Have your say on new dermatology service

Residents of Medway, Swale, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley are being asked for their views on a new dermatology service for north Kent.

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, is leading the procurement on behalf of Medway, Swale and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Groups.

 

Stuart Jeffery, Deputy Managing Director at Medway CCG, said: “The current providers of dermatology services in the area have given notice on their contracts. We are in the process of procuring a new service, which will be largely based in the community, and will go live on 1 April 2019.

“We are talking to potential providers to ensure they can meet the area’s future requirements but, importantly, we want to know what matters most to patients.” 

In 2014 a patient survey was carried out across Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley, Swale and West Kent which looked at patient experience of dermatology services. More than 400 people responded saying that in the future, a short waiting time and a local service would be most important to them.

Stuart Jeffery continued: “Our long-term aim is very much to improve the dermatology service overall and provide more clinics within the community, closer to people’s homes.”

As well as running an online patient survey, Medway CCG is speaking to current staff and clinicians about what the future dermatology service should look like.

Visit www.medwayccg.nhs.uk/dermatology-in-north-kent

to find out more and complete the survey by Monday 22 October.

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Notes to Editors

  • Medway CCG is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, for the patient population of 299,660 across Medway.
  • Medway CCG’s main role is to plan and buy health services across the Medway towns. It works closely with patient groups, local public health, social care and voluntary sector partners to make sure the right services are available at the right time.
  • The CCG is one of 211 in the country, the Medway CCG is made up of GPs, other healthcare professionals and experienced commissioners dedicated to making Medway a healthier place to live.
  • It is committed to developing a strong clinically-led organisation that puts the needs of Medway residents at the heart of its decisions.
  • Medway Clinical Commissioning Group has a governing body made up of local GPs, a registered nurse and several lay members, all working with a network of health professionals across the area.