Islanders Have Their Say On Health In Video Messages

hospital  nhs sign 2Video recordings of islanders’ views on healthcare will be presented to health service decision makers.

At the Carn Gwavel Living Well event yesterday, locals shared their experiences and explained what they wanted from health care.

Those films and written statements will go before the board of the Kernow Commissioning Group. They are the body that decides where patients across Scilly and Cornwall can go for hospital treatment.

Ben Mitchell, events coordinator of NHS Cornwall, says that the board wanted islanders’ healthcare ‘stories’ because they don’t have the chance to interact with patients “on the front line.”

The new, Living Well concept has been trialled in Newquay and Penryn and it was unveiled here before a Cornwall-wide launch in April.

Ben says it gives patients a say in how they are treated and supported by the health service.

Yesterday, islanders recording messages said that they wanted to reduce the number of mainland medical visits and when they do go to Cornwall, they want health staff to recognise the challenges faced by patients traveling from Scilly.

The event, which was split between the Wellbeing Centre and a marquee on the school football field, featured over a dozen stalls from mainland health and social care groups.

But some attendees felt that attendance was much lower than similar health fairs held previously in the Town Hall. Some exhibitors thought that the tent on the field seemed “isolated.”

The Council’s Joel Williams said the day will be evaluated before plans for next year’s event are agreed. He added that the get-together gave many of the mainland providers a chance to network with islanders, which was helpful.