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Open Morning Event at Edward Myers Unit
Staff and the Service Users Group- New Beginnings, from The Edward Myers Unit at Harplands Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent, would like to invite the public to its open morning on Thursday 24 October between 9.15 AM – 12.15 pm.
The event is an opportunity to find out more about the work staff do at the Edward Myers Unit – an NHS centre where adults are treated for addiction issues.
The highlight of the event is an update from the Edward Myers Service User group New Beginnings. The group formed in April 2013 and visitors will be able hear how New Beginnings support patients by listening to their views, issues and concerns and how they provide an independent voice; to improve the patient experience and assist with communications between medical staff and people who use services at the unit. The open morning event follows a successful launch in April this year, it is anticipated that the group will be organising more events in the future to inform patients, stakeholders and medical staff on their progress.
The event will be opened by Ken Jarrold CBE, Chairman of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.  Members of the public will be able to listen to presentations, which include three patient stories from former patients and presentations from medical staff.
Derrett Watts, Consultant and Clinical Lead for Substance Misuse Services saysSince our last open day we have been delighted at the continued development of the New Beginnings group and their work with staff. The experience the group brings from having been involved with treatment at the Edward Myers Unit and in other services, gives a real understanding of patients’ needs and concerns, which greatly helps as we work together to see improvements in the service offered." 
Ken Jarrold, Chair of NSCHT said: “I am looking forward to hearing from service users and staff at the Edward Myers Unit and hearing how we work with patients to improve our service. We also hope that visitors will learn about the valuable work staff and groups like New Beginnings do to support improvements in the patient experience.”
Stephen, the Chairperson of New Beginnings said: “Working with the staff at the Edward Myers Unit is about building mutual trust between the patient and medical teams.  By fostering communication between the user of the service and the service itself, we will cultivate a successful partnership to our mutual benefit. We are looking forward to giving our presentations and talking to visitors about our role in providing support to patients on the wards”.
Visitors to the event will able to view a number of information stands by a variety of local support services that provide help to people with alcohol and substance misuse issues.
The event takes place at Edward Myers Unit, Harplands, Hospital, Hilton Road, Harpfields, ST4 6TH, on Thursday 24th October 2013, 9.15-12.15pm light refreshments will be served on the morning.
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