On Monday (15 October) the first of a number of county-wide events takes place to hear local people’s views on health and care in Somerset, and explore how it could change in future.
Somerset CCG, the NHS acute hospital trusts, Somerset Partnership (mental and community health services), and Somerset County Council have jointly launched a programme called ‘Fit for my future’ to hear people’s experiences of health and care and gain feedback on emerging proposals of how it may change in future.
The first two sessions take place next week; the first is at Berrow Village Hall, Burnham-on-Sea, on Monday afternoon, 3pm-6.30pm, closely followed by Great Bow Wharf, Langport on Wednesday 17 October, 10am to 2pm).
There are five health and care areas under review:
● planned care (usually non-emergency treatment) and cancer,
● long term health conditions (such as diabetes) and frailty
● urgent and emergency care
● mental health and learning disabilities, and
● maternity and children’s services.
The events will explain why we need a new approach to health and care services to help support Somerset residents to live longer, healthier and more independent lives. And, when people do need health and care support, how it might be provided in a way that best meets their needs, and as close to home or community as possible.
The CCG and their partners want to hear the views, experiences and ideas of as many people as possible - they hope people will visit one of the drop-ins taking place across the county at:
Berrow Village Hall, Burnham-on-Sea Monday 15th October, 3pm - 6.30pm
Great Bow Wharf, Langport Wednesday 17th October, 10am- 2pm
Balsam Centre, Wincanton Tuesday 23rd October, 10am- 2pm
Axbridge Town Hall, Axbridge Thursday 25th October, 10am- 2pm
Hub Nub, Frome Monday 29th of October, 10am- 2pm
The Arts Centre, Wellington Tuesday 30th October , 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Ilminster Town Hall, Ilminster Wednesday 31st October, 3.30pm - 7pm
Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater Tuesday 6th November, 10am- 2pm
Hen Hayes, Crewkerne Wednesday 7th November, 4pm - 7pm
The Guildhall, Chard Monday 12th November, 12.00pm - 4pm
Albermarle Centre, Taunton Wednesday 14th November, 10am- 2pm
Shape Mendip, Shepton Mallet Thursday 15th November, 10am- 2pm
Brushford Parish Hall, Dulverton Tuesday 20th November, 3.30pm – 7pm
Glastonbury Town Hall, Glastonbury Wednesday 21st November, 10am- 2pm
The Hub, Minehead Monday 26th November, 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Abbey Manor Centre, Yeovil Tuesday 27th November, 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Alternatively, if it’s difficult to make one of the above events, people can review the information at https://www.fitformyfuture.org.uk/ and feedback their thoughts via an online questionnaire: http://www.somersetconsults.org.uk/consult.ti/fitformyfuture/respondByQuestionnaire
For further questions about the ‘Fit For My Future’ programme, please email email@example.com.
See also the ‘Fit For My Future’ poster with dates of drop-in events