The NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for West Suffolk revealed the results of its Health Needs Assessment for Haverhill on Thursday (September 26).
Around 50 people were at the town’s leisure centre to hear the findings, based on research and public feedback including from an earlier forum held in June.
The need for clearer information about services are available in Haverhill was evident, and the CCG and Haverhill Town Council have compiled a directory and printed 2,000 of them, with the council aiming to compile a condensed version as a leaflet and distribute one to every Haverhill home.
Also mentioned was the need to improve transport to West Suffolk Hospital and to cut waiting times, with some people complaining it takes up to seven weeks to see their GP.
The need for improved ambulance response times was also mentioned, and better out of hours care and an overhaul of the 111 service.
Haverhill compared equally or favourable in health terms to England and overall and mostly to St Edmundsbury and Suffolk, but there are areas where it fell short such as higher teenage pregnancy and smoking rates.
The CCG’s chief operating officer Dr Ed Garratt said: “The information issue keeps coming up and we have made a good start and will commit more resources to getting information to the town.
“The ideas you have come up with are innovative and brilliant and we are committed to improving the health of Haverhill.”
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