Health information will be delivered to every household in Gwent
A new guide to help Gwent residents choose the right health service is being delivered to every home in the area.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has launched the new booklet – titled NHS Services for you and your Family – to offer advice to area residents when they need medical help but are unsure where to go.
With pharmacies and doctors’ offices able to offer an expanded range of services and treatments, it’s now easier than ever to get expert care closer to home, but it’s important for residents to understand these changes so that they can access the right service when they need it.
The pamphlet also offers tips for staying healthy by eating well, exercising and looking after mental well-being, in the hope that leading healthier lives will see fewer residents needing hospital services and, in turn, will ease pressure on local NHS services.
Following the opening of The Grange University Hospital nearly 18 months ago, the Board of Health is keen to ensure residents understand what the various services can offer them, depending on their needs.
Glyn Jones, Acting Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Council, said: ‘We know there have been many changes and developments to our health services in Gwent and we want to make sure that the public fully understands how to access these services.
“Our NHS is a much-loved and vitally important part of all our lives, so in order to protect it, I would encourage local residents to read the booklet to find out how to get the most appropriate care in the right place.
“We want everyone to play their part to keep the system running smoothly – and that is particularly important at this time when our services are under great pressure.”
This new booklet serves as a follow-up guide to the Your NHS Services in Gwent are Changing booklet which was sent to all households in the Health Board area ahead of The Grange University Hospital opening in autumn 2020.
The booklet has been printed as a bilingual document (Welsh/English) and also in the 12 most commonly used languages in Gwent: Bengali, Polish, Ukrainian, Arabic, Urdu, Slovak, Romanian, Hungarian, Chinese-Mandarin, Turkish, Czech, and Russian. Audio files have also been produced and Easy Read and sign language versions are currently in production.
For those who don’t want to wait for the booklet to arrive on their doormat, it can be viewed at https://abuhb.nhs.wales/clinical-futures