Healthwatch Together launches New Hospitals Programme roadshows

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A series of events in communities across Lancashire and South Cumbria, Healthwatch Together’s roadshows allow local people to find out more about the New Hospitals Programme and have their say.

What is Healthwatch?

Healthwatch is the independent national champion for people who use health and social care services, with particular focus on those who find it hardest to be heard. It finds out what matters to people and makes sure their views shape the support they need. There is a Healthwatch in every area of England. The New Hospitals Programme is working with the Healthwatch teams serving Blackpool, Blackburn and Darwen, Lancashire and South Cumbria. Collectively, the group is known as Healthwatch Together.

What are the Healthwatch Together roadshows?

The events are an opportunity for local people to meet Healthwatch representatives face-to-face to find out more about the New Hospitals Programme, ask questions and put forward their ideas and opinions. One discussion point at each event will be the longlist of possible solutions for hospital facilities in Preston, Lancaster and Barrow-In-Furness. More information about the longlist of proposals can be found on the New Hospitals Programme’s website.

Healthwatch Together roadshow schedule

Throughout October, Healthwatch Together can be found at the following locations across the region, where COVID-19 guidelines will be strictly adhered to:

  • Asda, Clayton Green, Chorley – Thursday 7 October, 11am to 5pm
  • Preston Flag Market, Preston (with the HARRI bus) – Saturday 9 October, 11am to 4pm
  • Preston Bus Station, Preston – Tuesday 12 October, 11am – 3pm
  • Market Square, Lancaster – Wednesday 13 October, 10am to 4pm
  • Venue to be confirmed, Barrow-in-Furness (with the HARRI bus) – Monday 18 October, 10am to 3pm
  • Chorley Market, Chorley – Tuesday 19 October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Preston College, Preston (open to students as part of the Fresher’s Fair) – Wednesday 20 October, 9am to 1pm
  • Sainsbury’s, Cable Street, Lancaster (with the HARRI bus) – Thursday 21 October, 10am to 3pm
  • Hallgarth Community Centre, Kendal (with the HARRI bus) – Saturday 23 October, 10am to 12pm
  • Millennium Green, Burnside, Kendal (with the HARRI bus) – Saturday 23 October, 1pm to 3pm

About the HARRI bus

HARRI (Health Advice Recovery Resilience Information) is the health engagement vehicle for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust. With it they are able to travel across Lancashire and South Cumbria to talk with local communities and individuals. On board there is a mixed group from within the NHS and beyond, which enables them to offer you a wide range of information on many aspects of the issues you may be facing, such as: job advice, quitting smoking, living with diabetes and much more.

 

How else can local people have their say about the New Hospitals Programme?

The Healthwatch Together roadshows are just one way that local people can get involved with the New Hospitals Programme. There are a series of online surveys, workshops, focus groups and other opportunities for people across the region. Find out more on the Get Involved page of the programme’s website.