A SCHEME that aims to improve healthcare is being introduced at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
But before any changes are made, the NHS wants to speak to people who could benefit most from the pilot project.
It is part of the same day access service and that is a model we want to encourage.Dr David Chilvers
Patients with long-term conditions are being asked to join a group to offer an insight into their experience of health services in Gosport.
It comes as the town’s hospital has been chosen to pilot the model, which gives an area a budget for their population, and means cash can be spent on areas where it is needed most.
It will be delivered by the Gosport Multi-specialty Community Provider, which is made up of Southern Health and GP practices.
Dr David Chilvers, chairman of the Fareham & Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group said: ‘The MCP will be given a certain amount of money to provide services at the hospital.
‘It is up to it to decide how it can provide high-quality care for the public.
‘The hospital was chosen for the pilot because it has GPs working alongside providers from Southern Health.
‘It is part of the same-day access service and that is a model we want to encourage.’
The first meeting for patients with long-term conditions, and their relatives or carers, is on June 9 from 11am until 1pm at a town centre location yet to be confirmed.
Dr Donal Collins, the GP leading the transformation project, said: ‘The group will help take us to the next stage – but the NHS doesn’t want to move forward without the active participation of patients.
‘We are looking to change the approach from the existing arrangement of the NHS buying services from provider organisations to giving each MCP area a budget for their population and a set of outcomes.
‘We need to determine what these outcomes should be for Gosport, which is why we would like people with a keen interest in the NHS to join the group.’