Demand for health services will soar

An expected surge in the demand for health services in Whitby and district as the number of elderly people in the area increases, has led an NHS body to seek people’s views.

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched an initiative called Fit 4 the Future as by 2021, it is predicted that the number of people aged 65 and over will have increased by 30%.

Currently, people aged over 65 already account for around 70% of healthcare spend and the CCG say it is expected this increase will have a significant impact on NHS resources.

Fit 4 the Future focusses on four key aspects of older people’s health including staying healthy, long term conditions, dementia and end of life care.

An event is planned for Friday 24 May at Whitby Pavilion from noon to 3pm for people to say what they think works well and what is important to them when accessing services.

An event already took place earlier this week in Castleton.

The aim of Fit 4 the Future is to give the CCG the opportunity to hear about people’s experiences, what they think works well and what is important to them when accessing services.

A major theme of Fit 4 the Duture is to prepare people for change and educate them about the challenges faced by organisations involved in providing care to the elderly.

Dr Mark Hodgson, lead for older people’s health at the CCG, said in particular, they expect to see a considerable increase in the number of patients living with a long term health condition such as heart or respiratory disease and also age-related mental health problems such as dementia.

He said: “As a Clinical Commissioning Group responsible for buying NHS services based on the needs of local patients, we think it is important to hear the views of over 65s, their families and carers, about what they want from local healthcare and how we can work together to design future services.

“We are very much looking forward to meeting with Whitby residents at our next event and hearing about their views and experiences.”

A range of information stalls wi and representatives from the CCG and voluntary and support groups will be at the event.