A PUBLIC consultation on proposals to widen the range of services for patients at Ashfield Health Village has been launched by health bosses.
NHS Nottinghamshire County has announced plans to bring an increased number of services to the Kirkby centre in an effort to meet the changing health needs of local people.
Under the proposals, which are detailed in a report titled a ‘Vision for a Healthier Ashfield’, there will be improvements to:
existing services for older people through the development of a ‘one-stop service’ approach to care
services for people with dementia
services for people with long-term conditions – especially diabetes
health and wellbeing, including primary care services such as family doctors.
Dr Raian Sheikh, clinical lead for the Mansfield and Ashfield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Through implementing this vision, we are determined to deliver the best possible care for local people and to ensure that our strategy delivers real change and real improvements.”
The consultation runs until 9th September and includes public meetings at the Health Village on 3rd July, from 6-8pm, at The Towers on Botany Avenue, Mansfield on 17th July from 2pm to 4pm and at the Summit Centre on Pavilion Road, Kirkby on 9th August from 6pm to 8pm.
People can get information and leave feedback at a dedicated stand set-up in Ashfield Health Village, and also have their say online by visiting www.nottspct.nhs.uk.
Deborah Jaines, chief operating officer at Mansfield and Ashfield CCG, said that the proposals address some of the health problems that the area is facing in the coming years.
“Like everywhere else we are also facing a health ‘time bomb’, due to our ageing population, a growing bill for drugs and an increase in diseases such as diabetes and heart failure,” she said.
“This health ‘time bomb’ is a real issue for Ashfield, where, as a district, the health of local people is generally worse than the England average. Therefore we now need to look at how some of our health services are targeted in Ashfield to improve people’s health.”
Last month proposals were announced that four wards based at the Health Village will be moved elsewhere.
The wards, for stroke rehabilitation, dementia patients and brain injury rehabilitiation, will be moved to King’s Mill, Mansfield Community and Highbury hospitals.