Consultation launched on NHS service plans in north east Essex

Colchester General Hospital

Colchester General Hospital

Views are wanted from people across north east Essex about plans to shake up the way health care is delivered.

The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG) has outlined several proposals in a bid to take the pressure of Colchester General Hospital’s accident & emergency department, and deliver better quality care.

It hopes to provide more care closer to home, either in the home or the community, for services such as stroke rehabiliation and falls prevention.

Other proposals include turning the minor injuries units at Clacton and Harwich hospitals, and the Colchester Walk-in Centre, into urgent care centres to deal with non-life threatened patients who would otherwise go to A&E.

A 10 week consultation has been launched by NEE CCG running until January 31 with a number of ways to take part.

• Online at the Survey Monkey site

• Requesting a paper copy at neeccg.enquiries@nhs.net or by calling 01206 286 500.

• Emailing neeccg.haveyoursay@nhs.net

There are also a number of public meetings, details of which can be found below or online at the NEE CCG website.

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Dr Shane Gordon, clinical lead officer at the NEE CCG, said: “We believe these proposals will improve services for patients as well as making local NHS and other care services work more effectively.

“It will also help us to meet the expected future demand of our fasting growing local population.”

Public meetings

• Wednesday December 17, 7pm-9pm, Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester

• Tuesday January 6, 4pm-6pm & 7pm-9pm, Clacton Golf Club, West Road, Clacton

• Saturday January 10, 10am-12noon, Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester

• Saturday January 10, 2pm-4pm, Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Roadd, Clacton

• Tuesday January 13, 4pm-6pm & 7pm-9pm, United Reformed Church, Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX

• Wednesday January 14, 4pm-6pm & 7pm-9pm, Long Meadows Community Centre, Long Meadows, Dovercourt

• Friday January 23, 4pm-6pm & 7pm-9pm, Clacton Golf Club, West Road, Clacton

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