Pressing for good health and social care


CHANGES are looming early next year in the way primary health care and community health services are provided locally.

LymeForward’s Health & Wellbeing Group is seeing what residents can do together to influence the service providers as soon as they are known from Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Data and shared experiences are important to support local suggestions. So one way everyone can help greatly is by sparing about 10 minutes to complete an online survey of previous and present experiences with our health and care services.

The survey can be found online at and the deadline for completion is September 30.

Chris Boothroyd, chairman of the Health & Wellbeing Group, said: “The survey is important for two reasons. First, it will provide useful facts. Second, it’s what the CCG and providers would be expecting of anybody trying to influence their ideas: ‘But do you have any data to back up what you’re saying?’ is what they will ask, so it’s better to reply ‘Yes, we do’ instead of ‘No, but we’ll try to collect some if you like’.

“Please do help. This isn’t one of those consultations from the authorities, but our own local survey to help strengthen residents’ own influence on the authorities.”

Any residents who would like to discuss issues more thoroughly with a member of the Health & Wellbeing Group is invited to email Chris on

The group will be organising a public open meeting later in the autumn, and is happy to visit any existing Lyme Regis, Charmouth or Uplyme groups that would like to know more.

This survey is being hosted on a goodwill basis by a professional market research company, ‘Closer to Customers’, based in the area. They have been managing an almost-identical survey in the Axminster area, so results from the two together should be doubly valuable given the number of shared cross-border health and care issues.

No data that can identify individual respondents will be kept after the survey is complete.

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