As local health and care services come under increasing pressure due to the coronavirus, and access to services becomes more challenging, Healthwatch Dorset is reminding people it is here to help.
Healthwatch Dorset, the county’s independent health and care champion, is well known for its work gathering public feedback about health and care services to help make care better in the county. In addition, it provides an information and advice service to help people find information about local health and social care services and support.
Healthwatch Dorset Manager, Louise Bate, said: “Coronavirus is having a huge impact on how health and social care services are being delivered locally. These are challenging and unsettling times for everyone. We recognise that keeping up to date with information and advice can be difficult in such a fast-changing situation, but we are here to help. We are in regular contact with health and social care providers in Dorset, so that we have the most up to date information to share with the public about how to access the services and support they need. Sometimes just talking to someone about what to do and where to go can be reassuring, so do please get in touch if you need our help.”
As part of its ongoing work promoting public feedback to influence positive change in local health and social care services, Healthwatch Dorset wants to hear from local people about how the virus has affected their access to care. Feedback will be analysed to help highlight what works well and to identify where things need to be improved.
For information and advice about local services and support, or to share your views and experiences:
Call 0300 111 0102
Go online healthwatchdorset.co.uk/advice-information/