Archive for March, 2014

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local residents to have a ‘Mini Chat’ and help shape the CCG’s five year strategy for health services.

Mini Chats are new and offer people a different way to get involved in their local NHS. The events complement the CCG’s regular Big Chats, which give people an update about the CCG’s current work. Mini Chats are more focused events, where local residents are invited to give their views about specific health topics.

The first Mini Chat took place in February and around 30 people attended. The next one on Tuesday 18 March will follow the same format, so anyone who was unable to come along to last month’s Mini Chat has a second chance to join the debate.

Dr Niall Leonard, Chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “We are shaping our strategy based on a wide range of information, data and medical evidence about health and health services in Southport and Formby, and this includes the views of local people.
“Our earlier Big Chats and other public events have already given us a wide range of views from people, and now at our Mini Chats we are asking for help to finalise our more detailed plans for future health services.”

So, people attending the first series of Mini Chats will hear a brief overview of the CCG’s five year strategy, before choosing to hear more about and comment on the topics that interest them the most.

There are eight topics that the CCG’s strategy focuses on – cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, primary care, children and support for end of life patients. Services for unplanned, or urgent care, will also be considered in each of these eight areas.

The next Mini Chat takes place on Tuesday 18 March 2014 at ‘The Atkinson’ gallery on Lord Street, Southport. Registration is from 6pm and the event will run from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you would like to attend, please email D. W. to book your place – or call on –