The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. To help the local NHS invest in the right support, Diana Blackmun, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire, welcomed a group of local residents to share their ideas on ways the NHS could improve services in Central Bedfordshire.

Discussions around hospital services, GP practices, Mental Health and many other health and community services got everyone engaged. Comments included:

“more support and help required for children with low level issues e.g. anxiety and eating disorders”

“invest in community services to provide help at home, social interaction and exercise”

“first responders and ambulance crews always arrive quickly and are great at their jobs”

“opticians are too expensive for pensioners, e.g. £158 to change two lenses”

“make nurses feel valued”

“funding for training in the UK for Doctors and Nurses to stay in the UK”

“support for older people after hospital treatment/operation, appropriate to them”

“re-introduce a ‘cottage-type’ hospital/convalescent facility offering routine tests, physio, assessments, wrap-around services to free up hospital beds”

What would you do to improve health services in Central Bedfordshire? Have your say: