Members of the public are being invited to help shape the future of community health services in Ashby by attending a meeting this month.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WL CCG), which is currently reviewing community health services in Ashby, wants to involve patients, the public and organisations in helping to decide how these services may be provided in the future.
Dr Nick Willmott, a Leicestershire GP and the urgent care lead for WL CCG, said: “We want to make sure that patients get the most appropriate healthcare in the best place, as efficiently as possible.
“By providing care closer to home – in patients’ own homes or in local health centres, and by making sure time spent in hospital is as effective as possible – we can really improve the care given to frail older people, as well as their quality of life and their independence.
“As part of this we are currently piloting a ‘virtual ward’ so patients can be treated by healthcare professionals in their own homes rather than being admitted to hospital. This is one of several new approaches that we and other local NHS organisations are developing to bring healthcare closer to home.
“Our review of community health services in Ashby will help us to understand how well current services meet patients’ needs and whether we are making the best use of our resources. Alongside this we are also looking at the use of Ashby Community Hospital.”
The event takes place on Wednesday 17 July from 6.30-8pm at the Sixth Form Centre at Ashby School, Nottingham Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1DT. Those wishing to attend should register with Penny Harris by calling 0116 295 4183 or by emailing email@example.com