Healthwatch Cumbria facilitated a very successful first Treatment at a Distance focus group last night when local people came together to talk about ways that their experience of receiving treatment at a distance from their home could be improved for them, their families and/or carers.
The session started with Debbie Freake, Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) Director, giving a short presentation explaining that she was keen to hear from people about their ideas of what would make things easier. Many great ideas were discussed which included improved use of technology for relatives to enquire about patients’ wellbeing when they were unable to visit, ideas to support childcare when parents are receiving treatment, and ideas to support people who wish to visit and stay near those who are in a hospital away from home.
Further meetings are planned and Healthwatch Cumbria has also received requests for additional sessions in other locations and for a feedback form that could be used by people unable to attend a session. More information about this will be provided asap.
A report with be sent to the STP with a summary of all the feedback once the sessions are completed.