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Roadshow will put Melksham people in the driving seat on health and care issues

STAFF and volunteers from the county’s independent health and care champion will be taking to the roads of Wiltshire in September to find out what people think about their local health and care services.

Healthwatch Wiltshire aims to speak to at least 1,000 people from all corners of the county as part of its ‘Campervan and Comments Tour.’

The roadshow will travel almost 400 miles zig-zagging around Wiltshire in a classic 1969 VW campervan and park up at key locations around the county to gather the views of people of all ages.

The healthcare roadshow will be coming to Melksham on the afternoon of Monday 25th September, stopping at Giffords Surgery and Young Melksham, Melksham.

Lucie Woodruff, Healthwatch Wiltshire manager, explained, “We want to reach at least 1,000 people from all over Wiltshire in just two weeks. We thought it would be a great idea to hire a campervan and visit places where people might not have heard of Healthwatch before.

“The role of a local Healthwatch is to make sure the health and care system in the area meets the needs of the people who use it.  Feedback is gathered from patients and their families on services such as GP surgeries, care homes, hospitals, mental health and social care.  These findings are then taken to the organisations which plan, pay for and deliver health and care services.

“Wiltshire is such a huge county and we thought a roadshow would be a great way to reach more people and give them the opportunity to have their voice heard. Plus, everyone who we speak to will get free refreshments and a cupcake too!”

Get social! People can tweet or share on Facebook or Instagram #hwwiltsontour at one of the campervan locations to enter a competition to win a hamper of cupcakes. For the most up to date details on the roadshow visit: www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk/healthwatch-wiltshire-annual-event