Watchdog’s health probe

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A HEALTH watchdog working in the city wants to hear residents’ experiences of unplanned care services in Sheffield as part of its latest investigation.

The Sheffield Local Involvement Network or LINk is gathering information about people’s experiences with the accident and emergency department, the out of hours GP service, the walk-in centres and emergency dentists.

They have set up an action group looking at all the different elements of the unscheduled care system working in the city and what they each provide.

It also aims to look at communication issues with the public to ensure they know the best option to choose when they need treatment.

Mike Smith, chairman of Sheffield LINk, said: “We’d really like to hear real stories about unscheduled care from real people.

“NHS Sheffield admits the current system is a bit fragmented offering lots of different options for people but with little integration, and we’d like to find out people’s own experiences.”

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