Forum update on health issues for the over 60s in Lewes

The Lewes District Seniors’ Forum will be addressing two issues of major interest at an open meeting next week.

Firstly, speakers from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Healthwatch will be talking about the impact of NHS changes in the district.

The CCG acts on behalf of all local GPs in assessing the community’s needs and priorities and securing provision to meet them. Healthwatch is the organisation which “encourages local people to share their opinions on the health and social care services that are available in the area”.

This will be followed by representatives of Santon and East Sussex County Council updating the meeting on the proposals for the North Street Quarter of Lewes and, in particular, their thinking on housing for the over-60s.

The Forum aims to ensure that the views of its members are heard when major decisions are made. “We represent a large group, both those who lived through wartime and the ‘baby-boomers’ born after it,” said Chairman Richard Partridge. “This includes those who grew up in the rebellious 1960s who are themselves now over 60 and who still want their voice to be heard.”

The meeting, open to all over 50, is at 10am in St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe, on Wednesday, March 19.