Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 03/05/2013 16:00:19
Earlier diagnosis of dementia, support to help expectant mothers quit smoking and better services for people with mental health problems are just some of the NHS improvements residents in Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay, Whitstable and Sandwich can expect to see over the next year.
During its meeting in public on 1 May, the Governing Body of NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed the first Commissioning Plan for the area.
The Commissioning Plan sets out the CCG’s priorities and everything it intends to do to improve hospital, mental health and community services by March 2014.
At the meeting, which is held on a monthly basis, the Governing Body also responded to questions from local residents and agreed the financial plan and budgets.
Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal CGG, said: “We have worked closely with our partners and, most importantly our patients, to shape the Commissioning Plan. Now it’s approved we can begin putting our plans into practice.
“Our patients are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to securing the highest quality, cost-effective and compassionate care, as close to home for Canterbury and Coastal patients as far as possible. We genuinely value and look for patient input and feedback. I would urge people to continue to get in touch and share their experiences of NHS services to help us drive forward improvements.”
To view the Commissioning plan click here.