Residents invited to health and wellbeing meeting – 16 December 2014
People are invited to the next meeting of Dudley Health & Wellbeing Board.
The meeting at Lye Community Centre, Cross Walks, Lye, is tomorrow, Tuesday December 16 from 3pm to 5pm.
Made up of local GPs, health commissioners, the police, Dudley Council officers, councillors, and members of the borough’s voluntary and community sector, the board has responsibility for the health and wellbeing of residents across the borough.
The board is currently developing its Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, which sets out the current pharmacy services available, identifies any gaps in provision and makes recommendations on future development.
The document is due to go out for public consultation later this month, but members will hear how Healthwatch Dudley carried out initial research through pharmacies to find out people’s views on pharmacy services.
More than 800 people responded. Overall patients are happy with the services available to them locally and dispensing services are valued, promptly delivered by friendly staff and advice is provided.
However, they would like more publicity about pharmacy opening times and better communication between pharmacies and GP surgeries.
People across the borough will be invited to have their say on pharmacy services when the consultation goes live later in December.
Members will also be given an update on the Better Care Fund, which aims to improve home care for the elderly and the Office of Public Health will also be giving its Health Protection Annual Report 2013.