Alton residents urged to have their say on health services

NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for planning, developing and paying for health services in the area. In partnership with the organisations which provide care locally, the CCG is currently reviewing how and where care is provided for the people of Alton and surrounding villages.

With the population of Alton and the surrounding area increasing substantially over the coming years the CCG is considering what changes might be needed to ensure that health and care services are fit for the future. This includes GP and community services, hospital care, mental health services and health-related social care.

With more people living longer and increasing rates of long term conditions such as diabetes, as well as the continuing financial challenges for the NHS and social care, the CCG is focussing on developing patient-centred services, with all the organisations which provide care working together as efficiently as possible.

As part of the review process, and to make sure that local people are kept informed and are engaged as much as possible, the CCG is holding a public event in the town next month.

People who live or work in the area are being encouraged to go along to the Maltings Centre on the 12th January 2016 any time between 3.00pm and 8.30pm where they will be able find out more about the review of services, ask questions and give their views.

Graham Wallis, the CCG’s Accountable Officer, says: “We are keen to hear the opinions and experiences of the people who use health and care services in the Alton area so that we can take their views into account when we are planning for the future. The CCG is leading a very comprehensive review of health and health-related care services in Alton and a key element of that review is to hear the views of the people who use those services. We need people to tell us what works well and what could be improved for the future.”