Over the past month the Healthwatch team has been busy raising awareness and listening to people’s experiences of health and social care in Cumbria.
Healthwatch visits Cumbria Colleges
The team has been spending time at colleges around the County, talking with both students and staff to learn more about how young people in Cumbria feel about health and social care services. We were invited to provide presentations to several groups of social care students, which resulted in some lively debates and much sharing of experiences.
Community Road Shows
The team recently visited supermarkets in Penrith, Kendal, Barrow, Whitehaven and Millom. This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of Healthwatch Cumbria and talk to people about health and social care services. The common themes from these events were: difficulties in accessing GP appointments, concerns over the proposed changes in services at North Cumbria University Hospitals, cleanliness in hospitals, ambulance transport in the south of the county and on the positive side we received many comments about good GP practices.
Third Sector Support Groups
Healthwatch provided presentations to a number of third sector organisations this month such as The Stroke Association, West Cumbria Society for the Blind, West Cumbria Carers, the Northern Fells Group and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Through our presentations we were able to hear some of the concerns that members of the groups have. The Stroke Association told us that there is a lack of support for families post discharge and the M.S. Society raised concerns about parking at acute hospital sites for wheel chair users.
If you would like the Healthwatch team to visit your group please contact us on:
Tel: 03003 038 567
Healthwatch has been involved in PLACE visits this month; these are Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment. Findings from the assessments will be made public by services in due course.