Worcester News Article – 1st June

Last week we held our second online Public Board Meeting via Zoom. Dr Ian Tait and Simon Trickett, the Chair and Chief Executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) attended to talk about the plans for the recovery and restoration of local NHS services due to Covid-19. As well as detailing the measures that local services are taking, they thanked the public for their support and understanding at this challenging time and stressed that we will need to continue to be kind and support everyone over the coming months.
The CCG answered questions from our Board, local voluntary groups and members of the public in relation to: Covid-19 testing in care homes, domiciliary care and for those using homeless hostels; the impact of digital exclusion as services move online; access to PPE for staff providing Continuing Health Care in people’s homes; and protection of those who are particularly vulnerable at this time such as those with Dementia.
Questions were also asked about the impact of Covid-19 on diagnosis and treatment of Cancer. The CCG were able to provide reassurance that this is a key priority and where necessary new pathways are being developed to ensure that testing and treatment can be carried out. They also emphasised the importance of encouraging people not to delay seeking urgent medical care due to Covid-19, including speaking to your Doctor about any concerns in relation to symptoms of Cancer.
Our Board meeting was also an opportunity for us to discuss updates on our current work including our Covid-19 survey, safeguarding of homeless people and the publication of our report – Finding Out About Adult Social Care Services from the Worcestershire County Council Website.
We continue to encourage people to complete our Covid-19 survey to gather your experiences of accessing information and health and social care services during the pandemic. This can be completed online via our website www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or by contacting us for paper copies of the main survey or Easy Read version.
As always we encourage you to get in touch and share your experiences of local health and care services to help us to represent your voice – info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk / 01386 550264.