The latest local health and social care updates from Healthwatch Enfield, by Claire Fisher
Did you know that Dover House and Angel GP surgeries have merged?
The practices began to be co-located at Silverpoint in Fore Street, Edmonton, earlier this year and are now known simply as ‘Angel Surgery’. Patients of Dover House should call 020 8887 7555 for appointments.
Has your child ever needed a blood test? North Middlesex University Hospital has extended opening times for its children’s blood clinic, which now operates between 9am and 12pm as well as 1pm to 5pm during the week. You can book your child’s test online or simply call 020 8887 2366. Next I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who got involved in conversations on proposed changes to joint surgery (such as hip replacements) in Enfield.
We have now submitted our report with all your feedback to the North London Partners in Health and Care and you can read it on our website. Feedback from Enfield and other neighbouring boroughs is now being considered, with a view to deciding whether a more detailed proposal should be put together for public consultation early next year.
If you missed it in the last edition of Enfield Dispatch, proposals to reduce the number of hospitals that provide planned surgery for bones and joints are currently being considered. The operations would be provided in specialist centres instead. On the plus side, the centres could provide world-class care and bring teaching, research, and innovation opportunities to orthopaedics.
However, there is currently no information on where the centres might be located. Although one in two of those surveyed agreed with the concept of specialist centres, there was significant concern about travel implications, particularly for vulnerable groups. Our report finds that patients outlined clear caveats that any changes should guarantee shorter waiting times and better care; easy access for patients and their carers; and availability of high-quality staff and facilities. Stay tuned to Healthwatch Enfield for more information and updates on this.
Finally, what local health and social care services are most important to you? This month we are asking Enfield residents how they think our work could most help improve services. Please take our short online survey at smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PrioritiesNextYear
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