Quality care tops wish-list

Pictured is the DRI  Day Surgery Unit's discharge lounge.
Pictured is the DRI Day Surgery Unit's discharge lounge.
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Detecting and treating cancer, and services at GP practices, top the list of healthcare priorities in Doncaster according to the interim results of a public survey.

The Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group launched the online healthcare survey to find out how people think the town’s £415 million NHS budget should be spent next year.

Good quality care and getting the best results from that care were also high up on the list - and were judged as more important than making the services as local as possible.

Dr Nick Tupper, chairman of Doncaster CCG, said: “We would like to know which areas of healthcare people would like us to give an extra focus to next year. This is the first time we’ve tried an online survey to gather feedback. It closes on Monday and the responses will then be analysed and used to inform a planning event where we’ll be discussing our priority plans for 2014-15.”

The findings come as health officials welcomed the opening of a new day surgery unit offering state-of-the-art facilities at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. The unit is the final part of a £1.8m development also comprising a new theatre assessment unit and a refurbished children’s surgical unit.

Jay Dugar, ENT surgeon and clinical director for theatres, said: “We can perform much more complex operations on a day-case basis that previously would have required an overnight stay.”

There are two single-sex bays in the unit - each with spaces for six patients - plus two single rooms with en-suite facilities.

There is also a comfortable lounge for patients awaiting discharge.

Complete Doncaster CCG’s healthcare survey before Monday at Survey Monkey