Scilly’s Healthwatch Holding Their AGM Today

hospital  nhs sign 2If you have an interest in how islanders receive NHS or adult social services, you’re being invited to the Healthwatch Annual General Meeting today.

Healthwatch has the authority to investigate concerns and negotiate improvements with health service providers.

If you go to the AGM at St Mary’s Hall at 11am, you’ll hear about the health watchdog’s priorities for the next year.

These include signposting – that’s putting locals in touch with the support groups.

They’ll also discuss the Care Act, which means that the Council has to enable people to access independent financial advice to help steer them through care funding.

Children’s health and care services are also on the discussion list and the biggest concern remains medical travel.

Healthwatch manager Carol Clarke says the majority of the issues that islanders contact them about are directly related to our location.

She says it’s important to receive the feedback because services tend to be planned with Cornwall in mind and just slight adjustments by providers can make big differences for islanders.

Organisers of today’s event are also hoping you might want to get involved at the director level.

There are three vacancies for voluntary board members. Paul Charnock, Jane Hurd, Julia Day, Barbara Jones and Gordon Bilsborough want to continue, and director Tracy Smith is standing down at the AGM.

The meeting starts at 11am at St Mary’s Hall.