Discussions on changing face of NHS in Hailsham

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THE RADICAL changes being made to the NHS and health services in Hailsham will be discussed with the town’s council.

Following recent talks with the NHS Primary Care Trust, Hailsham Town Council has agreed to meet the leaders of the new GP-led group which from April 2013 will commission hospital treatment and medical services for everyone living in the town.

Over the coming months the newly established commissioning group, Coastal Community Healthcare, wants to talk about the changes with local people and form a close relationship with the town council

GPs from all the practices in the town will meet with town councillors to discuss potential options and improvements to local health services.

Hailsham GP Dr Matt Jackson, vice-chairman of Coastal Community Healthcare, said, “The NHS is facing some of the most significant challenges in its history and we know there are also specific local health needs to focus on.

“However, by working together with all the practices in Hailsham, local people and our partners such as the council, we are confident we can get the best out of the resources available and plan services to meet the needs of the growing population.”

“We are committed to working together with local people and all of the practices in Hailsham to improve services in the town.

“We’ve already introduced new dermatology and cardiology services but will be following this up with a strategy to make further improvements locally.”

Town councillor Bill Bentley said, “We know that many Hailsham residents are concerned that local health provision needs to be improved and expanded.

“Hailsham Town Council has started a dialogue with local GP health managers and NHS Sussex and we look forward to working with them as a local partnership that will inform future planning for health services in Hailsham.

“Our Town Crier quarterly newsletter will include regular features about general health services available in Hailsham, plus we will update you on plans for the future as they emerge.”

All local surgeries and medical practices are setting up patient participation groups and patients should contact their practice manager to find out more.

Or if you would like to find out more about the changes to the NHS Visit www.sussex.nhs.uk.