Outer West health issues to be tackled

Participants in the 'Health Needs Analysis Outer West' workshop at Ballymagroarty Community Centre are(from left)  Marie McLaughlin (Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project), Eric McGinley, Nora McGowan (Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership), Wendy Gibbon (Outer West), Karen Davidson (Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership), Maeve McLaughlin MLA, Ann Linstrom (Western Health and Social Care Trust), Roxanne Quigley (NHIP/BHCP) and Gerry O'Lochlainn (Glen Development Initiative). DERR3615GS059
Participants in the 'Health Needs Analysis Outer West' workshop at Ballymagroarty Community Centre are(from left) Marie McLaughlin (Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project), Eric McGinley, Nora McGowan (Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership), Wendy Gibbon (Outer West), Karen Davidson (Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank Community Partnership), Maeve McLaughlin MLA, Ann Linstrom (Western Health and Social Care Trust), Roxanne Quigley (NHIP/BHCP) and Gerry O'Lochlainn (Glen Development Initiative). DERR3615GS059
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Community workers and leaders in the Outer West Area have begun a major Health Needs Review of the area in a move to help focus health services where they are needed most.

A consultation process was started yesterday to start formulating a health questionnaire to be delivered to around 5000 homes in the Outer West area at the end of October.

Attending the launch of the consultation process was Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin, chair of the Health Committee at Stormont.

Ms McLaughlin said in her role on the Health Committee over the past two years she had been able to identify key areas for focus in the Derry area - and added that health inequality was still a major issue here.

She said it was clear there were “big, big gaps” in service provision across more deprived areas of the North.

Issues such as child poverty, addiction and the provision of care and support to an ageing population are high on her radar, she said.

Karen Davidson of Ballymagroarty Hazelbank Community Partnership said there was much to be done in the area and key areas had been identified where increased support, or a possible ‘health hub’, offering an umbrella project for support services could help residents.

Residents will be invited to complete and return their health questionnaires later this year, with a prize draw being used as an incentive to promote a higher uptake.