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Healthwatch wants your stories

Press release   •   Nov 25, 2013 16:23 GMT

Rochdale residents are being invited to share their health and social care experiences, in order to shape services in the borough.

Every fourth Thursday from 28 November, Healthwatch Rochdale will host new drop-in sessions at Rochdale Central Library in Number One Riverside to gather people’s experiences with their local hospital, doctors surgeries or social care providers.

The drop-in sessions will take place from 10 am to 3 pm on:

  • Thursday 28 November
  • Thursday 23 January
  • Thursday 27 February

Jacqueline Bestley, Healthwatch Rochdale’s Community Engagement Officer said: “Residents views really matter and can help to improve health and social care services in the borough.

“If people share just one good or bad experience that they have had in the last five years then we can analyse them and share the information with the local Health and Wellbeing Board to help shape future services in the borough. We also want to know about stories regarding good practice to use to encourage others to do the same.

Residents can also submit their experiences online via a ‘Speak Out’ button on the website at

Healthwatch is a new government initiative set up to make sure local people can have a say in their local health and social care services.

For more details of a wide range of events in Rochdale Central Library visit the libraries page at

Further details

Healthwatch Rochdale is also hosting drop-in sessions at:

PHOENIX CENTRE Church Street, Heywood, OL10 1LR 10.30am - 3.30pm

  • 4 December 2013
  • 5 February 2014
  • 5 March 2014

LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT Warwick Mill, Oldham Road, Middleton, M24 1AZ 10am - 3pm

  • 10 December 2013
  • 14 January 2013
  • 11 February 2013

PENNININES AREA - Dates and location to be confirmed

Healthwatch Rochdale is an independent government initiative with statutory functions which can gather and analyse people’s stories in order to pick up ‘trends’ and make recommendations to health and social care services.

Head to our website.

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