Here's your April Poole LINk update !
Has your medication been changed recently?
This month the LINk has heard from several people who’ve had their blood pressure medication changed and the new tablets have made them feel dizzy and ill. We’d like to find out if this is a wider issue, so please contact us if this has recently affected you.
LINk ‘Leaving Hospital’ Project
We’re designing a ‘leaving hospital’ survey that we plan to distribute to everyone who leaves a Poole Hospital older peoples ward, in June/July 2011. The LINk is working with Poole hospital, local care homes, domicillary care providers and local groups to make this project a success. If you’d like to be involved, or find out more, contact Louise.
LINk Visiting Team
We are working with Poole Forum (local learning disability support group) to form a joint visiting team. Trained volunteers from the LINk and Poole Forum will work together, to check out local services and find out what people really think of them. We’d like to run a pilot visit in June / July so if you run a supported living service or a Poole day opportunity and you’d like our team to visit you, contact Louise for more details.
Older Peoples Event on 16th June
This event will share information and advice about services for older people in Poole. There will also be a chance to find out more about the newly launched website SOURCE, jointly delivered by Dorset, Bournemouth & Poole councils to provide advice, information and a support directory for adults across Dorset. Come down to Poole Civic Centre from 3pm to 6pm to find out more and say hello to Louise, who’ll be running a LINk promotion stand at this event. More info here.
Boscombe & Springbourne Health Centre
NHS Bournemouth and Poole are seeking your views on the future for Boscombe and Springbourne Health Centre, based at Palmerston Road, Bournemouth. The current service offers both registered and walk in appointments, whilst the proposals are to stop providing a walk in service and make the centre more of a community resource. Closing date for responses is 14 May 2011, here’s more details:http://www.bournemouthandpoole.nhs.uk/getting-involved/boscombe-and-springbourne-healthcentre-consultation.asp
NHS listening exercise - Have your say
The Government has launched an NHS listening exercise, inviting your views on NHS modernisation up until 31st May 2011. In particular, you are invited to comment on making the NHS properly accountable to the public and ensuring that patient involvement is at the heart of decision making in the new system. To get involved and influence the future of the NHS, go to: http://healthandcare.dh.gov.uk/working-together-for-a-stronger-nhs-how-to-get-involved/
"Hardest Hit" March on May 11th
On Wednesday May 11th thousands of disabled people, their families and supporters from all over the country will come together to protest outside the Houses of Parliament about the impact of spending cuts on disabled people.The day of protest is being organised by UKDPC and major disability organisations, including Age UK, Mencap & Rethink. To find out more, or take part, click here.
Adult Learning - Working Together Event May 11th
This Bournemouth event will look at the merging of Bournemouth and Poole Adult Learning, discuss new developments, get feedback for future courses and allow networking with others in the voluntary sector. To find out more please contact Vicky Ashley by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01202 262354 / 07779 880706
Fire Service Safety Checks
Dorset Fire Service is launching a new Interactive Referral Point which will allow the voluntary sector to make referrals for Home Safety Checks, quickly and efficiently. This project will help to keep vulnerable people safe in their own homes, so if your group visits people at home - phone the fire service on 01305 252618/9 to register as a partner.
Thanks for your help, LINks can't work without you!
We're always looking for volunteers to get involved in LINk projects and your comments direct the LINks work - so tell us what you think about local health and social care services. Contact Louise Bate, Poole LINk Development Officer: