Local doctors praise council's efforts to support residents

Tue, 18 Feb 2020

Two local doctors visited East Riding of Yorkshire Council's public health and adult social care teams recently and have spoken positively about the current innovative work taking place across the East Riding to support residents to live healthy and active lives.

Dr Colin Garnham, clinical director for the Primary Care Network covering Beverley and the surrounding area, visited County Hall, Beverley, to explore opportunities about how the local doctors surgeries and the council can further collaborate and improve outcomes for East Riding residents.

John Skidmore, director for adults, health and customer services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "The visit focused on public health commissioned services and adult social care and was very positive.

"Dr Garnham will be visiting again shortly to explore how we can further support each other's work across residential and home care services and our libraries and health and wellbeing offer in our leisure centres to support our residents to live healthy and active lives."

In a separate visit, Dr Alexander McNeill, senior registrar at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust visited County Hall, Beverley, to discuss opportunities about how we can build an even stronger understanding together and help each other strategically and operationally in terms of working with the Hull Royal and Castle Hill Hospitals.

John Skidmore said: "The first session focused on public health and head of public health, Andy Kingdom, and his team showcased our work which led to great conversations and a new understanding about how our respective work can help each other very positively for the benefit of children and adults in the East Riding."

Residential care, digital and home care featured in the second session with the head of business management and commissioning, Yvonne Rhodes, and some of her team showcasing the innovative work the council is doing to support hospital discharge and to enhance the resilience of the residential and home care sector.

John added: "Again, fantastic conversations took place and lots of opportunities are to be explored with the consultant leads for elderly care, for example.

"Dr McNeill will feed back on his day to the Trust's medical director and discuss how the many ideas and opportunities can be taken forward to create the shared understanding to move this forward.

"Dr McNeill has agreed to visit again in April to better understand the opportunities across adult services and our health and wellbeing offer in our libraries and leisure centres working strongly and confidently with our partners."

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