Dronfield patient event

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PATIENTS are being invited to have their say on the future direction of the NHS in Dronfield in a public event to be held on Tuesday, September 27 at Dronfield Civic Hall.

The event is to be led by the Dronfield Locality Group of GP practices who form part of the North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, who will be at the helm of the local NHS from April 2013.

During the landmark event views are to be sought on how people can get more involved in their health care including what the changes mean for patients, how clinical commissioning will improve decisions about health and the benefits of joining a patient participation group.

The event is to take place at Dronfield Civic Hall, Civic Centre, Dronfield S18 1PD on Tuesday September 27 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Dr Stuart Saunders, of Dronfield Medical Practice, said: “This is a new and exciting era for the local NHS in Dronfield and it’s important that as many people living in the area attend as possible so they can have their say.

“This event is the start of a real and meaningful conversation about what we can all do to better direct NHS resources so that we can truly realise the vision set out in the government’s ‘no decision about me without me’ mantra.”

There is no need to book, and people can simply turn up on the night. Light refreshments will be provided.

North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group will take charge of millions of pounds of NHS spending in 2013. They were given official ‘pathfinder’ status by the Department of Health to pilot health and social care reforms on behalf of 230,000 patients in the North Dales (Matlock to the Hope Valley), Chesterfield, Dronfield, Clowne and Bolsover area, and are currently shadowing the work of NHS Derbyshire.