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Open doors to the community

17 March 2021


James Paget University Hospital work with many partners in health, social care, voluntary and charitable organisations to benefit the community, striving for seamless care for patients and carers in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area.

The Macmillan ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ project which the JPUH is part of, is looking at improving the patient experience of cancer, developing new services, which includes holding health and well-being events.

JPUH approached our working partners at Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council, to hold a virtual event highlighting services and activities which are happening in the community now, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic.

This event is not just for patients with cancer, but is of benefit for all.

The working group approached local services, organisations and those providing activities, who have adapted their services to meet the needs of local people during lockdown.

You can access this information by clicking here and visiting our You Tube playlist.

By accessing the playlist you can choose from a variety of short videos clips to hear useful information and see some of the amazing services and activities going on in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area now.

Open Doors To The Community Poster

Accessing these clips should help support you both physically and emotionally and improve your wellbeing. This is of benefit to all irrespective of whether you are a patient, carer or a resident.

Nikki Sawkins,Macmillan Living With and Beyond Cancer Nurse Lead at the James Paget, said; “We have worked so well together on the production of this event initially for JPUH staff, but now available to everyone living in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. We consider this is such a useful partnership we will continue to work together for the benefit of all, in improving information sharing and support to the wider community.”

Jo Pawlett, a patient representative and member of the Cancer Services team at the hospital said; “There is so much support available currently that I was completely unaware of. I feel fortunate to live in such a supportive community.”

Nicole Rickard, Head of Communities at East Suffolk Council, said; “This work highlights the range of services, activities and support available to local residents, despite the pandemic. We really value working with our partners to make people’s lives better and I would urge people to check out what is available.”

Cllr Andy Grant, chairman of the Housing and Neighbourhood Committee at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said; “Working together on this project has been a proactive way to ensure residents of the borough are aware of what services and activities are on offer locally. Whether it’s a support service, a community group or a community activity, there is so much available for residents to get involved in and benefit from.”