Local healthcare assurances from NHS Tayside

NHS Scotland Photo Library''Picture by John Young / YoungMedia 2011
NHS Scotland Photo Library''Picture by John Young / YoungMedia 2011

The drop-in event held in Arbroath on Saturday to tell local people about improvements in health and care services for older people in south Angus was attended by councillors and interested members of the community.

Gail Smith, interim lead officer for Angus CHP and lead nurse and Dr Cesar Rodriguez, associate medical director for older people, informed the group about future models of care for older people in the area, including dementia and psychiatry of old age services.

Attendees at the event, which was organised in partnership between NHS Tayside, Angus Council and third sector partners, also heard about investment into Arbroath Infirmary and improvements being made to palliative care facilities and the environment for dementia patients.

Members of the public were also able to ask questions and take part in discussions with health and care professionals. There were information stands from Angus Carers, Macmillan Cancer Care, Voluntary Action Angus and Angus Council, amongst others.

Bill Nicoll, director of primary and community services for NHS Tayside said: “We would like to thank those who came along to the event to hear about important changes to services for older people in the locality. I would also like to thank our partners whose stands provided the public with a wealth of information about local services available.

“We have agreed the need to continue to rapidly improve services, while keeping local people informed as these changes impact on patient, service users and carers.

“As we move towards the integration of health and social care, people can expect to become increasingly involved in service change and transformation.”

Read the full story in the Arbroath Herald, available from Friday.