Thousands of patients invited to health and wellbeing event in Great Yarmouth

GPs and staff of East Norfolk Medical Practice and Age Concern promoting the event.
Picture: Trevor

GPs and staff of East Norfolk Medical Practice and Age Concern promoting the event. Picture: Trevor Saunders - Credit: Archant

Thousands of patients are being invited to attend a public event in Great Yarmouth that will provide an insight into services and dozens of wellbeing and health groups in the area.

The Great Yarmouth Care Working Together Event will be held at the Acorn Centre in Regent Street on Wednesday, May 31 between 12.30pm and 7pm.

It has been organised by East Norfolk Medical Practice's Patient Participation Group and will see 70 local groups involved with health and wellbeing in the Great Yarmouth area on hand to answer questions and showcase what support is available to patients.

As well as patients at the East Norfolk Medical Practice's three surgeries, the event is open to all members of the public. Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate will also be attending.

The event is also aimed at third sector groups as well as NHS, private, community and charity organisations. It is the third such event and is the first open to patients as well as GPs and clinicians.

The events were the brainchild of organiser Trevor Saunders who is a voluntary member of East Norfolk Medical Practice's Patient Participation Group, the voice between patients and GPs.

He said: 'The events were created to support GPs and clinicians who wanted to better understand what third sector services were available in the community, with a view of building stronger relationships and working together more effectively to give patients the option of going directly to a relevant organisation thus saving an appointment slot for someone that needed to see a GP.

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'The events have been a tremendous success and are now being developed into smaller more specific groups such as gambling awareness, cooking for conditions and age support. This enables GPs, patients and clinicians to support in a more precise manner.

Jonathan Knights, from the medical practice, said: 'East Norfolk Medical Practice is extremely grateful for the work Trevor Saunders has undertaken in bringing this event together. We are really excited there will be over 70 organisations involved in health care and wellbeing under one roof. It is clear there is a huge amount going on in Yarmouth to help and support people but often people are not aware of what is available. 'This event is an opportunity to learn what is on offer and not to be missed.'

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