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A New Health Deal for Trafford - Have your Say By 31st October

Time will soon be called on the 'new health deal for Trafford' public consultation.

With only days left until the NHS consultation which proposes changes to services at Trafford General closes, local residents are being urged to ensure that they have taken the opportunity to share their thoughts on the proposal.

The consultation, which officially closes at 5.00 pm on 31st October, provides local residents with a unique opportunity to respond to the proposed plans of how services will be provided at Trafford General Hospital in the future.

NHS clinicians have recognised that change is required if the hospital is to survive. The radical changes that are proposed will ensure that Trafford General Hospital has a bright and secure future. It will also enable funds to be released that are currently being wasted, to enable local GPs to fund a new integrated care system; providing more community-based health care services for local residents.

Dr George Kissen, medical director at NHS Trafford said, "I urge local residents to take a few minutes to read through the proposal, fill in the survey, and share their thoughts and views with us.

 "It is important that all Trafford residents have had a chance to influence the decision around the future of the local hospital, and which services will continue to be provided there, in a safe and effective way.

"No change at the hospital is not an option. It would be irresponsible of local GPs and clinicians, and go against all our ethics and morale beliefs, to potentially put the lives of our patients at risk by not addressing current issues. We have to take difficult decisions about where and how we should make changes to the current ways of working at the hospital, to ensure that we continue to provide the safest and best quality care services for our patients.

 "We want to ensure that the hospital continues to be a vibrant part of the local community, providing the highest levels of safe and quality health care, both today and for future generations to come.

"We believe that this is also what local residents want and expect of the NHS. As such we hope that people will trust our judgement and back this proposal."

Fill in the consultation survey online via the dedicated consultation website www.healthdeal.trafford.nhs.uk or on the free post consultation survey at the back of the hard copy consultation document.

Call 0161 873 6008 or e-mail  newhealthdeal@trafford.nhs.uk if you would like a hard copy of the document.