Healthwatch Want Your Views On Linking Health And Social Services In Scilly

hospital  nhs sign 2You’re being asked for your views on how the islands’ social and the health services can cut red tape and make processes easier for patients.

The government wants health and social care to be more joined up.

Previously, when an elderly patient is awaiting discharge from hospital, arranging their ongoing care package could involve multiple meetings between the patient or carer and different agencies.

Scilly and Cornwall has recently been awarded ‘Pioneer’ status to plan an integrated approach over the next five years.

Ideally, there’d be just one point of contact and funding will be targeted towards out-of-hospital care.

Isles of Scilly Healthwatch have arranged a discussion forum to share locals’ ideas. Part of their remit is to record views and opinion and this will be fed back to the NHS officials whom their manager met last week.

Attendees will be asked what needs to change and which community-based services and facilities we need to keep islanders healthy and well supported.

There’ll be two sessions on Thursday 28th November, from 11am at St Mary’s Church Hall and 7pm that evening at the Church Pavilion.

Healthwatch board member Jane Hurd says the meeting is open to all but you need to reserve a place as spaces will be limited.