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TRFT Governors launching new Community Health Meetings

15 Jan 2015 11:19:19

 The Governors of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are launching a new series of Community Health Meetings, which will be the opportunity for Members of the Trust and public to find out about a range of different health topics from clinicians at the Trust.

The first meeting will see our Trust Dementia Care Lead Nurse, Maria Palmer, joined by Liz Hopkinson, Service Manager from the Rotherham Alzheimer’s Society and Deputy Chair for the local Dementia Action Alliance for Rotherham. Maria will be speaking about the impact of Dementia and the developments the Trust is undertaking in Dementia care and services we offer. There will also be information about what support is available locally for those living with Dementia and for family and friends of Dementia patients who are affected.

Dementia affects about 850,000 people in the UK and the risk of developing dementia increases as you get older. The condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65, but about 1 in six of us over the age of 80 will develop symptoms.

Maria said: “The event is to support people who are living with dementia and their carers and is an opportunity to see how we are working together locally through the Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance to support people.”

The meeting will include a series of presentations followed by time for any questions that attendees may have. There will be a chance to meet our Trust Governors, who will present information about their roles and information will be available about the upcoming Council of Governors Elections. It is also an opportunity to find out the latest Trust news from Trust Chairman, Martin Havenhand.

Lead Governor for the Trust, Jean Dearden, said: “The Governors are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce these events and host the meetings. They will enable us to meet with Members in our local communities, hearing their views on the services we provide.”

The Community Health Meeting will take place on Wednesday 4th February 2015, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at Rawmarsh People’s Centre, on Dale Road, Rotherham S62 5AL.

All the talks will be free to attend for members of the public or Trust, but places are limited so booking is essential, please call 01709 427800 or email foundation.trust@rothgen.nhs.uk if you would like to attend.

For more information please contact Laurie Crabtree in the TRFT press office on 01709 426084 or email laurie.crabtree@rothgen.nhs.uk  

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