Articles tagged with: Westcotes
A significant investment was made in building Westcotes Health Centre under the last Labour Government. It should be providing a wide range of high quality GP and community health services but I’m very concerned that much of the building isn’t being fully used.
There are currently two GP practices, some district nursing, a specialist dental service and Brennan Pharmacy. However, the centre has space to offer a lot more, which is way I’ve met with local NHS bosses to once again press for action to make better use of this community asset. Under the new structures of the NHS, there seemed to be a lack of clear responsibility for this building.
I stressed the importance of giving local people a say on the services they would like to see and with this in mind, I’ll be carrying out a large community survey and holding a public meeting. Please get in touch if you’re a patient at the centre or if this is a topic that interests you.
The fantastic Robert Hall Community Church plays a really active role within the local Westcotes community. I recently joined the Church to launch their Thursday Club, a new initiative to bring older people together so that they can meet their neighbours over a lovely cuppa and homemade cake.
A group of committed volunteers led by Pam Bryan, the Minister at Robert Hall, set the club up because they were worried about older people not having enough opportunities to get out and meet new people. It runs every Thursday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. I think this is a lovely initiative, which gets my full support. I certainly enjoyed my visit and would recommend others to pop in.
On Friday 27th April 2012 I held a community drop-in at the West End Neighbourhood Centre in Westcotes Ward. I had written to over 500 local residents to invite them to meet me and discuss their concerns for the local area.
On Friday 28th September 2012 I held a community drop-in at Manor House in Westcotes Ward. I had written to over 500 local residents to invite them to meet me and discuss their concerns for the local area.