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The spotlight was put on the health of Crawley’s pensioners at an annual ‘summer showcase’.

Around 200 people attended a free health information fayre held by Crawley Older Persons Forum (COPF) at the Civic Hall on Friday (August 2).

The event could not be held last year due to a lack of funds.

Vanessa Kirby, from the COPF, said the event was a huge success.

She said: “I’m so pleased so many people have braved the bad weather. Everybody that’s come has learnt something.

“We need this in the town. We’ve got a lot of elderly people on Crawley and we need to cater to them.”

This year the event was funded by Age UK and West Sussex County Council.

The Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) attended and gave a presentation outlining plans for health services in the town.

Peter Nicholson, chair of CCG, revealed that there is major inequality in residents’ health in Crawley.

He said in Pound Hill the life expectancy is 84.6 years while in Broadfield and Bewbush it is 78.4 years.

He revealed that the CCG aims to improve the health of children and the CCG has asked the town’s youth mayor to design an information system that can be introduced in schools.

CCG is currently working to set up a service which will provide orthopaedics, podiatry, physiotherapy, rheumatology and pain management through one service.

This service - called the integrated Musculo Skeletal (MSK) service - aims to allow patients to deal with all those issues through one provider rather than having to join a queue to receive each service.

Residents will be asked for their views during a public update meeting on September 23.

Mr Nicholson urged residents to join the patient reference group (PRG) in order to comment on and make suggestions about projects such as these.

To find out more about the CCG call 01293 600300 ext 4139 or email CCCG.contactus-crawleyccg@nhs.net