At our meeting held Monday 18th March we invited along Chris Carlin from Wellbeing Enterprises who came along to tell us about what Wellbeing Enterprises is all about, they are an award winning social enterprise whose mission is to support individuals and communities to achieve better health and wellbeing.
There are 5 ways to wellbeing:
1. Connect – with the people round you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, support groups like HALDS anywhere were you are meeting up with other people
2. Keep Active – Go for a walk or run, step outside. Play a game. Garden, dance, exercising makes you feel good.
3. Take Notice – Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Notice the changing seasons.
4. Keep Learning – Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course you have always wanted to do.
5. Give – Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone, smile.
You will notice in all doctors surgeries in Halton there is a wellbeing desk, pick up a leaflet and see whats going on. Chris will keep me posted of any events which I can relay back to you.
Halton Podiatry Services were discussed they provide Nail surgery (removal of part or whole of toenail) Diabetic foot care, Care of wounds on the foot, Routine foot care for medium and high risk patients including corns, callouses and nail care, Insoles/Orthotics for leg/foot pain, knee pain and/or walking problems (including children) and Healthcare Advice/Self-care foot advice.
You can self-refer, or be referred via your GP or other health professional e.g. physiotherapist, occupational therapist or school nurse. Urgent and emergency cases are seen within a three day period at dedicated clinics (Hallwood and Widnes Health Care Resources Centre. All other referrals vary (depending on demand) but average wait is currently 6 weeks for triage and 4 weeks for nail surgery. Referrals for General care are triaged clinically. Medical and clinical need will determine treatment interval (e.g. 6, 8, 12 weeks between treatments)
They also discussed Complaints & Compliment procedure, I have hands outs if required
Chooser & Book and Choice – an overview – Choose and book is a national service that combines electronic booking and a choice of place, date and time for first outpatient appointments. It revolutionises our current booking system, with patients able to choose their initial hospital appointment and book it on the spot in the surgery or later on the phone or via the internet at a time that is more convenient to them, you can choose where, date and time, however you DO NOT have the right to claim taxi fares or order an ambulance if you choose a hospital in Cornwall or Newcastle.
As an NHS patient you have the LEGAL right under the NHS Constitution to be seen at a hospital/clinic of your choice, anywhere in the NHS. This also includes many private hospitals and providers who participate in the scheme.
Feedback from Carers Forum held Monday 10th March – PIP and Bedroom Tax where discussed at this event.
I have information re PIP but it is a long document, I have sent it via e-mail to the members registered on line with me, but unable to print off copies for members not on line. We have Damain from Disability Welfare rights coming along to our meeting in April, who will give more information re PIP and answer any questions.
The bedroom tax was also discussed, though since the meeting the government have made some changes, if you feel you have been treated unfairly for the bedroom tax please go to http://www.writetothem.org this will give your MP details to complain
Results of 2011 Carers Consultation – Steve Eastwood, Commissioning Manager at Halton Borough Council showed a presentation of the 2011 Carers Consultation, these were taken from the questionnaires filled in at the event which was held at the Halton British Legion in December 2011. I have a copy if anyone would like to see it. I was glad to see that HALDS was mentioned as a service for commissioning or funding (thank you to the members who gave positive feedback for the group
As there is no Carers event this year, the 2013 Annual Carers Consultation forms have been getting distributed, some were given out at the carers forum on 10th March, I have sent HALDS members copies on line and I have also got copies to give out to members, you may also receive copies via the carers centre, please only fill in one form. Take your time filling in the form and post off to Halton Borough Council before 29th March.