NHS AGM

FIND out about NHS South West Essex’s work over the last year and learn more about its plans for the future at its Annual General Meeting.

The Primary Care Trust will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 30 September at 12.30pm in the Thameside Theatre, Thameside Complex, Grays, RM17 5DX.

As well as fulfilling the statutory function of publicly approving the accounts, the AGM is an opportunity to look back at NHS South West Essex’s successes, acknowledge areas for improvement and hear about the Primary Care Trust’s objectives for years to come.

The meeting is also a chance for people to meet those who are accountable for the local health service, ask their questions and give their feedback.

Pam Court, Chief Executive of NHS South West Essex, says: “In 2008/9 the NHS celebrated its 60th birthday, and NHS South West Essex reached the age of two.

“We are proud to say that, in such a short space of time, we achieved so much along with our partners. It has given us a sound foundation from which to launch our five year strategy, which we have done this summer.

“This year, NHS South West Essex will be reviewing 2008/9, as well as presenting our strategic priorities, at its AGM in Grays.”

Alongside the formal meeting in the theatre at Thameside, there will be a number of information stalls in the complex.

From 11.30am, people can browse the stands and learn more about local health services, find out about the opportunities available for partners and the community to work together, and talk to NHS South West Essex staff.

The stalls will give a snapshot of healthcare and health-related issues in the area, including swine flu, healthy living, mental health services, voluntary services, patient advice, services for people with long term conditions – such as the respiratory condition COPD, heart failure or diabetes – and children’s services (paediatrics).

Key NHS South West Essex partners will be among those with stalls at the event, including NHS South West Essex Community Services, SEPT (South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, local Council for Voluntary Services and LINks (Local Involvement Networks).

The AGM is a public meeting, which is free to attend and open to everyone. However, NHS South West Essex would like to plan for numbers, so anyone wishing to attend the meeting is asked to contact Board Administrator Kate Ferrant by phoning 01268 705126 or emailing kate.ferrant@swessex.nhs.uk.

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