A push by health chiefs to encourage Fylde and Wyre residents to get involved in local care will improve services in the area, it has been claimed.
Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw has welcomed efforts from the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to boost patient participation.
The CCG is inviting residents to join a patient participation group and help influence health care on the Fylde coast.
The groups enable patients to work alongside staff to share their views on local services.
Mr Ollerenshaw said: “I think this is a great idea – patient participation groups have shown a wide variety of benefits for local people wherever they’ve been implemented, and I think that we can only benefit from seeing more people join up in our area.
“I hope that the CCGs push for more participation will see an increase in people joining patient participation groups and, hopefully, we can continue to build upon our already fantastic health care system.”
Kevin Toole, lay member for patient involvement and participation at the CCG, said: “PPGs are a crucial vehicle for hearing the voice of patients and helping us to make improvements when required.”
For more information about the patient participation groups, visit www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk.