'Health van' coming to Preston next month on its tour of Lancashire

The Healthwatch Chatty Van.
The Healthwatch Chatty Van.
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Two Lancashire health organisations are joining forces to travel the county to understand residents’ views on digital health.

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, and Healthwatch Lancashire, have teamed up to tour Lancashire and South Cumbria in Healthwatch’s ‘Chatty Van’, inset, to talk to people about how technology can be used to improve health and wellbeing.

Having already been to Lancaster and Morecambe and a visit to Preston planned for next month, the tour “will provide information about digital technologies currently available as well as listening to feedback about where digital can improve”.

Dr Amanda Thornton, Clinical Lead for Digital Health in Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “As our digital offer grows, we hope people will find it easier and more convenient to use online services, but not forgetting that technology will never replace the care and compassion that comes from our dedicated workforce.”

Dr Thornton added: “We know digital will not work for everybody. Some people struggle with computers and not everybody has access to the internet.

“For those who would like to use digital but cannot, our aim will be to find ways to help them get online.

“This will help get some real insight from local people about how the NHS can use digital technology and innovations in the future.”

The tour comes to Preston on Friday, August 3, from 10am to 4pm at Preston Flag Market.

It is also at Clitheroe’s Moor Lane Sainsbury’s from 3pm to 6pm this afternoon and Skelmersdale’s Asda Superstore car park tomorrow.