The future of local NHS services – have your say and get involved

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined forces with Newham and Tower Hamlets CCGs and Barts Health to develop a programme that is looking to invest more than £100 million in new health services and buildings over the next five years.

Local people are now being asked to give their views on the Transforming Services Together plans.

Over the next 15 years, more than 270,000 people are expected to move into east London – the equivalent of another London borough.

Dr Anwar Khan, Chair of NHS Waltham Forest 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 the 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 hear from people across the borough who have an interest in the NHS. We particularly want to know if you would like to be involved in developing the services of the future. You can sign up now on the website."

NHS Waltham Forest CCG and Barts Health aim to provide more care in GP surgeries, pharmacies and people's homes; develop a centre of excellence at Whipps Cross Hospital in some specialisms to improve care and make the service more efficient.

The NHS also needs to fix a lot of long-term problems. Poor quality estate, services that are often not joined up, computer systems that don't properly talk to each other all mean that patients often have to put up with a poor service.

We will be arranging drop-in events, workshops and focus groups over the next 12 weeks. To read the summary Strategy and Investment Case, get involved, make your views known and share your experiences please:

  • visit transformingservices.org.uk
  • write to Transforming Services Together, Fifth Floor, Clifton House, 75-77 Worship Street, London EC2A 2DU
  • phone 020 3688 1152.