Cross border health links ‘benefiting’ patients

WHSCT staff viewing the recently launched CAWT Annual Report. Seated (left to right): Dr Maura O'Neill, Head of Health Improvement; Claire McGinley, CAWT Obesity Project Manager, HSCB; Joe Travers, Head of Secondary Care and Louise Potts, CAWT Autism Project Manager. Standing (left to right): Karen Meehan, CAWT Social Inclusion Project Manager; Therese Brown, Head of Clinical Quality and Safety; Marianne Walsh, CAWT Workforce Mobility Project Manager and Linda Saunderson, CAWT Acute hospital services Project Manager.

WHSCT staff viewing the recently launched CAWT Annual Report. Seated (left to right): Dr Maura O'Neill, Head of Health Improvement; Claire McGinley, CAWT Obesity Project Manager, HSCB; Joe Travers, Head of Secondary Care and Louise Potts, CAWT Autism Project Manager. Standing (left to right): Karen Meehan, CAWT Social Inclusion Project Manager; Therese Brown, Head of Clinical Quality and Safety; Marianne Walsh, CAWT Workforce Mobility Project Manager and Linda Saunderson, CAWT Acute hospital services Project Manager.

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Cross border health links are bringing “real benefits” to patients in the North West region, a leading health official has revealed.

Joe Lusby, deputy Chief Executive of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT), was speaking at the launch of Co-Operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) annual report.

CAWT - the cross border health and social care partnership - has revealed that, to date, almost 7,000 people in total have benefitted from cross border health and social care services under their current work programme.

This includes patients and clients from the WHSCT area who have availed of these services.

Commenting on cross border activity in the WHSCT, Joe Lusby said: “The Western Trust’s involvement in cross border activities is bringing real benefits to clients and patients in our area.

“In particular, it has enabled us to enhance such services as vascular, sexual health, health promotion and initiatives to promote social inclusion.

“More generally, by working together and sharing resources across the border, we can provide better access to services for patients and clients living in our more rural border areas.”

CAWT’s 2010 report provides a summary of progress and achievements for all cross border health and social care services and activities underway.

It includes additional eating disorder services; supports to children and young people to manage their diabetes and to women with diabetes planning pregnancy; new and additional sexual health clinics; acute hospital services in the areas of ENT, urology and vascular; alcohol abuse prevention work; and obesity prevention and management programmes.