Healthwatch Holding Open Day At New Offices

healthwatch new officesYou can help shape Healthwatch’s priorities for the year ahead during a special event tomorrow.

The watchdog has the power to hold NHS or adult social care service providers used by islanders to account, whether those services are based in Scilly or on the mainland.

They are holding their first open day at their new Porthcressa offices.

In a recent survey, islanders said their biggest concern was medical travel arrangements, but maternity services and mental health provision were also raised.

Healthwatch Manager Carol Clarke says everything the organisation does stems from what people have told them.

You’ll be able to write your comments on a graffiti board and the feedback will shape their 2016 work targets.

Carol says any islander is welcome at the Healthwatch offices at any time and she feels that moving to their new base, opposite the library, has increased awareness of their work.

There’ll be a short quiz tomorrow to see what islanders really know about Healthwatch. Carol says the community needs to understand their work so they can make the most of them as a patient champion.

Cornwall has one Healthwatch group for 536,000 residents while our Healthwatch represents just 2,200 people.

But Carol says it is vital that we retain our own islands-based body because Scilly’s patient needs could be overlooked without it.

She says while the islands have excellent front-line care in the form of the Health Centre, dental practice, hospital and emergency services, there’s still some provision that could work better for residents.

Thursday’s session at Porthcressa will be a chance to meet directors of the grass roots-led organisation over a cup of tea and cake. It’s on from 11am.

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