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IMPROVED services for people with learning disabilities in Warrington will mean faster access to specialist health professionals.
Proposed changes to community health services will reduce the numbers of people admitted to hospital and increase support for families, carers and front line staff. It will also mean increased support outside traditional working hours.
Plans to improve specialist services for people with learning disabilities have been announced by the NHS in Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and Warrington.
The Primary Care Trusts are working with 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to create a more effective community-based service for patients with learning disabilities.
This will ensure that better services are available locally keeping the people that need them cared for in the community and closer to their friends and family.
The proposals will also recommend the transfer of inpatient services for residents of Knowsley, Halton, St Helens and Warrington to the Byron Unit in Hollins Park, Warrington, and that Willis House in Whiston is used for the delivery of community health services.
Janice Wycherley, specialist care commissioner for Warrington, said “We want to talk to local people to give them an opportunity to let us know what is important to them, so we can ensure that this new model of care will fully meet their needs.”
NHS Knowsley, Halton and St Helens and Warrington PCTs will be meeting key stakeholders and patient groups to talk about the changes to local services.
Further details about meetings are available by contacting 01925 815586.

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