Healthwatch bus visits Woking on Tuesday 16 September!

04 September 2014

It's all aboard the Healthwatch Surrey double decker bus as the consumer watchdog tour comes to Woking on Tuesday 16 September finding out residents' views on local health and social care services.

The independent champion for health and social care is spending seven days at a host of town centres from 15 September to Sunday 21 for Meet Healthwatch Week to raise awareness of the organisation in Surrey.

The bus will visit Camberley, Leatherhead, Woking, Caterham, Oxted, Epsom, Burgh Heath, Kempton Park, Weybridge, Godalming, Guildford and the Epsom & Ewell Family Fun Day with the aim to meet as many residents as possible while listening to their views on health and social care.

Residents can fill out surveys asking them about health and social issues on the bus and give their views on care in Surrey and say what is important to them.

People can find out more about what it would be like to become a Healthwatch volunteer; we want to recruit more volunteers from the people we meet on the tour.

Our Healthwatch Champions from Citizens Advice will also be joining staff and volunteers on board.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Healthwatch to really get into the towns of Surrey, meet people, hear their views and tell them about our organisation and it's positive impact on services in the county," said Jane Shipp Engagement and Communications Manager."

"We are hoping to meet as many people as we can because our key role is to hear `your voice', so please keep a look out for the bus and take the time to talk to us and let us know how you feel about health issues. We really need to know what people's opinions are."

Healthwatch was set up last year and is the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public on health and social care.

Its job is both at a national and local level to ensure that the views of health and social care service users and others are taken into account.

It has already published a report on the difficulties many people in Surrey have getting an appointment with their GP at a time that suits them and the body is working with primary care organisations to improve the situation.

Timetable

Monday 15 Sept

Camberley

Park Street

10am - 12pm

Monday 15 Sept

Leatherhead

High Street

1.30pm - 4pm

Tuesday 16 Sept

Woking

Jubilee Square

8am - 6pm

Wednesday 17 Sept

Caterham

Tesco

9.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday 17 Sept

Oxted

Morrisons

1.30pm-4.30pm

Thursday 18 Sept

Epsom

Market Place

10am - 3pm

Thursday 18 Sept

Burgh Heath

ASDA

3.30pm - 6pm

Friday 19 Sept

Kempton Park

Racecourse

9.30am - 1pm

Friday 19 Sept

Weybridge

Walk In Clinic

2pm - 4.30pm

Saturday 20 Sept

Godalming

High Street

10am - 12pm

Saturday 20 Sept

Guildford

High Street

1pm - 4pm

Sunday 21 Sept

Epsom & Ewell Family Fun Day

Hook Road Arena

12pm - 5pm