New Simple Equipment Clinic launched in Hartismere to help local people stay living at home independently


Connect Suffolk, in collaboration with the Friends of Hartismere Health and Care launched a new Simple Equipment Clinic at Hartismere Health and Care (formerly Hartismere Hospital), Eye at a special event on 26th March.

The event attracted many local people who took the opportunity to try out equipment including an accessible bath on wheels, talk to health and social care specialists and visit stands by a range of local voluntary and community organisations including One Life Suffolk, CAB Diss, ActivLives, Dementia Together, Lofty Heights, Age UK Suffolk, Care UK, Disabled Go and the Rotary Club Diss.

The Suffolk Family Carers bus was also on hand to offer support and recorded over 20 visitors during the afternoon. David Grimmer, Health and Social Care Project Manager at Suffolk Family Carers said: “We would like to express our thanks for the invitation to attend this special launch event. Everyone was welcomed on board our bus, from students at Hartismere High embarking on an interest in health and social care provision to the director of Adult Social Care. Opening the clinic shows that health and social care are working closer together and making better links with the voluntary sector. We believe the Simple Equipment Clinic will be a welcome and useful service to local residents”

Alison Smith, Director of Community Services at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust officially opened the clinic and said: “It was lovely to visit Hartismere and meet with those who provide care for people in our more rural locations. The aims of this new Simple Equipment Clinic are to provide care closer to home, to reduce traveling time and to improve access to care and equipment that enables people to live independently and safely, with or without support by our community health and social care teams.”

The clinic is now open every Monday and offers a more timely and accessible solution to local people who have been assessed as needing simple equipment to help them with their everyday lives. Here, they can be seen by an Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) and helped to select, test and order the equipment they require, saving them time waiting for an OTA to visit them in their home.

Those wishing to attend the clinic can either drop in on a Monday between 10.00am – 3.00pm (there may be a wait) or call Customer First on 0808 800 4005 and someone will be in contact to arrange an appointment.

Hartismere Health and Care, Castleton Way, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7BH 

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