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Sharing views on health

Information on a range of health issues will be available to people out and about in Newton Abbot.

Representatives from South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for the majority of healthcare in the area, will be outside Asda on 4 September to hear shoppers’ views about local health services.

Dr Paul Johnson, CCG clinical lead for Newton Abbot, said: “We want to talk to shoppers about the health services that matter to them and to find out what they think about them.

“It will be an informal event and we are particularly keen to talk to people of working age who are often too busy to come to formal meetings but who may be able to spare us a few minutes on their lunch break or between shifts.

“We’d like to talk about many issues, such as the use of A&E, GP practices, and maternity services.”

As well as people from the CCG, there will be members of Newton Abbot practices’ Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), which involve patients in decisions about the range and quality of health services at practices.

They want to hear people’s views on how successfully Newton Abbot GP surgeries are working together to support patients and carers, as well as what PPGs can do to get more people involved.

Dr Ellie Rowe, the CCG’s clinical lead for commissioning, said: “We want to talk with as many people as possible.

“We want to know what people think they can expect from Newton Abbot’s minor injuries unit, and talk about how it could save them or their family a trip to A&E or their doctor.

“We’d also like to hear from women who have given birth at the Whitelake maternity unit at Newton Abbot Hospital and how that experience at the unit was for them.

“In addition, the event will give pregnant women who may be considering having their baby at Newton Abbot Hospital the chance to ask us any questions they may have.

“The information we get from members of the public can help to shape health services for the future.”

There will be an NHS stand outside Asda’s front entrance on the Friday, from 11.30am-2.30pm.