Chance for parents to influence information on children’s health services

Communities / Tue 16th Sep 2014 at 02:05pm

PARENTS and carers across west Essex have the opportunity to discuss how they get the most out of local health and care services at a parent focus group on Monday 22 September.

The event will take place between 1pm and 2.30pm at the Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, and will allow parents to discuss the choices they make for their children when they are ill. It will also assist them in making the right choices for their families.

As well as members of the CCG, a GP, health visitor and community paediatric nurse will all be at the event to listen to parents’ experiences and provide advice on where to access the most suitable services for their children.

Parents will be able influence the quality of information on local healthcare services and how we communicate with parents to support them to manage illnesses and choose the most appropriate services.

Clare Morris, chief officer at West Essex CCG said: “As a parent I know how anxious you can feel when your child is ill, particularly at evenings and weekends, but as many people know, A&E is for emergencies and serious illness only.

“There are many other options available for sick children and families 24 hours a day in their local communities. We’d like to better understand how aware people are of their options when a child is ill or hurt, and what informs their decision about where to seek help.”

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