An event to discuss how Driffield’s Alfred Bean Hospital can be used to help boost the health and wellbeing of people in and around the town was a great success, according to Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
More than 90 people attended a lively discussion group, held at Driffield Rugby Club, earlier this week to give their views about services and facilities they would like to see at the hospital going forward.
“We always knew the people of Driffield were passionate about Alfred Bean hospital,” said Humber NHS Foundation Trust Chairman Jane Fenwick. “However we were amazed by the response and delighted so many people could join us.
“Our Trust is committed to a future for Alfred Bean but there are parts of the building that are currently not being used to their full potential. We feel the building could become a real focus of health and wellbeing for Driffield and the surrounding areas but we wanted to hear what the people living in and around the town had to say about it.”
The hospital already provides a variety of services including therapies, Outpatients clinics and a Minor Injuries Unit.
The event was a “World Café” style discussion where people were encouraged to share their thoughts by writing them down on paper tablecloths over a cup of tea and a cake. This meant people who might not feel confident enough to stand up and talk about their ideas in a more formal setting were able to contribute to the discussion and the team organising the event came away with piles of paper packed with some fantastic ideas.
“The event concluded with ten people being put forward to work closely with ourselves and the commissioners to carefully go through all the ideas and suggestions, agree the priorities and create an action plan,” explained Mrs Fenwick. “We will be feeding back to everyone who took part as soon as we can. Hopefully this is the beginning of a really exciting future for Alfred Bean Hospital and the people of Driffield.”