Local resident, Zea, urges people in West Sussex to have their say about changes to the NHS

Healthcare in West Sussex will only work if people get to have their say – urges local resident Zea Hudson.

25-year-old Zea, from Ferring, is encouraging others to speak out as part of ‘What Would You do? led, by independent health and social care champions Healthwatch West Sussex.

Launched last week, What would you do? aims to encourage people in West Sussex to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services should change locally to make the NHS work better for people.

Zea said:

‘I have personal experience of living with physical and mental health issues, so I have a keen interest and experience of local health services. I’m excited that this survey is happening because it gives me the chance to feedback my experiences. I’m pleased that my views will finally be heard and acted upon to make services better.’

“By talking and listening to people who have been ill and used these services – you get fantastic knowledge and feedback about health services, which we will all have to use at some stage in our lives. I would encourage others to take part and make sure their voice is heard.'

Zea supports the work of Healthwatch West Sussex by being involved in our work with young people.

What would you do? aims to get feedback from people in an online survey. Questions will focus on local services in the following areas cancer; mental health; dementia; heart and lung conditions; learning disabilities and autism.

Katrina Broadhill, Manager at Healthwatch West Sussex, added:

'The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once in a generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in West Sussex.

'We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy - and could make a big difference.'

Staff and volunteers from Healthwatch West Sussex will be talking to local people throughout the county at local events in March and April and to find out when we will be in an area near you visit our Events Calendar.

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