NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Primary Care Strategy is our plan for the future of general practice (family doctor services) and for the people who work with and utilise these services.
In North East Hampshire and Farnham we have 23 GP practices providing primary health care to 225,000 people in Aldershot, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Yateley and surrounding areas. In our area and nationally, the level of demand for health and social care services is rising rapidly. People are living longer and this means they develop more health problems and need more care. At the same time, there are about 20 GP vacancies in North East Hampshire and Farnham, and many new GPs choose to work part-time in order to pursue research or other clinical interests while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Due to the rising demand and workforce pressures, we know that the current system is unsustainable and we are looking to create a system which will be fit for the future needs of our population. If we do not take action we will simply be putting more money into a system that is not working properly, and by March 2020 there will be a significant gap between what we have and the services we need to pay for.
Through our Happy, Healthy, at Home programme, we are currently working with local citizens to explore how primary health care can best be delivered to people in our area. We would like to hear your thoughts on how you would like to receive primary health care and how we can work with you to ensure the right kinds of care and services are provided in our communities.
Please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZRTLFQZ and share your thoughts by December 7.