Thanks to the fantastic response from patients and public, NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding more Listening Cafés in March.

The Listening Cafés operate on a drop-in basis where people can talk face to face with the CCG about any concerns, compliments or good ideas they have.

This month will see the cafés take a special theme around end of life care. To support this, the CCG is also seeking scenario-based views from members of the public via a short questionnaire.  The questionnaire can also be accessed online via the CCG’s website

All feedback will be used to help develop material for the Dying Matters Conference later this year, and will contribute to the development of end of life care for patients.

As well as talking about end of life care, Listening Cafés will enable people to share their health care experiences around any other issue.

The drop-in sessions will take place on the following dates, and there is no need to make an appointment.

  • 8 March 14, 10am – 4pm, Blackpool Winter Gardens (International Women’s Day)
  • 11 March 14, 2 – 4pm, Ansdell Library
  • 17 March 14, 2 – 4pm, St Annes Library
  • 18 March 14, 2 – 4pm, Poulton Library
  • 24 March 14, 2 – 4pm, Knott End Library

Jennie Collins, the CCG’s commissioning manager for cancer and end of life, said: “The open discussion of death is the last great taboo. If we are to improve end of life care in Fylde and Wyre, the first step must be to have an open dialogue with patients and their carers about their death, and to discuss the patient’s preferences for the end of their life freely.

“Once we have had that dialogue, we can treat and support patients who wish to remain at home through appropriate planning and teamwork.”

For further information about the drop-in sessions please contact the CCG on 01253 306400 or email



Notes to editors:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a group of 87 GPs from across the area whose role it is to plan and buy (or ‘commission’) healthcare services on behalf of local people.
  • The CCG commissions services for 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside including Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham, Lytham, St Anne’s on Sea and the rural villages of Fylde and Wyre.
  • The CCG has a total commissioning budget of £196million for the financial year 2013/14 and is committed to spending that money wisely for the benefit of local people.