Needs of village patients are discussed at meeting

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Patients concerned about the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery have held another meeting with health bosses.

Buckshaw Patient Participation Group (PPG) feared for the practice when NHS England announced it would put the contract to run it out for tender, rather than automatically renew it.

Members of the group have been attending meetings to get involved in the process and find out more about it.

Sarah Jane Riggott and Kenneth Webb, the PPG’s co-chairmen, along with four members, recently went to a “most productive and informative” meeting with representatives from Public Health England and NHS England.

They discussed the needs assessment for the surgery, which looks at the health needs of the people registered there.

Jane Beenstock, from NHS England, presented the findings so far for both the key demographic factors and the level of deprivation within the registered population.

Buckshaw PPG were able to discuss these findings in depth and add their own insight and knowledge of the local area to the discussion.

Another meeting is scheduled to be held at the end of the month to discuss the progress made.