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More chances for public to give views on health

[Friday 14 August 2009]

AROUND 2,000 people have so far responded to a survey about health services as part of NHS North Yorkshire and York’s summer road show.

The road show will be rolling into five different locations next week as follows:

  • Tuesday 18 August, Outside Town Hall, Skipton
  • Wednesday 19 August, Market Square, Thirsk
  • Thursday 20 August, Market Square, Helmsley
  • Friday 21 August, Market Square, Leyburn
  • Saturday 22 August, Market Place, Malton

Information obtained via the survey will be used to shape NHS North Yorkshire and York’s five-year strategy, determining how and where public money will be invested in health services in the region over the next five years.

As well as the chance to give views on health services, road show staff will also be handing out information on the NHS constitution and patients’ rights to choose where they want to be seen when they have been referred for specialist treatment by their GP.

Director of Strategy for NHS North Yorkshire and York, David Cockayne, said: “Our road show has already been a great success. So far we’ve managed to get out and speak to hundreds of people about our services and our plans. We’re only half way through and already we’ve had thousands of responses to our survey.

“As the local leader of the NHS, obtaining the views of local people is absolutely critical to ensuring that our five-year strategy meets their health needs. I would encourage anyone who sees us out and about to come and have a chat and complete one of our surveys. This really is a great opportunity to have your say on what you want from your local NHS and your views will make a real difference.”

Members of the public can get copies of the survey at the road show events or it can be completed online at www.northyorkshireandyork.nhs.uk

For further information contact the NHS North Yorkshire and York Communications Team on 01423 859616

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