With growing pressure on the NHS - people living longer and more people living with specific conditions, changes are required to ensure the correct support is available and maintained. To gather local resident’s views, key questions were asked.
The NHS Long Term Plan sets out what the NHS wants to do better including helping people to live healthier lives, investing more in technology and community services, improving support and getting better at looking after people with long term conditions.
The Mid and South Essex STP covers the boroughs of Southend, Thurrock and part of Essex. Each local Healthwatch was asked to engage with their own residents to explore what is going well, what can be improved and what healthcare services are most important to them.
Overall, findings from both Surveys show improvements should be made via:
Reducing waiting times
Increase appointment opportunities
Information and Guidance for both diagnosed conditions and wider support offerings
The comprehensive report contains the results from Healthwatch Southend, Healthwatch Essex and Healthwatch Thurrock.
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