Southern England NHS frontline services to get £69m investment

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Up to £69m will be invested in frontline NHS services in parts of southern England over the next four years, a report suggests.

A draft document proposes investments in North East Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath and East Berkshire.

Funds will go towards improving waiting times, self-care services and the creation of 14 new "health hubs" to provide weekend appointments.

An additional £11m will go towards improving mental health services.

'Digital services'

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Image caption The Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan, is one of 44 plans set up across the country to deliver better patient care

The hubs will be in Farnham, Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Yateley, Surrey Heath, Bracknell and Ascot.

The Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), is one of 44 plans set up across the country to deliver better patient care and improved efficiency across the NHS.

The document also outlines plans to help prevent diabetes and reduce alcohol-related deaths by introducing digital services, including technology to monitor blood pressure remotely and online consultations.

David Coppinger, cabinet member for adult services and health at the Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor, said residents and staff in the area should be "delighted" by the proposals.

'Strengthen bonds'

"These proposals are all about investment in facilities in acute hospitals and community services, including GP practices", he said.

"We are already doing what we can to make sure that our own staff and services match closely with what healthcare providers are doing, but this new plan will further strengthen those bonds."

Plans for a new multi-million pound radiotherapy centre built on the Wexham Park Hospital site in Slough has also been outlined in the document.

Sir Andrew Morris, chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "This is an exciting time for health and social care in our area.

"Our plan builds on the strong relationships already developed between councils and NHS organisations and it will make a real difference to care local people receive."

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