NEAS to tour North Northumberland

People in North Northumberland are being encouraged to give their views about health services in the Berwick area at mobile roadshows from Saturday

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and NHS North of Tyne are staging a series of roadshows between Saturday, May 19, and Saturday, May 26.

They are seeking people's views about GP, hospital and ambulance services, their recent experiences of care and treatment and their thoughts about how health services could be made even better.

The first roadshow will be at Marygate, Berwick, from 9.30am to 3pm on Saturday, May 19. Over the next week, it will visit a number of communities including Seahouses, Holy Island, Belford, Wooler, Milfield and Cornhill.

Claire Riley, director of communications and engagement at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: "As the provider of hospital, community health and adult social care services in Northumberland, we are very keen to find out what people think about the care they receive so we can continually improve.

"We ran a series of roadshows towards the end of 2009 which were really useful. People gave us their views about the services currently available in Berwick and what they would like to see in the future. This feedback has informed our thinking as we work towards building a new hospital in the town."

Mark Cotton, assistant director of communications at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: "There has been a lot of discussion and debate about how ambulances are to be organised in the future and these roadshows will help to explain what is being planned.

"NHS commissioners have agreed funding to improve ambulance response times across Northumberland county which has allowed us to maintain existing services in north Northumberland. 

"We will also have ambulance staff on hand to raise awareness of our community first responder schemes and volunteering opportunities to support your local ambulance service."

Dr Alistair Blair, lead GP for NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - which in the future will take on the NHS commissioning responsibilities currently being carried out by NHS North of Tyne, said: "We want to ensure that the patient and public voice is at the heart of commissioning health services and that the local NHS works in partnership with them.

"These roadshows are an excellent opportunity for us to listen to people in the north of the county."

The roadshows will take place on:

 

Date Time Location

Saturday 19 May

9.30am to 3pm Berwick - Marygate
Sunday 20 May 10am to 12pm Bamburgh - Links car park (opposite the castle)
Sunday 20 May 1.30pm to 3.30pm Seahouses - Seafield Road car park
Monday 21 May 9.30am to 11am Holy Island - opposite the post office
Monday 21 May 1pm to 3pm Belford - Bluebell Hotel car park
Tuesday 22 May 10am to 12pm Wooler - Padgepool Place car park
Tuesday 22 May 1.30pm to 3.30pm Chatton - Percy Arms
Wednesday 23 May 9.30am to 11am Lowick - White Swan Hotel
Wednesday 23 May 12.30pm to 2pm Milfield - Café
Wednesday 23 May 3pm to 4pm Ford, Hugh Joicey First School
Thursday 24 May 10am to 12pm Norham - Castle Street
Thursday 24 May 1.30pm to 3.30pm Paxton - Main Street     
Friday 25 May 10am to 12pm Cornhill ­- post office
Friday 25 May 12.30pm to 3pm Coldstream - car park (opposite Beesom Inn)
Saturday 26 May 10am to 3pm Berwick - Morrisons car park

 For more information visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk or contact 0191 203 1656.

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