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Local healthcare plans take shape

02 December 2014

Delegates attending the CCG’s Stakeholder Forum at the Addison Centre in Kempston heard how plans are taking shape, and how the CCG will be taking forward separate programmes for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, incorporating the Healthcare Review and the Better Care Fund*, and recognising that the two boroughs have very different health and social care systems.  

As the progress report has confirmed that Bedford Hospital will continue to provide core facilities and services including inpatient beds, A&E, maternity and paediatrics, the CCG is now working with the hospital team to refine the analysis that’s been carried out and work through the financials. The joint team will also be looking at how the hospital can integrate more closely with GPs, community and social care providers, while forming networks with other hospitals in the region to provide access to high quality specialist services.

Local GPs are also investigating the formation of GP federations to improve outcomes for patients.

 “GP Federations are all about GP practices working more closely together to achieve economies of scale, provide additional services, reduce duplication and give local people access to a GP seven days a week,” explained Bedford GP and BCCG Vice Chair Dr Parry Okeden. “Across the CCG’s five localities (Bedford, West Mid Beds, Ivel Valley, Leighton Buzzard and Chiltern Vale), doctors are already in advanced discussions on how this can work for their patients.”

The CCG is committed to keeping local people closely involved in the programme as it takes shape, and forum members were asked to provide their initial views on the progress report and discuss how the key findings related to them and the people they cared for.

Lynn Hoppenbrouwers, Stakeholder Forum member and founder of the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum, said: “The fact that we are here and being asked for our views means we can feed into and influence the changes. It’s so important to involve the people who use these services.”

Now that the Healthcare Review has been completed, this activity will be taken forward under the banner of ‘Your Health in Bedfordshire’ for local people.

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