GLOUCESTERSHIRE Healthwatch is holding its next meeting in public in Stow next week.

People can find out more about the work of the organisation and hear from representatives of SWAST (South Western Ambulance Services Trust) who can answer questions on ambulance coverage and response times in the North Cotswolds on Tuesday, July 29 from 1pm to 3pm at Stow Library.

Public comments received from the North Cotswolds include compliments about Stow surgery, the pharmacies in Stow and Mickleton and the local hospital, while concerns exist around local dementia care and ambulance response times.

Healthwatch, the independent consumer champion for health and social care was set up a year ago as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

It gives adults and children a powerful voice in helping to challenge and influence the way health and social care services are planned and delivered locally.

For details, or to find out how you can get more involved, call the Healthwatch team on 01452 504989, email or visit