Work on mapping out future services is to start again, after Shaftesbury, Gillingham, South West Wiltshire and Somerset (SGSWWS) Community Services Reference Group held its third meeting on April 9.
The work on options, for community health and care services for people living in Shaftesbury, Gillingham and the surrounding areas which include possible locations; range of services, including beds, and how these might be provided, timescales and costings, is expected to take three months to complete.
Health and care professionals were working on developing future community services in the area, after the recent review of clinical services in Dorset.
Dr Simone Yule, a partner with the Blackmore Vale practice, who chairs the engagement reference group, said: “This is a really good example of how local people can be involved in discussions to shape the development of local health services’.
Dr Simone Yule, as lead GP for the North Dorset locality, sits on Dorset CCG’s governing body.
The public engagement reference group was set up to involve local people in the development of community services for Shaftesbury, Gillingham, South West Wiltshire and Somerset.
The reference group brings together representatives from various organisations including Healthwatch, town councils, patient participation groups, the Save Our Beds and mental health campaigns, Westminster Memorial Hospital League of Friends, council of governors and voluntary sector with health and care professionals from Dorset HealthCare and the clinical commissioning groups for Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset.