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23.03.2019

Healthwatch Warrington cancer survivor urges people to have their say about changes to the NHS

Healthcare in Warrington will only work if people get to have their say – urges Cancer survivor Clare Screeton.

Cancer survivor and Healthwatch Warrington Engagement Lead Clare, 41, is encouraging others to speak out as part of ‘What Would You do?’, led by independent health and social care champions Healthwatch Warrington.

Launched at the beginning of March, the What would you do? campaign aims to encourage people in Warrington to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services should change locally to make the NHS work better for people.

Clare said: “By talking and listening to people who have been ill – you get fantastic knowledge and feedback about health services, which we will all have to use at some stage in our lives.

“Patients are the experts, each and every one of them has a story to share – whether that’s good or bad. I would encourage others to take part and make sure their voice is heard.”

Clare has had plenty of first-hand experience with health and care services in both Warrington and Whiston having received treatment for Leukaemia in since 2018. Clare, who is now in remission praised the fantastic care she received from the NHS staff in Warrington and Whiston after a very quick initial diagnosis, excellent treatment and good aftercare through her recovery.

People can share their views via an online survey, and by speaking directly to Healthwatch Warrington. Questions will focus on local services in the following areas Cancer; Mental health; Dementia; Heart and lung conditions and Learning disabilities and autism. The specific conditions survey is accessed via the Healthwatch England website: https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do-general

Lydia Thompson, Manager at Healthwatch Warrington, added: “The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once in a generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in Warrington.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”

People can also share their views in an online survey, visit https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

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