Following the centenary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Canowindra Hospital, a call has been sent out to locals to have their say in the future of the Health Service via a Clinical Services Plan (CSP).
Acting Director of the Western NSW Local Health District’s Health Intelligence Unit, Angela Firth said that developing a CSP for local health services was important to capture what might be needed in the future.
“A Clinical Services Plan looks at information about a local community, including projections about how things might change in the future, as well as incorporating local knowledge from organisations, other healthcare providers and community members.”
“That information can then be used to look at how services might need to develop in the future, including how services in neighbouring towns and the nearest regional centre can work together to make sure local needs are met. It also means that if opportunities for funding for services or infrastructure come up in the future, we have information at hand to build a business case.”
Local Health Service Manager, Janice Rumph echoed these sentiments saying, “The CSP will also look at infrastructure needs such as equipment and buildings.”
“Nothing ever stays the same in health – the needs of people living in a community change, the way we provide treatment and care changes, as does the technology we use.”
“A CSP sets out what some of those changes might look like and how health-care providers and the community will respond.”
Residents are asked to have their say via an online survey at bit.ly/canowindracsp and public forums, one of which was held on Wednesday, 9 June and the second of which will be held next Thursday, 17 June from 9am to 12pm at the Canowindra Services Club.