Discover personal health budgets in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 12:44 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:47 24 February 2016

Dr Steve Kite

Dr Steve Kite

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People living with long term medical problems can learn about a new way to arrange their treatment in Welwyn Garden City tomorrow.

About 40 Hertfordshire people already have official “health budgets” to manage conditions such as diabetes, breathing difficulties or arthritis.

The budgets, agreed in Welwyn Hatfield by the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, can be spent wholly or partly on non-NHS services, such as private physiotherapy.

Health chiefs thinking of extending the budgets across the population have organised an open day at the Focolare Centre, next to St Bonaventure’s Church in Parkway.

Dr Steve Kite said: “Some people are happy for the NHS to arrange their healthcare but some people prefer to have more say and take responsibility for how and when they get the health services they need.

“A personal health budget is an allocation of NHS money which is given to an individual who needs extra support to manage their health condition, so that they can buy services that will enable them to improve their health and wellbeing.

“For example this could include paying for extra physiotherapy sessions or employing a personal assistant instead of being cared for by agency staff.”

To book a place, email engagement@enhertsccg.nhs.uk or call 01707 367 210.

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