Story by Lucy Davies
Healthwatch Sheffield is a completely independent local consumer watchdog for health and social care services. We’re here to help adults, children and young people influence and improve how services are designed and run, and we’d love to hear from people in Burngreave.
In 2013 the ‘Fairness on the 83 Bus’ report highlighted the inequalities which run through Sheffield. The 83 Bus links Millhouses with Ecclesfield in the North, running through Burngreave on the way – across this route, the report noted a drop in average life expectancy of 7.5 years for men and almost 10 years for women. More recent figures show us that both men and women living in Ecclesall Ward are estimated to live a decade longer than in Burngreave Ward.
There are many social factors which shape the health of people; these include education, childhood experiences, housing, environment, and employment. Access to the right health and care services when you need them is also vital. At Healthwatch Sheffield we hear many stories about how people find it difficult to access services including accessing interpreters, poor information about social care, and difficulties with transport to get to appointments.
Because Healthwatch is set up by legislation, we are in a strong position to raise issues which are important to you. We are currently thinking about what we will focus on over the next couple of years and would love to hear from you about which health and social care issues are affecting you.
You can fill in our survey online www.tinyurl.com/priorities-2020 , or follow the link from the homepage of our website www.healthwatchsheffield.co.uk You can also contact us by phone on 0114 253 6688.