01452 504989 or 0800 6525193 (freephone) info@healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk

Update: Due to the impact of coronavirus, we have postponed this event until further notice

Healthwatch Gloucestershire is holding a public event to inform and gather feedback about health and social care in the county, particularly accessing primary care, to help improve services for local people.

Members of the public are invited to put questions to a panel of primary health and social care professionals (such as a GP, Pharmacists, Social Worker and NHS 111 operator 0 to be confirmed), and to share their stories of accessing primary care to highlight what works, what doesn’t and how things might be improved.

Speakers from Healthwatch Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will outline how they gather and use public feedback to improve health and social care services in the county.  Healthwatch Gloucestershire will also announce new priorities and projects for the year ahead and highlight how local people can get involved.

There will also be a marketplace exhibition area where people can enjoy a buffet lunch while sharing their views and finding out about local services and voluntary groups who provide support and care for people across Gloucestershire.

Helen Webb, Healthwatch Gloucestershire Manager, explained: “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.  We do this by finding out what people think about their local health and social care services such as GP surgeries, care homes, hospitals, mental health and social care.  We then present our findings to the organisations which plan, pay for and deliver health and care services, so that their decisions are informed by the views and experiences of local people.

“We are inviting people from across the county to join us on Wednesday 25 March, to find out about health and social care in Gloucestershire, in particular primary care, and we are giving them a platform to put questions to health and social care professionals currently working in the county and an opportunity to share their views and experiences with us.”

For more information go to: healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk/project/speak-up-glos/