Health and Equality Group: Chair’s Report, September 2019.

Meetings Attended.

19th July: Bethan Thomas re Carers’ issues.

18th July: Forum Executive.

22nd July: Vale Community Health Council local meeting.

23rd July: ACL Forum group meeting.

7th August; Meeting re coffee morning at Belle Vue Park, Penarth.

3rd September: Diverse Cymru meeting re Falls Prevention.

5th September: Meeting re Belle Vue Park coffee morning on 12th September.

Current issues and concerns.

Cogan Wellbeing Hub and changes to GP services in Penarth: The planning for this is proceeding though it is not clear how well the UHB is responding to the many points that have been raised about access, parking and the range of services to be provided. The UHB is holding consultation sessions at Albert Road Surgery on 4th and 10th September. Max Wallace has been very helpful in pursuing this issue and I will be going to one of the consultation sessions. A UHB Newsletter in July outlines the measures which the UHB is taking to respond to patients’ concerns.

Sam Davies Ward , Barry Hospital. The reported closure of the ward is not immanent. The UHB sees the possible closure as a part of it’s strategy for frail elderly people. There is a public consultative meeting on 23rd September 1pm-3.30pm in the Barry Memorial Hall which will give an opportunity to hear about the plans and raise questions.

Community health Councils. It was pleasing to see Forum members (the largest group of public attendees ) at the meeting on 22nd July. A presentation about streamlining minor surgery by concentrating it at Llandough Hospital was generally welcomed but many reservations were expressed about the availability and quality of aftercare in the community.

Falls Prevention : A number of Forum members attended the meeting on 3rd September. The UHB is convening a working group of NHS, local authority and third sector members to establish a “Falls Prevention Pathway” . This is part of our focus for the September group meeting and continues our longstanding commitment to falls prevention and promoting public awareness of how to avoid falls which can have such a damaging effect on people’s lives.

In November we will be turning our attention to carers’ issues. Carers are the hidden and often unrecognised resource which the NHS and Social care services rely on when public services are so stretched. Bethan Thomas will be giving a presentation and lead discussion at our meeting on 12th November, 2-4pm , Committee Room 1, in the Civic Offices.

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