Residents of the new Welborne Garden Village will have a health and wellbeing hub on their doorstep within Welborne – that's the message from Fareham Borough Council and lead NHS commissioner for Welborne, Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, after a recent productive meeting to agree how the authorities would work together.
Hampshire CCG Partnership Chief Executive Maggie MacIsaac and Chairman Dr David Chilvers met with Fareham Borough Council Executive Leader Cllr Seán Woodward and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimwood to begin planning health and wellbeing services for the proposed new community of Welborne.
On the agenda for both sides was the growing demand for health services, the difficulty of recruiting new GPs and the innovative ways that technology could be used to help people better manage their own health and communicate with health professionals. Fareham is already one of the areas pioneering web consultations for GPs and a new 'Same Day' GP service will be available to 40,000 local people in the autumn to help manage the demands on local GP practices and cut waiting times for patients.
Dr David Chilvers, Chairman of the governing board for Fareham and Gosport CCG, said: "The CCG is committed to ensuring local people have a range of high quality, local health services to meet their needs. New technology, an ageing population and a shortage of GPs means that we have to change the way that care is provided in the future to ensure that we can deliver that commitment.
"We know that the way healthcare is delivered is changing so this is a fantastic opportunity to work with Fareham Borough Council and other partners to plan a hub which gives the future Welborne residents the best possible health and wellbeing support."
Cllr Seán Woodward said "I am delighted that we have agreed a way forward with the CCG that will bring a health and wellbeing hub to Welborne. There are some exciting opportunities to develop innovative, hi-tech solutions in Welborne which we hope will be attractive to new residents.
"We now expect to forge a strong partnership so that we can work together over the life of the development to get the right health services as the population grows. We want to achieve this in partnership and consultation with local people and will be holding special Community Action Team meetings with our CCG colleagues to gain people's views on what I know will be an exciting, healthy future for Fareham."
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Fareham and Gosport and South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning
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