UCHSG was formed in April 2017. Issues we have discussed include: 

    • New pharmacy arrangements at the health centre; 
    • The Fair Food project; 
    • The role of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau; 
    • Understanding about locum doctors, their recruitment and contracts; 
    • The “Health Centre” Charity Fund; 
    • Patient Travel and video-conferencing; 
    • Out of Hours staffing. 

And members of the Group have done the following things:

    • Staffed a stall at a Farmers’ Market to discuss health and social care in general, and the availability of video-conferencing for appointments in particular: 
    • Met with the author of the national policy on out-of-hours staffing; 
    • Corresponded with senior managers in NHS Shetland and the SIC. This is an important way of making sure that managers are aware of the concerns of Unst residents; 
    • Helped to improve the response rate to an NHS/SIC questionnaire by leaving copies at key outlets and through encouragement; 
    • Distributed a leaflet to Unst households about the new pharmacy arrangements; 
    • Made the minutes of meetings available by pinning them up at Skibhoul; 
    • Commented on the new Health centre website; 
    • Took forward discussions about Fair Food and the Citizens Advice Bureau with NHS officials

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