People want NHS services open from 8am to 8pm every day


Residents have called for Crawley NHS services to be open from 8am to 8pm every day.

Crawley Clinical Commissiong Group (CCG) and Horsham & Mid-Sussex CCG has published residents’ comments on its draft plans for the towns’ NHS services.

A spokesman for the CCGs said people called for services in Crawley Hospital and the town’s GP practices to be provided from 8am to 8pm everyday, with good transport links.

Around 80 people saw a presentation on the CCGs’ Five Communities Plan (FCP) at the Charis Centre, West Green.

Nearly 250 residents attended events in Crawley, Horsham and Burgess Hill.

People emphasised the need for longer appointment slots for vulnerable patients at GP practices.

The CCG spokesman said: “Many felt that extended hours at GP practices would not necessarily benefit families, but would benefit working people and commuters.

“Emphasis was give for longer appointment slots for vulnerable patients.”

Plans to increase the range of services offered at the practices and community hospitals such as Crawley Hospital were supported.

Dr Amit Bhargava, lead GP for Crawley CCG urged the people of Crawley to give more feedback on the FCP.

He said: “The NHS must change - to do this with a flat level of funding and tightening budgets we must change the way we deliver and use NHS care.

“We are committed to being open and honest about the opportunities and also the tough challenges facing us and our patients.

“If we really want to keep our NHS for future generations let’s act now - together. Please get involved and have your say.”

Dr Minesh Patel, lead GP for Horsham & Mid-Sussex CCG added: “We need your help to test our thinking and see if the proposals will work for you, your family and future populations for our five local communities.”

The CCGs will take public feedback on its draft plans until early 2015.

To give feedback on the FCP, visit www.5communities