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Access to health care in Hyndburn on the agenda
4:23pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS have been urged to have their say on access to health care in Hyndburn.
Cabinet member for health and communities, Coun Pam Barton, spoke out as East Lancashire health chiefs launched a consultation process to find out how often local people visit their GPs, out-of-hours services, and how often they use the walk-in centre at Accrington Victoria Hospital.
Coun Barton said: “These local health services cost a considerable amount of money and health chiefs are indicating that savings need to be made.
“Therefore some difficult decisions may also be necessary about where the savings will be and what services they will affect. “Evidence shows that services such as the walk in service at Accrington Victoria hospital are very popular, but this comes at a cost.
“We will strive to ensure residents of Hyndburn do not see a reduced primary health care service.”
A questionnaire will be available for people to complete in public buildings around the borough from libraries, GP practices and council buildings.It can also be accessed online by visiting the website www.eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/accrington-health-access-centre.
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