On Wednesday 28 August, the Lord Nelson pub in Monkton Village welcomed South Tyneside residents to NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Local Engagement Board (LEB) meeting.
This summer’s meeting had the feel of a village fete, with stalls and activities for children. The fun event, which focused on health, wellbeing, and future plans for local healthcare, was held in a marquee erected alongside the pub, and offered something for everyone.
Around 30 organisations including the Stroke Association, Healthwatch, the Alzheimer’s Society and Change 4 Life were represented and CCG staff were on hand to share information.
Visitors aged 40-70 were invited to have an NHS health check, and people of all ages had diabetes health checks. The LEB also presented the chance for patients to catch up on plans for the Path to Excellence programme, urgent care, long-term conditions, and end of life care services.
Monkton Village resident Sheila Dunnett (64) heard about the event when a leaflet was put through her letterbox, and decided to pop along. She says, “There were two areas of health that I was interested in finding out more about; stroke because I have high blood pressure, and diabetes because both my parents and my brother have had it. I was given a lot of very useful information on both conditions.
“The people manning the Diabetes UK stall took some information about my height, weight, BMI and family history and calculated that I was at moderate risk of developing the illness, which is very useful to know. I also chatted to the lady on the Dementia Care stall about volunteering for them. The Local Engagement Board was an excellent event and it gave me the opportunity to connect with my local NHS in a new way.”