A health and wellbeing fair held at North Cotswolds Hospital (NCH) in May last year has received national recognition by winning a Community Hospital Association (CHA) Award.
The award was given for the initial idea, hard work and planning that then went into the day. CHA committee members were impressed by the vision of the event and the breadth of agencies that were connected to promote health and wellbeing.
The event included over 25 stalls providing information and advice around health and wellbeing initiatives, interactive workshops from health professionals, fun activities, healthy refreshments and the opportunity to contribute to running a marathon during the course of the afternoon via a running machine. It was also used to promote NCH as a health and wellbeing hub, where people could meet and find out more about the healthy initiatives available where they live, help lonely or isolated people to socialise with their community and help connect community organisations.
Former matron of North Cotswolds Hospital, Linda Edwards (now matron of Cirencester Hospital), said: “We are all really pleased to be recognised by the CHA. A huge amount of planning went into the event and we had help from the League of Friends, colleagues across the Trust, including Administration Lead Kathryn Close who was instrumental in the project planning, as well as a number of local organisations all of whom gave their time and, in many cases, donations for free.”
Linda along with Niamh Davis (Staff Nurse ), Ellie Peters (Health Care Assistant) and Jane Fifield (Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist) attended the award ceremony, which took place on Saturday 3 June at the Annual CHA Conference in Manchester. Linda and Jane also presented an interactive session to attendees, further explaining the planning process.
Linda added” It was a great event (despite the British weather!) to promote Health and Wellbeing!”.
13 June 2017