Health boost for 7,000 border dwellers

A cross border health and social care partnership says almost 7,000 people have benefitted from cross border health and social care services under their current work programme.

A cross border health and social care partnership says almost 7,000 people have benefitted from cross border health and social care services under their current work programme.

CAWT - Co-operation and Working Together, launching their annual report, say patients and clients from the counties of Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo in the HSE West region have availed of these services.

The CAWT annual report provides a summary of progress and achievements for all cross border health and social care services and activities underway. Services up and running in the HSE West border counties include additional eating disorder services; supports to children and young people to manage their diabetes and to women with diabetes planning pregnancy; new and additional sexual health clinics; acute hospital services in the areas of ENT, urology and vascular; alcohol abuse prevention work; enhancements to disabilities services; provision of social inclusion programmes aimed at Travellers and vulnerable groups; obesity prevention and management programmes; autism support; interagency outcomes planning for children and older peoples’ services.

Launching the CAWT annual report, Tom Daly, Corporate Manager with the HSE and the Director General of CAWT said, “CAWT’s programme of work is reaching people right along the border corridor. We are focused on enabling patients and clients to have better access to quality health and social care services in the border region. In doing so CAWT is working in partnership with the community sector. He added, “The investment from the EU INTERREG IVA programme is enabling the health services to put in place new ways of working through a cross border approach which is directly benefitting patients and clients living in border areas. More generally by working together and sharing resources across the border we can provide better access to services for patients and clients living in our more rural border areas.”

The CAWT partner organisations are the HSE West and Dublin North East in the Republic of Ireland and the Western and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts, the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

CAWT will continue to implement its EU INTERREG IVA funded programme on behalf of the DHSSPS in Northern Ireland and the Department of Health and Children in the Republic of Ireland. Subject to evaluation, CAWT will continue to focus on negotiating to ensure that services and projects, where feasible, are incorporated into mainstream health and social care activities after the EU funding phase concludes.