The Chatty Van Returns …

The Healthwatch “Chatty Van” is out and about in North Lancashire this week and South Cumbria next week asking Members of the public and staff across the Morecambe Bay area to contribute their thoughts on health and care as part of series of events.

In association with Lancashire Healthwatch, and on behalf of Bay Health & Care Partners, Healthwatch will be using the innovative ‘chatty van,’ which will visit nine locations across Morecambe Bay.   Dates we will be in Cumbria are below:

Tuesday 06/03/2018  Millom Tesco, Lancashire Rd, Millom LA18 4BX 10am-4pm

Wednesday 07/03/2018  Barrow Tesco, Cornerhouse Park, Hindpool Road, Barrow in Furness, LA14 2NE 10am-4pm

Thursday 08/03/2018 Kirkby Lonsdale –  Kirkby Londsdale Market , Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AN 9am-12am

Thursday 08/03/2018  Ulverston Booths, Oubas Hill, Canal Street, Ulverston, LA12 7LY  1pm-4pm

Friday 09/03/2018 Milnthorpe –  Milnthorpe Market, The Square, Milnthorpe, LA7 7QJ 9am-12am

Friday 09/03/2018  Kendal Morrisons, Queen Katherine’s Avenue, Kendal, LA9 6DU 1pm-4pm

This year the hospital Trust and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group are on target to make £30 million savings –  the health system across the Bay is being challenged to make further savings to live within its budget.

Andrew Bennett, Chief Officer, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We have come a long way in a short period of time, but we’re being challenged to go even further and at a faster pace. In addition we need to plan for the future health needs of our local population, address rising demand, and changes in technology and gaps in the workforce.

“It will also not come as a surprise to learn our financial position has deteriorated as funding levels have got tighter. It is still costing us more to deliver local healthcare across Morecambe Bay than we receive. For every £1.00 the Morecambe Bay health system receives, we are spending £1.20.

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust said, “We have no plans to close any of our hospitals or to reduce the overall number of clinical staff. They are a vital part of the health system, however to keep pace with change and demand, the services delivered in our hospitals and communities may change in the future.”

“We want to hear the public’s thoughts and hope as many people as possible can contribute through the Chatty Van visits across the Bay, via a paper or on-line survey, or emailing their feedback via the Better Care Together website.”

If anyone is unable to attend any of the sessions, please contact: 01524 518638 or visit www.bettercaretogether.co.uk where they will find a survey they can fill in or leave their comments on the topics being discussed.

People can also access the survey here: MB Health Survey