Port hosts health and social care integration event

Port Bannatyne's village hall hosted a 'conversation cafe' event on Monday, December 8, 2014, ahead of the integration of health and social care services across the Argyll and Bute area next year.
Port Bannatyne's village hall hosted a 'conversation cafe' event on Monday, December 8, 2014, ahead of the integration of health and social care services across the Argyll and Bute area next year.

Port Bannatyne’s village hall hosted a ‘conversation cafe’ on Monday giving locals the chance to have their say in the build-up to the integration of health and social care services across Argyll and Bute next year.

The new Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, a joint initiative between the local council, the NHS, the third sector and care providers, starts work in April and aims to bring a more co-ordinated approach to the delivery of services in the area.

Joanne Currie, senior charge nurse at the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay, said: “Historically, health was one component of the system and social services was another, and that meant there was the potential for some gaps in provision, but it is hoped that integration will solve that by breaking down some of the barriers between the services.”

A further ‘conversation cafe’ will be held at the Green Tree Cafe, within the Moat Community Centre in Rothesay’s Stuart Street, from 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm this Friday, December 12.