The independent voice for the county’s health and social care service users, Healthwatch East Sussex, is kick-starting a high profile tour of East Sussex next week.
Starting on 22 July, its double decker Big Red Bus will be at Terminus Road, Eastbourne, where people are invited to share their experiences of local health and social care services.
The mobile campaign – which stops across East Sussex between 22 and 28 July, aims to gather as many experiences of services as possible. Healthwatch East Sussex, which is commissioned by East Sussex County Council, will use those experiences to help improve health and social care services for the future.
Visitors to the bus can learn about Healthwatch East Sussex’s current projects, such as reports on East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s maternity services, complaints support, and 24 hours spent across the trust, plus our patient participation group development, and public reference forum.
There will also be opportunities to speak to key representatives from organisations and programmes such as East Sussex Better Together, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Healthwatch England and the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service.
Healthwatch East Sussex Director, Julie Fitzgerald said, “this initiative is all about letting people know who we are and what we can do for them. For our health and social care services to improve we all need to shout about our experiences. It is a great way for those that deliver and ultimately pay for those services in East Sussex, to understand what residents’ feel needs to be kept and what needs to change.”
The tour will return to Eastbourne at the Asda car park at the Crumbles 27 July 9.30am-12.30pm, before moving on to Polegate at Station Car Park for 1.30-4.30pm.