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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Wednesday 12th March 2019

Postedon 12th March, 2019 in News

Subject: Healthwatch Roadshow aims to put Somerset people in the driving seat on health and social care issues

Staff and volunteers from the county’s independent health and care champion, Healthwatch Somerset will be taking to the roads of Somerset in March to find out what people think about their local health and care services.

Healthwatch Somerset aims to speak to at least 500 people from all corners of the county as part of its ‘Campervan and Comments Tour.’ The roadshow will travel almost 260 miles zig-zagging around Somerset in a classic 1969 VW campervan and park up at key locations around the county to gather the views of people of all ages.

Emily Taylor, Healthwatch Somerset Manager, explained: “We want to reach at least 500 people from all over Somerset in just one week. We thought it would be a great idea to hire a campervan and visit places where people might not have heard of Healthwatch before. The role of a local Healthwatch is to make sure the health and care system in the area meets the needs of the people who use it. Feedback is gathered from patients and their families on services such as GP surgeries, care homes, hospitals, mental health and social care. These findings are then taken to the organisations which plan, pay for and deliver health and care services. Somerset is a very rural county and we thought a roadshow would be a great way to reach more people and give them the opportunity to have their voice heard.”

The roadshow will visit:

Friday 15 March
Frome Cattle Market Car Park – 2.30pm to 5pm

Saturday 16 March
Cox’s Yard Public Car Park, Somerton – 9am to 12 noon
Goldenstones Car Park, Yeovil – 12.30pm to 2pm
Yeovil District Hospital – 2.30pm to 5pm

Sunday 17 March
Shepton Mallet Market – 10am to 12.30
St Dunstan’s Car Park, Glastonbury – 1.30pm to 4pm

Monday 18 March
South Petherton Hospital – 10am to 12 noon
The Meadows Surgery, Ilminster – 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Staff Car Park at The Lace Mill, Chard – 3pm to 5pm

Tuesday 19 March
Fore Street, Taunton – 9am to 11am
Richard Huish College, Taunton – 11.15am to 1.15pm
Asda Supermarket Car Park, Wellington – 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Wednesday 20 March
Morrisons Supermarket Car Park, Minehead – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Harbour Road Car Park, Watchet – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Thursday 21 March
Fore Street, Bridgwater – 9am to 12 noon
Highbridge Medical Practice – 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Tesco Supermarket Car Park, Burnham-on-Sea – 3pm to 5pm

Friday 22 March
Cheddar Medical Centre – 9am to 12 noon

Come and visit us to share your views for a chance to win a £10 high street gift voucher if you tweet or share on Facebook using the #campervanontour or sign up to receive our e-bulletin. For the most up-to-date details on the roadshow, to download a flyer or view a short animation visit: healthwatchsomerset.co.uk/project/our-events/

Subject: Somerset Partnership’s Recovery Awareness Day Review – 27 February 2019

Since September 2018 Somerset Partnership’s Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Directorate have been supporting and developing patient participation in service improvement across a range of activities and projects, we now have over 50 Patient Partners involved in this enterprise and it has become clear that this has enabled a supportive network where people with lived experience of using mental health services are able to support one another in their recovery journeys. On Thursday 27th February 40 staff from our mental health service and 10 Patient Partners spent the day together at the Exchange.

Click here to find out more.

Do you know someone with lived experience of using mental health services who wants to participate in making improvements?

See link below for details of the opportunities:


Subject: REMINDER: The Big SEND Information Day – 25 March 2019

Join us on Monday 25th March 2019 12:00 – 18:30 at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Westbourne Close, Yeovil. BA20 2DD for the Big SEND information day.

There will be a range of workshops and information stands available for parent carers and practitioners who work with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities. https://www.dropbox.com/s/6m025nn2j8uts5g/Big%20SEND%20Information%20Day%2025.3.19.pdf?dl=0

Parent carers can also book one to one sessions with a range of services and enjoy a little bit of a pamper and relax on us.

To find out more visit the forum website at https://somersetparentcarerforum.org.uk/the-big-send-information-day/

Subject: Do you know someone with lung disease? Come and join us tomorrow at the Breathe Easy Support Group, Bridgwater

The British Lung Foundation support group in Bridgwater, Breathe Easy is open to anyone with any form of lung disease, their carers, friends and family. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Hamp Street, Bridgwater TA6 6AW from 1.30pm-3.30pm. We have speakers at each session and it gives everyone the chance to talk to others living with lung disease and to share experiences and practical tips. Please feel free to click on this link and print the poster

The programme for Spring 2019 is:-

Wednesday 13 March
Charlie Acton-Pearce – MIND, Somerset

Wednesday 10 April
Julie Bolton – AgeUK

Wednesday 8 May
Julia Perry, BOC

A warm welcome awaits you! For more information regarding these meetings, please contact the British Lung Foundation Helpline on 03000 030 555

Subject: Health campaigns – March 2019

This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week, highlighting, promoting and celebrating improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydrations locally, nationally and globally.

It’s also The Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week highlighting the importance of safer sleep for babies and how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Next Monday 18 March is Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, helping to inform, educate and prevent this form of child sexual abuse within the UK.