The deadline is fast approaching for Emsworth area residents to take part in an NHS survey on the future of their GP practice.
People have until noon this Friday (November 16) to complete the short survey online – or hand in hard copies by no later than 5.30pm tomorrow (Thursday) at Emsworth Surgery or its branch in Westbourne.
More than 300 copies of the survey were handed out to around 250 people who attended the second public drop-in session on the future of the surgery at the Slipper Sailing Club, Emsworth last night. The first drop-in was in Westbourne last week.
Emsworth GP Dr William Denby said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended both the drop-ins, which we hope they found informative.
“From the feedback in the room, I think more people are now aware of not only the different options under consideration, but they have a greater understanding of the various issues which will need to be taken into consideration when a decision is taken on our preferred way forward.”
Sara Tiller, the Managing Director of NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are listening to what people tell us. On Friday, we will start to evaluate the responses and feedback that we have had from the public so that it can help inform the decision-making process.”
The survey lists the nine options currently being reviewed and asks people which ideas would be best for them and their family – and why.
GP Partners at Emsworth Surgery are looking to possibly relocate to a new site to help meet the increasing health needs of a growing population and provide the best and most up-to-date facilities and services they can for their patients.
The options include moving to a new site at Redlands Lane, moving in to a refurbished Emsworth Victoria Cottage Hospital, finding a new site or remaining at their existing location. An outline business case for the preferred option needs to be submitted to NHS England by December 21, 2018.
The online survey can be accessed via the CCG website www.southeasternhampshire.ccg.nhs.uk, the Emsworth Surgery website via.www.emsworthsurgery.co.uk or direct at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/emsworthsurgery.