Back in September LymeForward's Health and Wellbeing Group asked you to contribute to a survey to create invaluable "data" which can be used when needed. The results have now been analysed with the report available here .
The survey was kindly hosted on a goodwill basis by a professional market research company, 'Closer to Customers', who are based in the area, and also managed an almost-identical survey in the Axminster area, through the Patient Participation Group of the Axminster Medical Practice.
It's clearly the week for long-awaited news: Bridget Betts of Dorset Coastal Forun has today received notification from Groundwork UK on behalf of MHCLG to let her know that our Dorset Portfolio project ‘Gateways to Businesses Growth in Dorset’ stage 1 application has been successful and we have been invited to apply to stage 2 Coastal Communities Fund Round 5. Their email also states that ‘On behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Groundwork UK we apologise for the delay communicating our decision to you. We appreciate your patience and will support you to remedy any inconvenience caused to your project plans’. We are also warned " that we need to be aware that stage 2 is very competitive and there is no guarantee of funding as MHCLG are only able to support those applications that demonstrate the strongest fit with our criteria".
A reminder of the local components put forward by the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Coastal Community Team:
Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has published some decisions as of 7th November 2018.
1. The contract held by Virgin Care for GP / Medical Services (ie doctors, nurse practitioners, practice nurses, management and administrative support) at Lyme Regis Medical Centre will end on 31 May 2019. The roughly 4,400 people registered at Lyme Regis Medical Centre are each receiving a letter from the CCG explaining this, offering reassurance that from that date 'GP services will be provided at the practice under new local arrangements …. services will continue at the practice in the future', and advising that there is no need to register elsewhere.
2. That part of the contract covering community services (ie community nurses and healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, and occupational therapist) will cease on the same date. In a few days a contract for these services will be advertised for tender by potential providers, with the successful bidder likely to be known by the end of March / early...
Medication is sometimes essential. GPs and nurses are sometimes vital. Hospitals are sometimes critical.
But equally important is doing all we can to keep fit and healthy; so is having good support if recovering from treatment or living with long-term conditions.
DRoP! is a free one-off drop-in event bringing to Lyme Regis a range of people and organisations that offer non-clinical services helping us to maintain physical and mental health, to live in as fulfilling a way as possible, or to manage living independently when that is difficult. Thirty-five organisations have so far promised to come, with more on the way.
When? Wednesday 28th November, any time between 4.00pm & 7.00pm.
Where? The Pine Hall of the Baptist Church, Broad Street.
Tammi Gale, Organiser for Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorchester and Beaminster, described at the recent LymeForward meeting the support that could be given (if appropriate volunteers were available) to families with a child under 5 by Home Start..For more details see http://www.homestartwestdorset.co.uk/ and this leaflet.Tammi described how volunteer parents (a crucial requirement) receive 40 hours of training and are then matched with a family who on average receive support for 2-3 hours a week for 6-12 months. The outcomes were increased self-esteem and confidence in own abilities. No magic, basically replacing what communities and families used to do.There have been issues in becoming known in Lyme Regis (both to potential users and possible volunteers), but thanks to help from Cheryl Reynolds, 12 people are now starting a 10 week course with another 18 interested. Once trained and assessed, they would be ready to start work by next Spring. LymeForward and others could help by...