A long-term condition is something that cannot, at present be cured but can be controlled by medication and other therapies. Some examples of long-term conditions are diabetes, heart disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
There are over 15 million people living with a long-term health condition in England and advances in medication mean that people are living a lot longer with these conditions than would have been possible previously.
But these numbers are expected to rise due to an aging population and poor lifestyle choices. This means NHS organisations have to plan effectively for the future needs of their populations.
You can find out more about how Surrey Heartlands CCG is working to make sure our residents and patients continue to receive high-quality care in the future in our long-term plan which is soon to be published.
In this section you can find more information, advice and support about some of the major long-term conditions.