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Local NHS want patients to help shape pain service in West Lancashire

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is undertaking a review of what is currently available to support patients with chronic pain.

To help shape this review and ensure that it is right for patients, the CCG has appointed InHealth Pain Management Services (IPMS) and Connect Health to undertake separate reviews of the existing provision in West Lancashire and to enable them to make recommendations for the design and implementation of a new pain management service.

To do this, the CCG is encouraging residents to complete an online survey (paper versions are available upon request to anyone who does not have access to a computer by calling 01695 588 203) www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/iHelpCCG. The survey will remain open for comments until Friday 22 June 2018.

In addition, the CCG, along with IPMS and Connect Health want to meet with patients and residents who have a particular interest in the pain management service, by inviting them to meet the two organisations and to share their views of what an effective pain management service should look like at a listening event that will take place towards the end of June.

Mike Maguire, chief officer at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “When we started speaking to patients about the pain service offer in West Lancashire towards the end of 2016, we soon discovered that there were people living with pain day in day out, who were having to see their GP or visit hospital for treatment and pain relief medication.

“This insight really identified to us that we need to provide a specialist pain service in West Lancashire and the CCG has been working hard to help address this issue. We are now at a development stage with this vision and want those patients who may benefit from the service to help shape it.

“I would urge any residents or patients with a passion for wanting to help shape this service to take the time to complete the survey and to come and speak to the CCG and providers at our listening event later in June.”

To learn more about the CCG’s plan for a new specialist chronic pain service in West Lancashire, please visit their website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk or call 01695 588 203.

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