Home of Compassion

On Friday, I visited Home of Compassion care home in Thames Ditton. I chatted to residents over a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and listened to some of their stories and experiences. I talked about my job as an MP and my new responsibilities as Justice Minister in charge of courts and […]

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Visit to Connections in Claygate

Today, I visited the Connections group at Holy Trinity Church in Claygate. Connections is a group for local elderly residents to meet fortnightly over coffee and cakes in a welcoming and friendly environment. Pippa Cramer, who is the chief coordinator of the group, and her fantastic team of volunteers put on a varied range of activities […]

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Community Hospitals Review

Today, I met with James Blythe, Director of Commissioning and Strategy at Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Dr Jill Evans, the Clinical Lead, to discuss the CCG’s recent report following their review of community hospitals in Elmbridge. Local leaders contributed to the review, including local councillors, GPs and Dr Ian Coxon, the Chair […]

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Carer Support Elmbridge

Last Friday, I visited Carer Support Elmbridge, a local charity based in Walton that supports unpaid carers who look after their loved ones. I met development worker Jenny Pearman, support and advocacy worker Yvonne Clarke, and the Chair of Trustees, Christine Hayden (pictured with me above). Carer Support Elmbridge undertake incredibly important work to support […]

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Home of Compassion

Last week, I was invited to open the new Home of Compassion care home, in the centre of Thames Ditton village. Along with general manager Avril Jones, I took part in a ceremonial tree planting, before taking a tour of the site and its new facilities. I also had the chance to speak with staff […]

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Healthwatch Surrey

Today, I met up with Kate Scribbens (new Chief Executive of Healthwatch Surrey), and Matthew Parris (Evidence and Insights Manager). Healthwatch Surrey was set up to give patients a voice in local policy-making. At our meeting, we discussed a recent Healthwatch Surrey survey on patients views around the sharing of records – and the balance of […]

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Whiteley Village

On Friday, I visited Whiteley Village to catch up with Chair, Peter Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Chandra McGowan, and above all local residents. I was briefed on Whiteley’s plans for the future, and some of their innovative ideas for making sure the retirement village continues, for the long-term, to deliver flexible and high quality housing and […]

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