Public Arbroath health drop-in

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Members of the public are invited to attend a drop-in event being held by NHS Tayside about improvements in health and care services for older people in south Angus in the Arbroath Old and Abbey Church on Saturday, April 25.

Health and care professionals will be in attendance and there will be information stands. Tea and coffee will be available.

The event is part of a series of engagement events with interested community members to discuss future models of care for older people in the area, including dementia and psychiatry of old age services.

Bill Nicoll, director of primary and community services for NHS Tayside said: “The views of the people living in south Angus are very important to us and it is vital that our local health and social care services respond to the needs of communities.

“The way in which care is delivered for older people in our communities and in our hospitals is changing. In Angus we are at the forefront of a new way of delivering health services for older people and there is an established move away from the more traditional hospital-based inpatient units to more person-centred, local care.

“Older people and their families tell us that they want to be supported to live in their own homes as independently as possible for as long as possible and, if they have to come into hospital, then they can return home or to a homely setting as soon as they are able. Of course, they also want to know that there is a hospital bed there if they need it.

“This drop-in event will share information about the new community-based models of care which hundreds of older people in the Angus locality are already benefiting from.

“We hope that as many people as possible from the local community can come along to hear first-hand from health and care professionals about the new models of care and ask any questions.”

The event will open at 9.30 a.m. and will run until noon. Discussion groups with community members about the new models of care and future developments will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Giving her support to the event, councillor Glennis Middleton, chair of the Integrated Joint Board, the new health and social care partnership between NHS Tayside and Angus Council, said: “I would encourage the people of Arbroath to come along to this event and hear about the new models of care which are great examples of how integrated health and social care services can improve the lives of our older people.

“From 1 April, 2015, NHS Tayside and Angus Council have joined up in a new way to deliver adult health and social care services.

“This new way of working will improve the quality and consistency of services for patients, service users, carers, families and communities and will ensure that those individuals with long-term conditions and disabilities will receive the joined-up and seamless support and care that they need to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.”