People living across the Fylde Coast have been invited to watch the annual general meetings (AGMs) for the two NHS clinical commissioning groups in the area.

The AGMs of NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will be held jointly in an online session from 5pm on Tuesday 29 September and questions are welcomed in advance.

The event will be opened by Blackpool CCG chair Roy Fisher, who will introduce presentations on the annual reports and accounts for both organisations. Director of nursing and quality Jane Scattergood will give a short presentation on the local response to COVID-19 before the panel answers any questions received before the event.

Mr Fisher said: “Our AGMs are usually a great opportunity to have face-to-face contact with local residents to discuss healthcare services on the Fylde Coast.

“It is a great shame that we are unable to hold the event in public as we have done for the past few years as it always proves very popular.

“However we welcome anyone who wishes to observe the meeting and indeed ask a question. Any questions that do come in will be answered on the night.”

In preparation for the meeting the two CCGs, which are responsible for planning and buying health services across the Fylde Coast, have already published their annual reports on their websites. The reports set out the progress made to develop safe, high quality health services for local people. They also describe how the NHS has worked closely with local GPs, patients, carers, local authorities and partner organisations to shape plans for the future that put patients at the very heart of services.

If you wish to attend the meeting or ask a question, email [email protected] and a link will be sent for you to access the meeting. Questions must be submitted by Friday 25 September, however any questions received after this time and up to Friday 2 October will be answered within the minutes of the meeting and published online.

The meeting will be recorded and made available to view online for anyone unable to attend.