IDEAS sought on NHS

A SERIES of workshops designed to look at what people want from their NHS in Suffolk are today swinging in to action.The Suffolk Primary Care Trust has organised the events to give people in the county the chance to help shape the health service over the next two years.

A SERIES of workshops designed to look at what people want from their NHS in Suffolk are today swinging in to action.

The Suffolk Primary Care Trust has organised the events to give people in the county the chance to help shape the health service over the next two years.

More than 25 people turned up to the first session in Bury St Edmunds on Monday and it is hoped hundreds more people will get the chance to have their say at a series of workshops happening throughout Suffolk in February and March.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were improving life for carers, ring-fencing cash for health promotion, more integrated services and better access for all.


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David Kanka, deputy director of public health, also gave a short presentation on the big issues for Suffolk.

He said: “People in Suffolk live relatively healthy lifestyles compared to people in England as a whole, but there is still a lot of work to do.

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“Smoking, weight problems and obesity, sexual health and alcohol related problems are all issues we really need to tackle.”

Participants then tackled questions on which areas of change they would like to see progressed.

Wendy Smith, Suffolk PCT's director of communications and external relationships, said: “We are very pleased that so many people came to share their views and are encouraged that people are so committed to healthcare in the county.

“The suggestions and views we get during our workshops will inform Suffolk PCT's plans for 2008 and beyond.”

Places at the workshops must be booked in advance.

This can be done at www.suffolkpct.nhs.uk or by contacting 01394 458898 and asking for a booking form.

There are also feedback questionnaires on the PCT's website.

Details of workshops in this area are:

February 1, Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket, 7pm-9pm

February 8, St Felix Church Hall, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, 2pm-4pm

February 21, The Guildhall, Hadleigh, 6.30pm-8.30pm

February 28, Aldeburgh and District Community Hospital, Aldeburgh, 2pm-4pm

March 1, The Board Room, Hartismere Hospital, Eye, 2pm-4pm

March 6, The Council Chamber, The Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

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