In my role as Chairman of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, I’ve seen first-hand how important it is that we work in partnership across the NHS, with Croydon Council and the voluntary sector to improve local health and care services and to give people the chance to take ownership of their own health.
This kind of education is invaluable, as once you can take better care of yourself, you inevitably become a happier and more fulfilled person.
Simply talking about the challenges you’re facing, supporting others and helping each other on your way makes people happier and reduces the need for specialist care.
My hope for the future is that we’re all far more aware of the simple steps we can take to ensure we’re living life as best we can – if this were to happen, I think the residents of Croydon would be far healthier and happier by 2030.
We also know that many people put off seeing their doctor when they first start to notice symptoms, often due to busy lifestyles and not having the time to go to an appointment. The result can be increased anxiety and deterioration of their health and wellbeing.
In Croydon, we have made seeing a GP easier. GP appointments are now available throughout the borough between 8am and 8pm, 365 days a year, so you can get the help and advice you need at a convenient time for you.
To book an appointment call your GP practice or NHS 111. You can also visit www.croydongphub.co.uk to find out how and where you can get an appointment first thing in the morning or later in the evening.
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