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Enfield Council and Healthwatch Enfield are calling a public meeting to give you an opportunity to share your views about the proposals to reduce the number of hospitals providing planned operations for bones and joints, such as hip and knee replacements.

The meeting will see the Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, discussing the proposals and the impact these could have on you and the local hospitals.

Currently, Enfield residents can have a planned operation for bones and joints in one of 10 hospitals across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Doctors have looked at research about the procedures and, as a result, they are proposing to reduce the number of hospitals providing the surgeries. Instead, the doctors are suggesting to introduce large centres focusing on planned operations for bones and joints. If the changes are introduced, it could mean that Enfield residents may have to travel further for their assessment, surgery and rehabilitation.

The session will be held on Saturday, 13th October 10:00am – 12:00 at Community House, 311 Fore Street, London N9 0PZ. BSL interpreters and light refreshments will be available on the day.

Patricia Mecinska, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Enfield, said: ‘We have an opportunity to influence the future shape of services before any changes are finalised and a formal consultation process commences. It is important that Enfield residents make their views and opinions known and we have committed resources to capturing their feedback and taking it to commissioners and decision-makers. Although the proposals are at the early stages of being developed, the next steps should be informed by the preferences of local people’.

To book your space at the event on Saturday, simply call Healthwatch Enfield on 020 8373 6283 or book directly via Eventbrite: www.yourviews.eventbrite.co.uk

For anyone unable to attend, Healthwatch Enfield developed an online survey available at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/YourView/

More information about the proposed changes is available on Healthwatch Enfield website, www.healthwatchenfield.co.uk.

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