Worcester News Article – 15th November

On Thursday 18th November Mari Gay from NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will be attending our Public Board Meeting to talk about Stroke Services in Worcestershire. We will also be discussing the system wide response to our recent Hospital Discharge Report. The meeting will be held online via Zoom, so please join us to hear more about these issues and take part in the discussion. There is always a public participation session as part of our meetings to enable people to raise issues with us. Zoom joining instructions, full agenda and meeting papers can be found on our website.

Waiting times for ambulances and delays in handovers from the ambulance service to hospitals on arrival has been in the local and national news in recent weeks and as a result we were invited onto BBC regional radio and television news to discuss the issue. We would like to hear from patients and their carers about recent experiences, so please do get in touch to share your feedback of ambulance services in Worcestershire. This helps us to get a better understanding of the current situation and impact for patients.

Our engagement over the last few weeks has included an MS Society drop-in session in Kidderminster, a coffee morning at the Ecumenical Centre in Redditch, visits to Maggs Day Centre and Worcestershire Hopes in Worcester and attending Evesham and Redditch Older People’s Forums. We have also talked with groups at the Sandycroft Centre in Redditch, including their Asian Women’s group and went along to Our Way’s coffee morning for people with a learning disability and Autism in Kidderminster. It is good to hear about people’s experiences of local services and views about accessing healthcare online. Our Digital Access to Healthcare survey will be closing soon, so please contact us or visit to our website if you would like to take part.

Please get in touch to share your experiences of local health and social care services and help us to make a difference, by phone 01386 550264 or email info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk You can also report your experiences anonymously via our website and sign up to receive our regular News Bulletins to find out more about ways you can get involved and have your say about local services – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk