Local Health and Care Watchdog coming to the Havens
Healthwatch East Sussex is launching a health and social careListening Tour for Peacehaven and Newhaven on Monday 11th June. For two weeks, Healthwatch staff and volunteers are running an exciting programme of activity to talk to local people about their views and experiences of health and social care services.
According to Public Health statistics, the Havens have some of the worst health and care problems in East Sussex. Accident and emergency admissions, self-harm and mental health problems in young people are among the highest in the county. The number of local residents taking up health checks is among the lowest.
In addition, the Havens have the highest percentage of unpaid carers providing over 20 hours care a week in East Sussex. There is a high rate of learning disabled adults in settled accommodation and low levels of public satisfaction with making GP appointments.
Healthwatch is also interested in what helps local people maintain good health and stay well. Excess weight in 10-11 year olds is being recorded in 35% of cases and 21% of children in the Havens live in lowincome families.
There are lots of ways for Havens’ residents, community leaders or professionals to get involved in the Listening Tour. Healthwatch staff and volunteers will be at local events every day from Monday 11thto Sunday 24th June. There are also opportunities to participate through our website, social media, postal survey or by telephone.
We are running a Havens health and wellbeing themed photograph competition on Instagram (#HavensLT) with a prize of a Kodak photo printer for the best photograph received.
There will also be six lucky winners of £25 Amazon vouchers from people who complete our health and care survey, and limited editionHavens Listening Tour designed t shirts given away at local events.
After the Listening Tour, we will share what we learn with local residents and talk to local health and care services about how their services can be more responsive to local needs. To feedback only takes a few minutes but the impact can last a lifetime.