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Healthwatch Rutland takes to the road for consultation

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People can raise issues and concerns abouth healthcare services at a series of events organised by a new watchdog.

Healthwatch Rutland, which was set up earlier this year, is taking part in a county-wide roadshow.

A booth will tour the county as part of the “We Are Listening” project, giving patients and carers the chance to speak out about their experiences of health and social care.

Healthwatch Rutland is being supported in its work by the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group.

Interim chairman of Healthwatch Rutland Jennifer Fenelon said: “We think it is vitally important to give the people and communities of Rutland a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care is provided locally.

“The listening booth will allow us to speak to people outside of health locations to find out how they really feel about healthcare, as well as their recent experiences. This information will then be used to help Healthwatch Rutland decide on its priorities.”

People’s comments will be treated anonymously, although those wanting to find out what action has been taken in response to their views can provide their contact details should they choose to.

Manging director of East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Dave Briggs said: “We are committed to improving the quality of the health services that we commission and ensuring that the experience of our patients is a good one.”

The listening booth will be visiting a variety of locations over the coming months. The first dates, with more to follow shortly, are from 2pm to 3pm on Wednesday at Oakham Congregational Church, from 1pm to 2.30pm on March 3 at Visions Children’s Centre, Catmose College, Oakham, and from 10.30am at Rutland Parent Carer Voice family day at Greetham Community Centre.

Further dates and information will be posted online at the Healthwatch Rutland website.

 

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