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​​Working together for better care​


From April 2016, the four main local NHS organisations will be working more closely than ever before to deliver better quality care for Richmond residents. Local Hospitals, GPs and the community health trust will be joining forces to find better ways to care for people at the end of life, who are frail and elderly, have diabetes, respiratory illnesses or heart conditions.

​The local NHS providers are seeking to make meaningful improvements to the care people experience, keeping them out of hospital and healthier and ultimately saving the NHS time and money in ​the process.

On November 26, Healthwatch Richmond are giving local people the opportunity to meet the local doctors and nurses involved, to hear about why these changes are taking place, what will change and what it means for the patients.

Dr Kieran O’Flynn, Medical Director of Richmond GP Alliance, said: “We are working to redesign patient care locally, so that patients can be treated by the GPs, the hospital specialists and the community teams working together in a single integrated collaboration. In this way, we will improve patient experience, reduce costs and treat patients closer to home.”

Dr Graham Lewis, local GP and Chair of Richmond Clinical Commissoning Group (CCG), said: “We are working closely with our partners to improve healthcare for people in the borough. We are developing services that are more integrated and accessible and achieve the outcomes that people have told us are important to them."

Visit the free exhibition on November 26 from 14:00-15:00 or book a place at the public event from 15:00-17:00. To register call 020 8099 5335 or visit www.healthwatchrichmond.co.uk for more information. ​