Local people share their views about how they want local health services to improve.

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has shared their feedback with us about the local implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan.

We’ve been speaking to people throughout Central Bedfordshire about how they would like to see the changes set out in the NHS Long Term Plan implemented. The plan sets out a number of ways in which NHS care needs to improve, so local communities took the opportunity to have their say about what those changes should look like – both in person and via an online survey.

We’ve held focus groups with the local community on general health care, cancer services and with a mental health support group, Minds2Gether. We will now share this feedback with local services to inform how the Long Term Plan is implemented in Central Bedfordshire.

What did people say?

We asked people to share their views about how the NHS can better support their overall health, and how it can improve care for specific conditions too.

People spoke to us about how the NHS can give them more control of their care, help them to stay healthy, and provide better support. They also shared their views about how the NHS can better support people affected by cancer and mental health.

Here are some examples of the feedback people shared with us.

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

“Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) could be more aware of very local needs and services – suggest a representative to have meetings with local people and listen to them”

Central Bedfordshire residents should be able to go to any number of hospitals for diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. This can also be during their care i.e. diagnosis at Bedford, treatment at Addenbrookes and aftercare at Luton”

“reintroduce District nurses, cottage hospitals, rehab units for elderly as well as others, to allow patients to move on from hospital and free beds”

“an amazing network of charities supporting cancer patients: MacMillan, Above & Beyond, Penny Brohn. But there is so much support out there that it is difficult to get an overview of which charity offers the best support for a particular issue, due to lack of communication. Suggest an algorithm, i.e. if you have this cancer, this is the best charity and/or organisation to help you – like the NHS symptoms checker”

“invest in more specialist nurses in GP surgeries for long term conditions”

“look to combine local services i.e. GP, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and acupuncture etc. in one place”

Want to have your say?

Whether it’s good or bad, we want to hear your experiences of health and social care services in Central Bedfordshire.

It could be about hospital visits or appointments with the doctor, dentist and optician, or your experience of residential care, services for mental health issues, home care, and more.

Your experience can help shape and improve future health and social care in Central Bedfordshire, so we want to hear from you. You can help make a difference!

Have your say