Local people’s views will help shape new plan for future of health and care services
People living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire have said they want health and social care providers to support them to live healthier lifestyles, offer better access to services and make sure the professionals they see understand their needs.
Their views have been collected as part of the recent Our Health Our Future engagement campaign run by NHS and Local Authority organisations seeking to find out what people want from future health and care services. Full results from the campaign have been published online today at www.bswstp.nhs.uk/ourhealthourfuture/
The survey results, alongside separate findings collected by independent health champion Healthwatch, will now be used by health and care leaders as they develop plans for how services across the area will be organised over the next five years.
The Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Long Term Plan will be published online over the next few weeks.
People taking part in the survey said they would like to be given the opportunities, advice and information they need to live healthier lifestyles and be more aware of symptoms of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure so they could seek help earlier.
They said it should be easier to see staff at surgeries and waiting times for appointments and operations in hospitals should be reduced.
Lots of respondents also said they didn’t always feel listened to or taken seriously by the health and care professionals they saw. Younger respondents said they would value better access to mental health services and support.