Visit to Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre

Visit to Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre

FRIDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER, 2017

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PHOTO CAPTION: LEFT TO RIGHT – LETHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEMBER DENNIS TOWNS, DR DAVID DORWARD, CHAIR OF ENDOWMENT ADVISORY GROUP, NHS TAYSIDE CHAIRMAN PROFESSOR JOHN CONNELL, NHS TAYSIDE AND ANGUS IJB BOARD MEMBER ALISON ROGERS, ACTING COASTAL SERVICES MANAGER FOR VOLUNTARY ACTION ANGUS BARRY THOMSON, LETHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEMBER ISOBEL SWORD, HEAD OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES GAIL SMITH, CHD/STROKE PREVENTION COORDINATOR KAREN FLETCHER, DUNDEE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PARTNERSHIP IJB VICE-CHAIR DOUG CROSS AND NHS TAYSIDE DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC CHANGE BILL NICOLL

Visit to Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre

Members of Tayside NHS Health Board and the Endowment Advisory Group visited Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre this week to hear about the recent progress in care developments at the facility.

The centre, which opened in October 2015, acts as a hub for local health and wellbeing solutions for the community of Letham.

Gail Smith, Head of Community Health and Care Services (North Angus) for Angus Health and Social Care Partnership, welcomed NHS Tayside Chairman Professor John Connell, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Integration Joint Board Vice-Chair Doug Cross and a number of Board members to the centre, and introduced them to members of the multidisciplinary team based at the hub.

The multidisciplinary team includes community nursing staff, community pharmacy staff, Voluntary Action Angus (VAA) and third sector colleagues.

During the visit, members of the team provided information on the successful developments at Letham, including nursing clinics, improved IT systems and the minor injury and illness service at the community pharmacy.

Volunteers supported by Voluntary Action Angus were also on hand to demonstrate the use of the Surgery Pod, which can record a person’s blood pressure and other measurements, then forwards the results directly to their GP practice, thus avoiding the need for attendance at a GP surgery.

Gail Smith said, “We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre. The support of the Letham population via the Community Council has been instrumental in ensuring the project at Letham has been a success.”

NHS Tayside Chairman Professor John Connell said, “I was incredibly impressed with everybody involved in the Letham Health and Wellbeing Centre. They deliver a new model of support for patients in the community, improving wellbeing and providing improved access to healthcare in the community.”

Contact:

Debbie Huband,

NHS Tayside communications

(01382) 740134