Shake-up of health services

Healthy Ripon has been set up to secure the future of Ripon Community Hospital. (28040611b.)
Healthy Ripon has been set up to secure the future of Ripon Community Hospital. (28040611b.)

Patients and members of the public can help shape the future of healthcare in Ripon after a major change in the way health services are managed.

Responsibility for the district’s healthcare has transferred to the newly-formed Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (HaRD CCG), headed by six local GPs including Ripon-based Dr Alistair Ingram, as part of a nationwide shake-up of NHS management.

The CCG represents 19 district GP practices and is responsible for providing – or buying in – health care services for the area’s 160,000 
population out of a £180mbudget.

Now the group has launched a patient participation network – called HaRD Net – to give feedback and help monitor and improve services. Managers are appealing for local people including patients, carers, and people from the voluntary sector to get involved.

A new health review strategy set up to help secure the future of Ripon Community Hospital, Healthy Ripon, has also been launched in the city, with Ripon Leisure Centre being mooted as a physiotherapy hotspot.

Talking to the Gazette, Janet Probert, director of partnerships and innovation at Harrogate District Foundation Trust said: “We want to create a really collaborative approach in the city. The idea of Healthy Ripon is that it is sustainable and is about everyone working together to create a healthier Ripon.”

lAnyone who wants to take part can visit the CCG’s website at Alternatively, contact the group by phone on 01423 859632.