Local people are being invited to share their thoughts and experiences on local healthcare provision by attending one of a series of informal ‘Community Forums’, led by new CEO Steve Jamieson.
The Forums will be held at various locations during the next couple of months and offer the chance for the public to drop by to ask any questions they may have about care provision locally, or offer opinions on what community services they’d like to see, particularly in relation to end of life care.
Mr Jamieson, who will be accompanied by a senior nurse from the Hospice, is also very keen to hear about local people’s stories of caring for a friend of relative with an advancing or terminal illness such as dementia, cancer or MND, both positive and negative. It’s also an opportunity to find out about Hospice services.
Refreshments will be available at all locations.
“I’m passionate about involving the community in shaping the future of Hospice care in our patch and am running the ‘Hospice Forums’ to try to get to the heart of the issues which touch all those affected by a terminal illness,” explains Steve Jamieson who has recently joined the Hospice from The Royal College of Nursing where he was Deputy Director of Nursing.
“They’re also a chance for people to air their views on local healthcare facilities and for patients, patients’ families or carers to share their experiences of care. In a similar way to MPs surgeries, they’re going to be very informal and anyone is welcome to drop by briefly or stay a-while and chat.
The first Community Forum will take place at the Kings Arms on Berkhamsted High Street between 9 and 11am on Thursday 28th May. Mr Jamieson will also be at The Hospice of St Francis Garden Party at Ashridge House on Sunday 31 May and happy to chat to visitors.
Anyone unable to attend one of the Community Forums welcome to email their views or experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org