CCG chair and GP Dr Prakash Chandra invites all to have their say on local services


- Credit: Andrew Baker

East London is one of the most vibrant and diverse communities in the county, and we deserve the very best healthcare. However, we know that we have a rapidly growing population and there are increasing numbers of people suffering from long term conditions, such as diabetes, where we have an occurrence of almost double the national average. We want to change healthcare in Newham for the better so we meet residents needs, now and in the future.

We’re currently looking at the way that community health services in Newham are provided. This includes services like community nursing, physiotherapy, podiatry, health visitors and specialist services for people with diabetes.

As a GP, I know that often patients can feel as if they have to repeat themselves or work around the many different services and teams who deliver different aspects of their care – such as their GP, district nurses, social workers or specialist health teams. We want to make sure that in the future, different healthcare professionals will work together to provide a seamless, easy to access service for patients.

We also want to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital when there are often better options, including receiving care at home or at a local community health centre.

That’s why we’re asking residents to come along to a special event on April 14 and tell us their views. We want to know what you think about the range of community services and what you think these services should look like in the future. You’ll also be able to talk to the people leading this work and ask us questions about how these changes will benefit you.

The event takes place on April 14 from 5.30-8pm at Stratford Old Town Hall, 29 Broadway, E14 4BQ. Find out more or to confirm your attendanceTo stay informed about news and events related to transforming community health services in Newham, you can also email or call 020 3816 3852. More from Dr Prakash

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