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Northern Lincolnshire health service review launched

North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NLCCG) and North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NELCCG) is encouraging people to give their views on Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures, a review of all healthcare services in Northern Lincolnshire.

The review will look at all healthcare services in the region with the aim of improving quality and making sure we can continue providing high quality care for years to come and the CCGs need your thoughts and opinions to do this. Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures will start today with a public engagement period lasting until at least 13th September 2013.

During this review the two CCGs want to work with the community to develop the future shape of health services including those provided in the community, in health centres and in hospitals.

Dr Margaret Sanderson, Chair of North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group explained, "There are some tough decisions to make over the coming months. We need to change services for the better and make sure that from both a quality and financial point of view we are in the best possible position to continue providing high quality care for years to come.

“This may mean we have to restructure and move services in order to centralise some of them but also to provide some services closer to people’s homes. It is only by working with the community that we can achieve the goals we have set ourselves.”

Dr Peter Melton, Chief Clinical Officer for North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group continued, “We will be looking at how we provide services such as urgent GP access, A&E and maternity services and how we improve the quality of care. The CCGs also need to make sure health services are developed in conjunction with local social care providers so we can provide a service that works seamlessly.

“As clinically led organisations it is the CCGs priorities to develop high quality, safe services for our population. If we leave things as they are we risk our services falling behind those services provided in other areas of the country.

“For example we currently spend 46% or our overall budget on healthcare for the over 75s. When you combine this with the fact the average age of our population is higher than the national average and this is increasing every year the pressure this will create is obvious."

There are lots of ways people in Northern Lincolnshire can give their thoughts and feedback on the review. A leaflet and survey giving more information on the review and the opportunity for people to give their views is available either from the website or by contacting the Engagement team here.

We would also encourage people to visit the website to learn more about the review and feedback online at www.healthyliveshealthyfutures.nhs.uk.

There are currently 11 publics events planned in order for the CCGs to meet with the public, discuss the review and listen to the public’s thoughts and feedback. These are listed here.

If people have a community group or meeting planned and you would like someone from one of the CCGs to attend to explain more about the review then please contact the engagement team here.

The aim of this review is to improve services for everyone and to do this we need the people of North Lincolnshire to have their say.

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