Media Release 12 April 2011
MyNHS Walsall – the pioneering free public membership scheme which gives local people a chance to have their say on how health services are planned, developed and delivered – is helping to fly the flag by taking its 2011 Roadshow to the St George’s Day Celebrations at The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall on Saturday 23 April.
The Roadshow will give visitors the chance to take part in some fun activities like quizzes and also to find about what’s going on health wise in Walsall. Zoe Tonkinson from MyNHS Walsall said “… health is very important for all of us but sometimes we do take it for granted. The MyNHS Roadshow will help people to become more aware of some of the key health issues in their area in a fun way”.
Visitors will also get to find out how MyNHS Walsall is helping to improve health services in Walsall by working very closely with local GP’s, the PCT, Walsall Council and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
The MyNHS Roadshow will be one of many attractions at The St George’s Day Celebrations which are taking place between 11.00am and 3.30pm outside and in front of The Crossing at St Pauls, Darwell Street, Walsall.
For more information please contact:
MyNHS Walsall’s Communications Portfolio Holders
Rupy Pandaal on 079822 60970
John Winsper on 07958 640529
Notes to Editors:
MyNHS Walsall is the groundbreaking and free to join public membership scheme for people with an interest in local health issues. Established by NHS Walsall in 2008, in 2010 it merged with the Foundation Trust membership scheme of Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust (now Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust), making it the biggest patient involvement organisation in the borough with membership at just over 14,000.
Members are represented by an 80-strong Parliament. The full Parliament meets quarterly, with members taking part in a wide range of working groups, committees and other related activities between meetings.
Parliamentarians have played an active role in developing local health services, recently influencing the training for GPs in diagnosing dementia and the new borough wide strategy for primary care.
PICTURE CAPTION: Pictured ready to roll out the new Roadshow are MyNHS Parliament members (from left): Ken Taylor, Anne Paddock, Zoe Tonkinson, Mike Abel, Pat Etchells, Deirdre Pedley and Sydney Marson.