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Fancy being a Governor for the local NHS?

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is looking to recruit local people to join its Council of Governors.

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Governors play an important role in the work of the Trust and can make a real difference.

In the Adur district (including Lancing, Shoreham-By-Sea and Southwick) there is one Governor seat up for election.

In the Crawley district there is one Governor seat up for election.

Peter Horn, Chair of SCFT, said:

“Our governors play a vital role in shaping the future of community services across Sussex, they help us to understand the needs of the local population and give voice to the communities that we serve.

“They come from all walks of life, with a wide variety of skills and experience. So if you are passionate about the NHS and want to help plot its course over the coming years, then you could be just the sort of person we are looking for.

The Trust provides a range of community services in people own homes, in clinics, GP surgeries and hospitals across Sussex.

If you are passionate about the health and wellbeing of people and would like to help shape the future direction of the Trust, please visit the website for full details: http://bit.ly/scftelection20 or call 01273 696011 ext. 1520.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 20 January.

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DIY doctors set to slash wait times in Crawley

It has been revealed that 23% of people in Crawley are waiting longer than two weeks to get seen by a GP – with thousands waiting over a month for an appointment.

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Recent NHS figures suggest that 56% of residents in the town were not offered a choice of time or date for their appointment, and six in ten did not get a same-day appointment with a GP.

44% of people in Crawley find it difficult to get through to their practice by phone, and 23% of people in town described the experience of booking a GP appointment as poor.

The new report comes from Medicspot, a digital health company hoping to put an end to the wait in Crawley by allowing doctors to perform remote examinations using equipment operated by the patient.

This new initiative allows doctors to listen to a patient’s heart and lungs, look into their ears and throat, and take their vitals including blood pressure, oxygen levels and body temperature – all without needing to be in the same room.

Dr Zubair Ahmed, Co-founder of Medicspot, says:

“In light of these figures, we hope our service will offer a convenient alternative for people in Crawley and help ease some of the pressures the NHS is facing.

“Longer wait times lead to more strain on an already struggling NHS. When patients are forced to wait weeks to see a GP, they often end up waiting for hours at A&E”, Dr Ahmed explains.

A national survey of patients who have used the new service revealed 40% of respondents would have gone to accident and emergency if they didn’t use Medicspot – generating a £1.2 million saving for the NHS.

This saving comes after news A&E waiting times have hit the worst level on record, with one in six patients waiting more than 4 hours and warnings that patients are about to endure one of the bleakest winters in NHS history.

Medicspot is already available in over 250 pharmacies across the UK, where patients pay £39 for a same-day GP consultation. The company plans to bring the service to pharmacies across Crawley early next year.

While the majority of Medicspot patients are comfortable operating the equipment themselves, a trained pharmacist is always available for those who need help.

The full report from Medicspot is available online at https://www.medicspot.co.uk/reports/gp-report-2019.

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