Health chief outlines aspirations for 2014
07:14 04 January 2014
Health chiefs in Great Yarmouth and Waveney are aiming to progress their vision of commissioning for better health, better care and better value for people on the east coast.
With plans for a major overhaul of health services in the Lowestoft area to be discussed soon, HealthEast – the clinical commissioning group for Yarmouth and Waveney – will also launch a consultation at the end of this month over plans to cut mental health bed numbers in the area.
Since the organisation took over responsibility for health services in April last year, clinicians at HealthEast have been making the decisions about hospital care, mental health and community services for more than 230,000 people living in the area.
And reflecting on the past nine months, while looking ahead to further progression this year, Andy Evans, chief executive of HealthEast, said: “It’s gone very well as far as we are concerned. We have much more clinician involvement than ever before, with the GPs in the area heavily involved. I think the aspirations for this year will be for continued improvements and investment in patient care.”
With the £6m Kirkley Mill development soon to open in south Lowestoft, and potentially be followed by a second phase to the scheme, a new £5m health centre in Reydon will also open later this year – bringing high quality services closer to home for people living in the Reydon and Southwold area.
Ideas for a new development on the Lowestoft Hospital site in Tennyson Road, which will close later this year, are also set for discussion. Mr Evans said: “We will have a meeting later this month with the county council, district council, the hospital and the planners to discuss what is the best opportunity of using this land for the benefit of the people of Lowestoft.”
A three-month mental health consultation will also launch soon. Mr Evans added: “We really want to hear what people think about the mental health trust’s strategy.”
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