Scilly’s Healthwatch Moving To New Offices

porthcressa open day 2013Scilly’s Healthwatch is moving.

The organisation that monitors health and social services on behalf of the islands’ community is relocating from their Thoroughfare home of 6 years to the Council’s recently built Porthcressa workspaces.

They’ll take over the ground floor unit currently used by a carpet business.

In the last year, Healthwatch has developed a referral system so they can provide details of support groups that can help with a range of conditions.

Manager Carol Clarke says the new premises will be more suitable for visitors who need to access that information or browse their library of health and wellbeing leaflets.

And she says being opposite the library will make the service more convenient.

The higher profile site should also increase awareness of Healthwatch and encourage locals to call in for advice or to share their experiences of the NHS and social services.

The move will take place between the 13th and 17th July.

8 Responses to Scilly’s Healthwatch Moving To New Offices

  1. Margaret July 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Do our visitors really want to spend their time browsing the Health and Well being leaflets in their holiday time ? If that is so , why cannot they be available in the in the new library premises or the information centre on Porthcressa.

  2. Frank Offski July 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I’m surprised at the vacant plot, I’d have thought all those businesses looking to relocate because of our superior broadband would be knocking down the door and spaces like this would be at a premium.
    Surly the council didn’t get it wrong did they?

    • confused July 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

      vacant plot? Last time i walked past, it was: Becky’s cakes, Scilly Now + Then and Island carpets? If Healthwatch are jumping in to the island carpets space then there isnt any vacant plots?

  3. Mark Prebble July 4, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Dear John in exile
    Some of us who live here and rely on an increasingly fragmented health service are grateful that the dedicated staff and volunteers of the local Healthwatch are here to signpost services and stand in our corner giving voice to concerns about the services that many take for granted.
    The prospect of real cuts being made to the health services in this part of the world is not far away. Will the new owners of the hospital be as frank as the departing ones in stating that there is not enough money being made available for the current levels of service provision?

    • Onya Byke July 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Yada yada yada. Who pays the rent for offices that would otherwise be embarrassingly empty? Or is it just another exercise in papering over the cracks perchance?.

      Doubtless Healthwatch is valued and of benefit to the community; support it by all means but it is hardly a start up business is it?

      We will be building a baseball stadium or a velodrome next on the basis that “build it and they will come!”

      • strava addict July 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        oooooh ..a velodrome ? that would be awesome !

  4. Jonny Exile July 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Is this the right thing to do? I thought these units were specifically for small businesses rather than NGO style organisations like Healthwatch. Is this what’s going to happen with the Porthmellon units: they just get swallowed up by the never ending expansion of the Council and the likes of Healthwatch?

    If Healthwatch receives any taxpayers’ money and if it’s transferable wouldn’t it be better to put it towards paying for a full time midwife for the Islands and her/his accommodation rather than splashing out on new offices?

    • The Project Engineer! July 6, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I see Island carpets is up for sale at Porthcressa,so I checked the estate agents website for further details. If the details are correct,the Annual Rent is £250, not exactly a Market Rent is it! Should be more like £250 per week! Why doesn’t Radio Scilly move there!