kent

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 22/06/2017 12:15:30

Local people are being invited to meetings this summer to discuss plans to improve local healthcare in west Kent.

Events will be hosted by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):

  • Tonbridge, 18 July 2017 - 4pm to 7pm, West Kent College, Brook St, Tonbridge TN9 2PW
  • Maidstone - 25 July 2017 - 6pm to 9pm, Oakwood House, Oakwood Rd, Maidstone ME16 8AE
  • Sevenoaks - 8 August 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30 pm, Mehew Hall, Sevenoaks Community Centre
  • The Weald, 29 August 2017 - 1pm to 4pm, Kilndown Village Hall, Kilndown
  • Tunbridge Wells, 19 September 2017 - 6pm to 9 p.m, The Camden Centre, Market Square, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SW.

For more information on these events and our plans, visit our page on Transforming Health and Social Care in Kent and Medway.

The events will give people a chance to

  • hear about the plans for local care across west Kent and how services will be distributed and provided differently in the future, with more care being provided by GP practices and local teams of professionals
  • understand how GP practices are planning on working together across local areas and what difference it will make to patients
  • hear about plans to extend opening hours of GP practices and the ways of accessing care, such as phone consultations
  • hear about improvements to NHS 111 and to urgent care
  • raise any concerns they have and give detailed feedback on these.

In March 2017 we held two listening events for local people to discuss plans to improve health and social care services in west Kent. The events, hosted by NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), took place on Tuesday 14 March at The Gallagher Stadium in Maidstone and on Wednesday 15 March at Hadlow Manor in Tonbridge.

West Kent health and care listening events Feedback report - April 2017

There will also be information about the plans for transforming health and social care services across Kent and Medway as part of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). 

“This is a really exciting time for the NHS locally,” said Dr Bob Bowes, Chair, NHS West Kent CCG.

“We are making some changes to the way that our GPs and other health providers deliver care to the people in their communities and the changes will see things organised very differently to how they are now.  Instead of working independently as we do now, we are looking at sharing resources, staff and premises and working in  a much more joined up way. We will also be exploring how we can use technology to support us to help more people and to keep them well for longer. Most importantly we are looking at providing most of this care out of hospitals, so no patient is forced to spend longer in hospital than they need to but will be able to leave as soon as they are ready, with the right support available.

“NHS organisations have been looking at how we can make that vision for the future a reality. Now we want to share that work with local people and ask for your views on our emerging plans. I hope many of you will come along and have your say.”

The events are free but advance booking is required on nelcsu.engagement@nhs.net.