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NHS Services In Dorset Under Review


8:02am 25th September 2014

The future shape of NHS services in Dorset is currently under review.

A meeting's being held in Weymouth today where patients can find out more about major proposals, including the controversial Care Data Project.

That's a national project where health professionals share patient information.

The two hour event will be chaired and moderated by an independent Weymouth patient- Michel Hooper-Immins, Chairman of the Weymouth & Portland Health Network, the CCG's local patient forum.

"Patients must be at the centre of everything the Dorset NHS undertakes," says Michel Hooper-Immins "and as a patient representative I am determined that the views of patients will be heard very loudly in this reconfiguration of services. We don't want cuts in NHS services, we need better organised services in local areas."

Dr. Karen Kirkham, Weymouth GP and CCG Locality Chair, will talk about the "Better Together" programme, where by working in tandem, health and social care providers can provide better care for the frail elderly and people with multiple long term conditions in local communities.

Dr. Forbes Watson, NHS Dorset CCG Chair said "As a member based public organisation we are committed to keeping local people informed about our plans and ways they can help influence healthcare services that they or their families may use. Every day we hear in the media about the NHS, be it positive, negative and at times speculative, so we would encourage people to come and find out about these three high profile projects first hand and ask any questions that they may have."

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