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Halton residents urged to have a say on local health care
TWO new urgent medical care centres are set to open round the clock in Halton from next April.
One will be based at Halton Hospital in Runcorn and the other at Widnes walk-in centre in Caldwell Road.
Both will have diagnostic equipment, including x-ray facilities and ultrasound and be led by medical practitioners.
These are just two of the latest health improvements being introduced by Halton GPs from the borough's 17 practices who now plan, buy and monitor NHS services for Halton’s 126,000 patients.
They will provide emergency medical care for elderly patients to save them waiting to be assessed in hospital as well as planned treatment for all patients.
Simon Banks, chief executive of Halton Clinical Commissioning Group believes health care needs to be re-structured to increase care in the community.
Mr Banks said: “We are getting to the point where we need to make radical changes to the NHS. It is a time of rising demand and rising expectations.
“We want to maintain a high quality sustainable NHS with excellent patient experience but we need to do that in a different way.
“It will mean investing more in primary community care and less in hospital based care. The consequences are wards will close and beds will go.
“The expertise of those staff needs to be directed into the community setting.”
Halton residents are invited to have a say on the future of local health and social care services on Tuesday, October 29.
You can tell health chiefs what you think is most important for the area and find out what has been happening over the past six months.
The meetings are at Runcorn Town Hall from 1pm to 3pm and at Select Stadium in Widnes from 5pm to 7pm.
To book a place, call 01928 593479 or e-mail email@example.com Refreshments will be served.
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