The event is part of the ongoing public consultation on proposals that have been developed as part of the Clinical Services Review, a major review into healthcare in Dorset.
The Clinical Services Review was launched as a response to major challenges which the NHS faces in Dorset. This includes a growing population, a workforce shortage, increased demand and a potential funding gap of £158m a year by 2020.
The event will take place at St Mary’s Longfleet Church Centre on Thursday 19 January. There is no need to book a place and anyone wanting to attend is welcome to drop in at any time between 2pm and 8pm.
Staff from the local healthcare community will be on hand to answer questions and direct people to how they can make their views known. Copies of the consultation document – Improving Dorset’s healthcare – and questionnaire will be available to take away.
Anyone who is unable to attend the event can still have their say by picking up a consultation document and questionnaire locally. Copies are available from a range of places including GP practices and hospitals. A full list of where copies can be collected from is available at www.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk along with links to an online version of both the consultation document and questionnaire.
People without internet access can call 01202 541946 to find out where they can pick up a copy locally or request a copy through the post.
There are lots of events happening throughout the consultation and everyone is welcome to attend them.
The public consultation runs up to 28 February 2017.
Members of the local media are welcome to attend the sessions. Please notify our Communications team prior to event. All interview requests should be directed to the Communications team.