'Find out and feedback' sessions to discuss Waltham Forest health services
Waltham Forest residents are being encouraged to attend drop-in events to give feedback on new plans to improve local health services.
The events will provide information on draft proposals that include creating GP ‘hubs’, making better use of existing buildings, developing the local workforce to meet the growing demand for services and developing Whipps Cross Hospital.
Dr Anwar Khan, Chair of NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
"In order to cope with the numbers of people moving to the area and more people living with long term conditions, we need to strengthen our partnership with local residents. The changes we are proposing will improve the A&E and maternity unit at Whipps Cross. But just as importantly we need to help people take more responsibility for their own health and manage their health and illnesses better – reducing the need to go to A&E and hospital in the first place.
“We want to provide better access to a wider range of health services within local communities and to do this we need to improve and make better use of our existing NHS and GP practice buildings.
“We are looking to identify the right local solutions for Waltham Forest, and how this might work differently in Leyton and Leytonstone, Walthamstow and Chingford. We’d like people to join us at these sessions so we can share our suggestions and hear their feedback.”
The proposals include the development of GP practices so they can provide a wider range of health services, which could include cancer and other disease screening (including gynaecology), minor surgery (such as vasectomies and colonoscopies), blood testing, treatment for skin conditions and physical therapy.
They also look to address the major challenges faced in Waltham Forest in recruiting and retaining the healthcare workforce. A recent local survey suggested 15% of GPs and 13% of nurses intend to retire in the next five years so Waltham Forest needs to attract more people to the professions, whilst creating new roles which take some of the pressure off GPs and ensure local residents can access healthcare more easily.
The proposals are drawn from East London’s Transforming Services Together (TST) programme and the CCG’s draft estates (i.e. buildings) strategy, both of which align with NHS England’s ‘Five Year Forward View’.
A proposal to develop Whipps Cross hospital with partners (subject to funding) and to strengthen the services provided at the site is also under consideration through the TST programme.
Drop-in session dates, times and venues:
- Tuesday 10 May, 3 – 5pm
Epicentre, 41 West Street, Leytonstone, E11 4LJ
- Wednesday 11 May, 5-7pm
Sir George Monoux College Conference Centre, 190 Chingford Rd, E17 5AA
- Thursday 12 May, 12 – 2pm
Chingford Lounge, Chingford Assembly Hall, Station Rd, London E4 7EN