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New digital health drop dates announced for local residents

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Local residents are being offered training and support to get online to manage their health and wellbeing through a new series of drop in sessions across Lancashire and South Cumbria this November. This week sees digital health training coming to Barrow.

Following popular digital drop in sessions in Chorley, Nelson, Morecambe and Blackpool earlier this autumn, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is again working with the Wavemaker team to take their mobile digital classroom into more local communities to demonstrate some of the options on offer for people locally, provide demonstrations and answer questions about using computers, phones and tablets to get online.

This week’s digital health drop in training sessions will be held between 10am and 4pm in Blackburn town centre (BB1 7DY) on Tuesday 20 November, at Preston’s Blackpool Road Morrisons (PR1 6US) on Wednesday 21 November and at Barrow’s Morrisons (LA14 2HF) on Thursday 22 November.

Digital training and support on offer includes: help with getting online; basic digital skills training; advice and demonstrations on how to access GP services online; and support with using your own devices – tablets, mobile phones or computers. People will also get the chance to test out new digital technology – such as the NHS Online Orb, which is being piloted in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Dr Amanda Thornton, Digital Health Clinical Lead for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria said: “We want to empower every person to feel confident and capable of making informed decisions about their health and wellbeing and technology is already playing an important part in supporting this.

By becoming confident to go online, local people will have access to manage their own health and wellbeing more easily – whenever they want to and wherever they are. There are many different ways you can access health services and advice online – including booking doctor’s appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions, as well as through a wide range of health apps and websites designed to help you look after your health and wellbeing – whether you want to better manage an existing condition, get fit or try out something new such as mindfulness.”

Benedict McManus, Wavemaker Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director added: “Wavemaker believes in tech for good, for all. Technology can not only improve the way we live but can also be engaging and fun. We are very proud to be working with Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria in bringing our digital health workshops to Lancashire and South Cumbria.”

The digital training sessions are being offered as part of Our Digital Future, the digital strategy for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, which was launched in June this year. For more information, please visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk/digitalfuture

To find out about the work of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, visit: www.healthierlsc.co.uk.

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