As an ex nurse and now a retired primary school teacher, I’ve always liked talking to people and Healthwatch gives me the opportunity to do that. I joined Healthwatch in 2019 after a Healthwatch volunteer friend suggested that I would enjoy the ‘work’ that she did, and I do, I love it.
So far I’ve helped host a few information stands, which gave me the opportunity to get the views and opinions of the general public on their local healthcare services. I’ve also, (as a result of being a Healthwatch volunteer), had the opportunity to take part in patient led assessments of local hospitals, a very rewarding experience and a real eye opener to the problems faced in our NHS.
I’ve recently visited Sheltered Accommodation and thoroughly enjoyed talking and getting the views of the residents on the health care services in the area.
I’m also a member of my GP’s Patient Participation Group and have helped successfully in a bid to get grants to have the surgery building updated, so we can move forward in improving patient care and treatment. As a result we hope to improve appointment and waiting times as we now have space for another GP. It’s good to know that I’m contributing to improve health care services for my local community.
In my spare time I’m a member of the U3A, and participate in a number of activities including Kurling and learning to play the Ukelele, good fun. I also love walking my dogs and I’m in a group which has regular meets for walking and chatting.