Have your say on NHS transformation plans

Healthwatch Norfolk

Published: Monday, 30th October 2017

Broadland residents will get to have their say on plans to transform the region’s health and care system at a consultation event being held in Taverham this November.

Taking place at Roundwood Conference Centre on 22 November, the event has been organised by Healthwatch Norfolk as part of a series of consultation events taking place across Norfolk and Waveney.

These events have been set up following public concerns over a lack of available information on future plans for local services under the sustainability transformation partnership (STP).

Our health and social care services face some big challenges and the partner organisations involved in the STP are tasked with developing a five-year programme of change to meet the challenges ahead.

Healthwatch’s lively debate held at Blackfriars Hall in July identified the public’s desire to know more detail about the proposals and it was agreed with health bosses that further meetings would be held as plans were drawn up.

The meetings taking place in Taverham will feature two separate sessions. One on the future of GP services and another on urology, cardiology and radiology services.

The events are free to attend but tickets are limited so please book your place directly through the Eventbrite links below, via the event calendar at www.healthwatchnorfolk.co.uk/events or by calling Healthwatch Norfolk on 01953 856029 to reserve your place.

 22 November at Roundwood Conference Centre, Taverham 

Further meetings are being held in Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn, at varied times, to make them as accessible as possible for everyone wishing to attend.

A host of further events are likely to follow later next year, as more information is forthcoming for other key priority areas such as maternity services and mental health.

Alex Stewart, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Norfolk said:

“We are fully aware that there is no easy fix for the challenges facing the health and care sector and that there will undoubtedly be some difficult discussions that need to take place.

“Healthwatch Norfolk’s principal concern is enabling the public to be fully involved in that process. There has been little opportunity for public involvement until now, so these meetings represent real progress.”

Anyone can provide feedback to Healthwatch on any local health and social care service at any time by visiting www.healthwatchnorfolk.co.uk

This includes pharmacies, GPs and NHS dentists, as well as all hospital, mental health, community health, care homes and other social care services.

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