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Families get a say on health; East City News PERRY COMMON.

FAMILIES in east and north Birmingham are being asked how they would like local health care services to be redesigned.

Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust (BEN PCT) are holding public meetings to help shape the future of the service.

The PCT is consulting local people about proposed investments in end of life care and intermediate care services.

Top of the agenda is what to do with Sutton Cottage Hospital after the PCT announced it is looking to invest in additional intermediate care (rehabilitation) services.

This proposal will bring together all four sites for intermediate care bedded services into the two new Care Centres being built at Perry Common and Sheldon Heath.

The PCT also wants to allocate cash to additional end of life care services, which will provide more care to people who are in the last year of their life.

Both consultations propose an investment in local healthcare services, to increase provision to the local community.

There will be no loss in current services but they will be redesigned to better meet the needs of local patients.

The public meeting for the end of life care services is this afternoon at St Martin 's Church, Witton Lodge Road, Perry Common at 1pm and the Intermediate care services follows at 2pm.

Tomorrow the same format of both meetings will go ahead at Perry Common Assembly of God, The Ring, Witton Lodge Road, starting at 1pm.

On Wednesday, November 21 the two consultation meetings will be held at the Trinity Centre, Church Hill, Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield with the first starting at 6pm and the second at 7.30pm.

The end of life care services consultation will then take place on Tuesday November 27 at Castle Vale Library (College Room), Spitfire House, High Street, Castle Vale at 6pm then the intermediate consultation will be at 7.30pm.

There will be further meetings in December in Yardley and Bordesley Green.
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