Being healthy: Ideas and reflections from Scarborough

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Summary of report content

To get the views of people in Scarborough, Healthwatch North Yorkshire worked with SeeCHANGE to get a broad view of people’s views of good health, their experience of keeping themselves healthy and their interactions with health services. They wanted to understand what people felt could help support them to be healthier and be able to do those things that they identified as the benefits of good health. They received 220 valid responses to our survey.

GP services, NHS dentists, delayed treatment and services moving away from Scarborough have been highlighted as some of the top priority issues.  

It is clear that health is important to the people of Scarborough and many would like to be healthier if possible.  Lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of help with other life stressors and lack of specialist support for people with health conditions/ disabilities appear to be some of the main barriers to people being healthier.

A large majority of people are already taking action to try to be healthier but would like more support regarding this, from cheaper and more inclusive exercise options to increased accessibility and awareness of services.

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General details

Report title 
Being healthy: Ideas and reflections from Scarborough
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch North Yorkshire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 24 February, 2022
Key themes 
Booking appointments
Health inequalities
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of patient transport
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Waiting times and lists for treatment

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Dentist (non-hospital)
GP practice
Secondary care services 
Inpatient care
Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details about conditions and diseases

What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
1-15 years
16-17 years
18-24 years
25-64 years
65-85 years
85 +
Non binary
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.