Category Archives: Communication

Have your say on health services in the district

Health in sand


There are currently several consultations on the provision of local health services. Have you had your say? This is our opportunity to help shape parts of the health service for the future.

Consultations include:

  • Pharmacy service provision
  • Helping people stay well and independent in the local community
  • Improving patient safety and learning from errors
  • Changes in GP services

Details of all of these consultations are on our ‘Have Your Say’ webpage. Make sure you express your views on these important matters.


Don’t ignore the household enquiry form!

Voter registrationLots of us get heaps or junk mail every week. Even so, it’s worthwhile checking you’re not missing an important communication.Currently, household enquiry forms are being distributed to householders. Even if all the information is correct, or you have recently provided the information, you have a legal obligation to reply. Failure to complete this form, or register a response on-line, could leave you facing a £1,000 fine. To find out more, click here.

Have you seen something suspicious?

Terrorist attack 2The police are keen to encourage the public’s support in preventing terrorism and assisting in the investigation of terrorist attacks. Following the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, the police are trying to increase public awareness of how people can assist them. To find out what happens when you report something suspicious  Click here.

New Guide to Healthy Ageing


‘A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing’ (online pdf)  produced in conjunction with Age UK,  is intended to help people to stay physically and mentally well by providing “hints and tips” on how to keep fit and independent. While it is aimed at people of any age, it is particularly relevant for people aged around 70 years or older who are beginning to find that everyday tasks now take them longer to do and may be suffering from mild frailty.

Credit Union in Harrogate District

There is a new contact, Natalie Ibbetson,

Leeds City Credit UnionThe timetable for surgeries:

Every Monday 8:30am –  12:00pm at Ripon Town Hall

First Tuesday in the month 8:30am – 12:00pm at Starbeck Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays at Knaresborough Library

Every Wednesday 1pm – 4pm at Harrogate Borough Council offices, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate

Inspiring interview about combating loneliness



After 65 years of marriage to Kath, 93 year old Bob Lowe found himself alone after her death. Feeling lonely, he became involved with Silver Line, a telephone support service set up by Esther Rantzen to support older lonely people. Subsequently he has become an inspiration to others by his approach to coping with loneliness. He has also written a poem entitled ‘Ode to Kath’ which he recited on Breakfast TV this morning. To read his poem and find out more about Bob and Kath, click here to access an article which appeared in the Daily Mail in 2014.

What protection do whistleblowers have?

Whistle-blowingFollowing our forum meeting on November 26th which suggested ways in which the principles of the NHS are being undermined, members expressed concern about how the the NHS could be protected. The presentation also highlighted the role whistleblowers play in alerting others to concerns about the NHS. But, what are the consequences for the individuals involved. Do they receive any protection?

The Care Quality Commission is currently seeking your views on its plans for the new role of Public Guardian, which aims to support whistleblowers. See our ‘Have Your Say‘ page for details, before December 9th 2015.