Selby advice day gives insight into current health and care issues across the district

Healthwatch North Yorkshire attended the Selby Advice and Awareness Day on Wednesday the 20th of October.
Volunteer Officer and volunteers at local event in Selby

We attended the event and asked local people's opinions on the health and social care issues. Many issues were identified, including mental health services, accessing an NHS dentist, accessing a GP appointment, and receiving care at home.

The event, which was our second in-person event this year, was a huge success. We spoke with more than 70 people and gained an insight into the health and social care issues local people are concerned about. 

'Get in touch with us' 

One prominent issue we heard about was loneliness, with many residents discussing how lonely they feel or have felt. Unfortunately, this is not surprising after the isolation and disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another issue mentioned by several attendees was mental health services and the lack of support across the district. This is concerning to hear and we encourage anyone who needs support to get in touch with us or visit the County Council website for further support and information. 

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and shared their views with us. It is vital that we gather an understanding of the issues people across North Yorkshire are facing, so thank you. We will continue to gather views and experiences and share them with those running the services. 

Together we can improve health and social care services for good.

I have to say I really enjoyed the advice and awareness event and I would welcome more experiences like it. It is much more rewarding to speak face to face.
— Richard, Healthwatch North Yorkshire Volunteer.

'Making a difference'

We would also like to say a massive thank you to our volunteers who attended the event and gathered views from the local people. Thank you to Richard, Martin, and Diane. Without your support, we wouldn't be able to do what we do best - improve health and social care services in North Yorkshire. 

If you have a query about a health and social care service, or need help with where you can go to access further support, get in touch.

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