Archive for July, 2016
People living in and around Alton are being urged to have their say on the future of health and care services in their area at the next Community Forum to be held in the town.
With the population of Alton and the surrounding area increasing substantially over the coming years residents are being asked to consider what changes might be needed to ensure that health and care services are fit for the future.
NHS North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning, developing and paying for health services in the area, will be speaking on the issue at the Community Forum on Tuesday 26 July.
A panel of experts will attend the meeting to guide residents through the issues and answer questions.
The CCG is reviewing how and where care is provided for the people of Alton and surrounding villages. 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.
Glynis Watts, chairman of the Community Forum for Alton and the Surrounding Villages, said: “We have a panel of four highly-knowledgeable people involved in the process who will really be able to talk you through the situation.
“They will bring you the latest information, take your questions and listen to your concerns. You will not get a better opportunity to find out the facts of the matter than at our Community Forum.
“Pressure is growing on all our public services and important decisions will have to be taken in the future. These services touch all our lives, whether for ourselves or our families, and I would urge everyone to come to the meeting, listen to the plans and express their points of view.”
The panel includes Zara Hyde-Peters, Director of Integration and Transformation, North Hampshire CCG, Paul Davey, Head of Communications and Engagement, North Hampshire CCG, Olwen Long, Alton Review Stakeholder Reference Group and Rosie Lewis, Alton Review Programme Team.
The meeting will be held at Alton Community Centre, Amery Street, GU34 1HN at 6.30pm. Before the meeting, from 5.30pm onwards, local Police Community Support Officers will be available to meet and chat to local people about policing issues in the area.
Residents have given East Hampshire District Council a ringing endorsement, according to the results of the latest survey into the council’s services.
Questionnaires returned by people chosen at random showed a far higher level of satisfaction than the previous survey in 2011.
More than 75 per cent of respondents said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of EHDC’s services, compared with 60 per cent five years ago.
Cllr Richard Millard, Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “These results are superb and show the people of East Hampshire are more than happy with the vast majority of our frontline services.
“It is harder than ever for councils to keep council tax low and maintain excellent public services but these results indicate our services are improving even as we cut our share of council tax by 2 per cent.
“Every year financial support from the government dwindles further but EHDC is determined not to cut back frontline services and instead seek out new ways of generating income.
“These results are a testament to the success of that ideal and the hard work and the smart policies of council.”
The survey saw an impressive result for the council’s waste collection, its most high-profile service, with 93 per cent agreeing they were either satisfied or very satisfied.
A total of 77 per cent of residents were also satisfied or very satisfied with electoral registration as were 72 per cent with the council’s collection of council tax.
Street cleaning, playgrounds and parks, car parks and planning also received a thumbs up from residents.
See a snapshot of the residents’ survey results here