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NHS chiefs and GPs in west Hampshire will be answering questions from the public in Winchester later this month as part of our annual general meeting.

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Ashburton Hall, Elizabeth II Court, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ.

This meeting is your chance to find out what the people planning and buying healthcare in your area have been doing over the last year. You will have the opportunity to hear where your money goes and specifically how it has been spent in the past year.  Book your place now by emailing events@westhampshireccg.nhs.uk

Huge changes are taking place in the NHS to improve services and this meeting will reveal more about our plans for the communities throughout west Hampshire. Our area covers large parts of rural Hampshire, from Andover in the north, to Lymington in the south, and all of the communities in the areas surrounding (but not including) Southampton.

Despite the challenges being faced nationally, west Hampshire remains one of the healthiest places to live in England and we have seen a number of projects make a real difference to patients’ lives.

For instance, new children and adolescent mental health service has reduced waiting times for assessment and treatment by 29 per cent.

The work we've done to support people with diabetes with their foot care has seen diabetic foot amputations reduce by 30 per cent.

We have also introduced a new service for people with breathing problems, which is providing rapid response to people who have a crisis to avoid their admission into hospital, in addition to support recovery and help self-management when people do need to go into hospital. This means patients are receiving a better service, our hospitals are able to better manage the patients they see and it is also saving the NHS money.

At this event members of NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be looking back at successes from the past year, as well as explaining how taxpayers money is spent in the area. This will be the CCG’s third Annual General Meeting.

Teams from across the CCG will also be celebrating their work in a ‘market place’ of health stalls. These include:

o Showcasing the new blood pressure devices which we have rolled out to every GP practice in our area. State of the art technology is being used by clinicians throughout west Hampshire to test blood pressure and help detect whether patients have atrial fibrillation, a hard to detect heart condition which is a major cause of stroke. Just in the last year, we believe the roll out of these devices has led to 67 fewer strokes in west Hampshire. You’ll be able to see how these devices work first-hand because we’ll be testing people’s blood pressure on the night.

o Examples of work we’ve been doing in west Hampshire which has been identified as best practice nationally, such as transfer of care bags which we have launched in care homes across our area. These are bags which allow for a patient’s key information to be transported with them at all times, which is particularly important when a patient is being discharged from hospital.

West Hampshire CCG has a budget of over £700 million. Almost half of our money every year goes to acute hospitals, which perform the most urgent operations and procedures which patients need. We’ll be explaining at the meeting why this is the case and what we’re doing to ensure more money goes towards community services.

During the event we’ll be giving everyone who attends the chance to ask questions about what our work over the last year. There will also be the opportunity to network and discuss our work more informally during the evening.

This event is taking place on Thursday 29 September. Doors open at Ashburton Hall, in Elizabeth Court in Castle Street, Winchester, from 6.30pm. More details about these presentations will be revealed nearer the time.

This event is open to all. Find out more and book your place by emailing events@westhampshireccg.nhs.uk.

Dr Tim Cotton, Vice-Chair of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:

“This meeting is all about you. Patients are the centre of what we do, whether it is when we are designing new services to meet the needs of local people in your town and community, or when we are making tough decisions about the future of healthcare across the area.

“The NHS faces enormous challenges at the moment, at a scale greater than ever before, and we won’t be shying away from that. Nonetheless in the last year alone we have reduced waiting times at the new children and adolescent mental health service, the number of diabetic foot amputations has reduced and we’ve introduced new services for our patients, such as one for people with breathing difficulties.

“Find out more by coming along to this meeting at the end of September.”