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Locals invited to Healthy Balance Event - 3 June 2015

01 Jun 2015 14:54:16
Helathy Balance Event 2015

Informing and involving Rotherham patients

PEOPLE in Rotherham are being invited to find out about and help improve their local health services on Wednesday 3rd June at the New York Stadium as the local NHS looks to achieve a healthy balance.

NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Healthwatch Rotherham have joined forces to host a ‘Healthy Balance’ event where local people to can find out about health services across the borough and help to shape and improve them in the future.

On the day, market stalls will highlight key projects and the current big issues for health services including:

• Developing your Emergency Centre – the future of urgent care
• Transforming mental health
• Keeping children safe
• Watching our figures (how we fund services)
• Efficiency challenge
• Primary care – GP services
• Healthwatch
• Changing the lives of people with long term conditions
• Medicines waste

At the event, Healthwatch Rotherham will launch their ‘how we listen to you’ campaign, which will provide an opportunity for people to raise issues important to them and to their community, and to design the way we listen to people in the future.

In addition, the fabulous Ray Hearne will be capturing comments and words, then writing them into a song to present to the CCG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) later in the day.

The event will also see the CCG presenting an overview of achievements, and future plans and challenges at its AGM. Members of the public are invited to attend, and will be able to ask questions and offer comments.

Dr Julie Kitlowski, local GP and chair of NHS Rotherham CCG, commented: “It is extremely important that we shape our health services around our patients’ needs, and to do this we need to have our patients involved at the heart of improving services.

“Working with clinicians, patients and our partners we have made some notable achievements in the last year, whilst we have faced many challenges. We want our local people to celebrate what we do well, but more importantly help us to improve services to continue to meet their needs.”

“It would be fantastic to see lots of patients at our Healthy Balance Event to hear what we have been doing for them locally and have their say as we present some of our key healthcare projects at the market stalls.”

For more information about the event, schedule for the day and how to book visit http://www.rotherhamccg.nhs.uk/Downloads/News/HealthyBalance_flyer.pdf.  Drinks and a sandwich will be available.

- Ends –

Prepared by Gordon Laidlaw, Head of Communications at NHS Rotherham CCG
on 07980 959137 or gordon.laidlaw@rotherhamccg.nhs.uk 

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