Over the last year the Better Local Care programme, which aims to transform out-of-hospital care, has implemented a number of projects aimed at improving care in the region. 60 percent of all hospital admissions are from people aged 65 and over and the New Forest has almost double the national area of people in this age range. This makes the work that Better Local Care is doing vitally important in keeping healthcare sustainable in the area.
The evening will be a great opportunity for local residents to find out what has been achieved in the last 12 months and how Better Local Care is making a difference in the community. With a number of projects on the horizon, the evening will also be a great way for people to find out what Better Local Care has planned and how it can continue to transform out-of-hospital care.
Dr Nigel Watson, Chair of South West Hampshire Better Local Care region will be speaking at the event and has been vital in helping to set the care agenda for the region. He said, “Over the last year we have been able to do a number of things that we are very proud of. The partnership with New Forest Health Care and The Practice at Lymington New Forest Hospital has meant we can offer seven days a week care from 8am till 8pm.
"Patients with musculoskeletal pain can now get direct access to a specialist at the Arnewood Practice meaning they don’t have to travel as far for consultations. And we are also trying to use technology to improve care, having started the e-Consultation pilot which aims to use technology to help patients by offering advice and management of many common illnesses.
“We have been very busy so it would be great to share what we have learned this past year as well as what we have planned for the future”
The event is open to anyone and will open from 6.00pm with presentations from Dr Nigel Watson, chair of the south west Better Local Care programme and vice chair Dr Sally Johnston from 7.00pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the presentations.