Axminster health summit planned

PUBLISHED: 15:45 25 July 2013

Axminster Hospital

Axminster Hospital


GP urges people to help them define how local health services can continue to meet their needs

A health summit is being held in Axminster to help keep residents in the pink.

Organised by the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), it takes place in the Guildhall on Thursday (August 1) from 7pm.

The CCG is inviting people to help them define how local health services can continue to meet their needs over the next decade.

Urging people to attend Axminster GP Dr Phil Taylor explained: “We all know how important it is to us to have access to the best possible health and social care services. On average we see our GP about five times each year, and this number increases the older we get.

“As our local population ages the numbers of us living into very old age is rising rapidly. As the years go by we develop chronic diseases and disabilities. It’s tough getting old, and there is a real challenge in maintaining our quality of life.

“We know that if we can help people stay socially engaged, physically active and able to maintain a range of interests, their lives will be enhanced.

“Locally, we are fortunate to have many excellent services that have evolved over the years, but many, particularly the most frail, find it increasingly difficult to access them, and as this happens the problem will grow.

“What can we develop within our community, and how can health and social services evolve, to underpin the services required?

“From October 2015 our contract with Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to provide community services such as Axminster Hospital, district nursing and community physiotherapy is due for renewal.

“By the end of this year we need to decide exactly which services we want provided in the future and how they will be run.

“For us to make sure these services match what local people need we are holding a health summit at the Guildhall.

“At the summit we will explain a little more about what we do and what we need to do. We will also ask you for people’s thoughts, as we want to involve them in the development of future contracts for their local health services. We all know resources are not unlimited, and we need to make sure we identify the most appropriate priorities for our local area.”

“We know people have been asked to attend several public meetings during the last six months, but the issues around commissioning are vitally important. We are really keen to hear everyone, young or old, about how our health services can be designed and planned for them and the next generation.”

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