Urgent call for more GPs and a new hospital for Horsham

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It comes from Horsham councilor Christine Costin, who said: ‘We need more local GPs, more surgeries, more easily accessible clinical services and closer supply for A&E and care of maternity.”

She spoke out amid a growing number of people in Horsham complaining about difficulties getting an appointment to see a doctor.

“There is no doubt that local services are under undue pressure,” Christine said.

A new appeal is launched for a new hospital in the Horsham area to cope with the district’s growing population

“That’s because promises to increase health service infrastructure to meet the massive increase in our population have not materialized.

“Large numbers of people have been added to the local population by successive long years of major developments which have added thousands of new residents without providing adequate infrastructure expansion.”

She called on people to write to their MP and local councillors.

“Unfortunately, getting a GP appointment can be very difficult. It can be frustrating, whether it’s just trying to get to surgery over the phone or negotiating the hurdles before you can see a doctor. in person.

“Those who cannot use the internet are missing out on a route that delivers answers as quickly as possible. Often a scheduled phone consultation is enough, but for many there is no substitute for a face-to-face consultation.

“It is not the fault of receptionists or staff that requests for GP services are increasing rapidly.”

And, she added: “Please be patient with your surgeries, but if you feel traumatized or worried about your health or the health of your family members, persist in seeking help.

“Use the internet ‘form’ as a means of contact, write your practitioner, phone again, write our MP, keep trying.

“There are lots of charities and volunteers trying to help. Use A&E if you need it – call 111 for advice and help.”

The pressure on the local health system is expected to increase further with larger developments underway in the district.

In North Horsham alone, the first of 2,750 new homes is currently under construction.

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