Burntwood GP patients urged to have their say on future of practices

Jim Barlow and Sue Nabbs with Burntwood resident Gloria Brown

Jim Barlow and Sue Nabbs with Burntwood resident Gloria Brown

Patients registered with a GP in Burntwood are being urged to have their say on the location of their practice.

South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) is staging another event to encourage patients to help shape the future of healthcare in the area.

The PCT, in conjunction with Lichfield District Council, will hold a further public meeting on tomorrow (October 24) at 10am at Burntwood Library, Sankey’s Corner.

It follows the launch of public consultation events on August 10 which will continue until November 9 enabling patients registered with the eight GP Practices in Burntwood to have a say on their preferred choice of relocations.

The PCT carried out an appraisal of all potential sites in Burntwood, between January and April 2009.

Jim Barlow, Head of Primary Care Commissioning, South Staffordshire PCT said:

“This is a major project and an exciting time for the people of Burntwood to develop health services in the area. We want patients to give us their views as this will form an important part of the decision making process.”

In addition, a leaflet will be sent to residents in and around Burntwood throughout the consultation period. The leaflet includes a feedback sheet to enable people to say what their preferred location is.

Mr Barlow added:

“The reason for the change is due to GP Practices in the Burntwood area outgrowing their current premises and they are unable to offer new or extended services as they do not have the space. New facilities will be designed as a multi-purpose building which will provide an extended range of health and social care services including Children and Life Long Learning, Age Concern, Citizens Advice Bureau, Burntwood Live at Home, Alzheimers Society, Carers Association and Community Nursing staff.

“We will also maintain in the new facilities the opening hours offered through Burntwood Health and Wellbeing Centre, the new style of health centre which opened in March 2009, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year – offering a walk-in service.”

It is estimated that the new healthcare facilities will be open by late 2012. During the development period all GP practices will be operating as normal from their existing premises.

The PCT encourage the public to get involved in the range of public consultation activities, to either attend public meetings or to contact the PCT by telephone on 01889 571758 or by emailing sue.nabbs@southstaffspct.nhs.uk.

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