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Meet the GPs in charge of health at voting health event

Residents in Leicester will have the opportunity to meet GPs from the Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) when they attend a public voting event on 2nd March. This marks the final part of an £80,000 new project called Health in your hands which aims to prevent and tackle lung disease in city communities.

On the voting day people will have the chance see a short two minute presentation from each community group and vote for their favourite. GPs from the CCG which will be responsible for health care locally from April 1 will also be attending to meet and greet local people throughout the day.

A panel of GPs from the governing body will be taking questions from the public at 1pm on the voting day. If you wish to ask the panel a question but cannot attend on the day or you would like to ask a question anonymously, please submit your questions in advance by 5pm Thursday February 28 to beinvolved@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk.

The voting event will take place on Saturday March 2, between 10am and 3pm at the Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester. Free refreshments and entertainment are also available.

Patients and members of the public still have time to register for the voting event. Up to 300 people can vote on the day. Voting places will be on a first come first served basis if people have not registered beforehand.

Professor Azhar Farooqi, GP and chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “This event will give patients and members of the public an opportunity to ask questions about the local health agenda and their local health service to a panel representing our CCG governing body.”

In January, the CCG invited community groups in Leicester to bid for pots of money between £500 and £5,000 to prevent and manage lung disease in their area. The specific disease is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For the purpose of this project it will simply be called lung disease.

The city has been divided into three areas, East, South and West, based on parliamentary constituencies, and each area will be given £20,000 to choose services which will help to prevent people from developing lung disease or to help those who are already living with the condition. There will also be £20,000 available for city-wide schemes, making £80,000 in total.

For more information get in touch with the communications and engagement team on 0116 295 1123 or visit www.health-in-your-hands.co.uk. You can register for the event online or over the phone.


For interviews or more information please contact Liz Thomas, Communications and Engagement Officer on 0116 295 4159 or liz.thomas@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

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