Driffield people have emphasised the need to provide local health services at the Alfred Bean Hospital.
A huge outcry folowed a controversial decision to remove in-patient beds from the hospital once the new community hospital was built at Beverley.
A number of older people from Driffield were encouraged to have their say about what would enable older people in Driffield to ‘live well, keep well and age well’ at a World Café Event held at Driffield Community Centre.
In terms of support for older people, it was felt that as many services as possible should be provided in Driffield and that the Alfred Bean Hospital site was a real opportunity.
Local people felt it was important they were given a sense of value and not just seen as a cog in a larger wheel and that they should have and own the “power to decide”.
The event was hailed a success with over 35 people attending, including local residents and officials from the NHS and the Local Authority.
The aim of the event was to encourage dialogue and listening together for patterns and insights on a range of local issues which would contribute to an improved quality of life for older people.
Relationships emerged as a key issue as one person recounted the important role played historically by individuals who used to deliver coal to the local community and the importance of GPs as “friends and helpers”.
Officials from Humber NHS Foundation Trust will now co-ordinate a further meeting of key local leaders to drive forward some of the themes. These included the need for a sense of purpose in the community with local leadership a key feature. The power of information about local resources was fundamental as well as the role of transport in promoting independence and reducing isolation.