Little Thetford : Residents' Survey

7. Health and education
7.1 Access to health services
Table 7.1 shows the proportion of respondents who have difficulty accessing various health services.

A small minority of respondents have encountered problems accessing health services. The most difficulty is with accessing a doctor (13% often or occasional difficulty) and the out of hours service (14% often or occasional difficulty).

Often have difficulty accessing
Occasionally have difficulty accessing
Never have difficulty accessing
Not
applicable
No reply
Doctor
3%
10%
70%
4%
13%
Dentist
2%
4%
71%
6%
17%
Community nurse
1%
-
18%
59%
23%
Health visitor
1%
2%
15%
57%
25%
Occupational health
1%
-
13%
62%
25%
Home help / community care
1%
-
8%
65%
26%
Ambulance
1%
1%
26%
48%
24%
Maternity care
1%
1%
13%
60%
26%
Chiropody
3%
2%
13%
57%
26%
Loan of medical equipment
1%
1%
13%
59%
27%
Hospital
1%
7%
51%
23%
17%
Minor injuries unit
-
5%
55%
23%
17%
Out of hours doctor service
4%
10%
39%
27%
20%
Other
-
2%
2%
4%
91%
Older people had not encountered more problems than others with the exception of chiropody which had been often or occasionally a problem for 12% of those aged 60 or over.
7.2 Disability or health problem affecting day to day living
Almost one in ten respondents (9%) said they had a health problem or disability affecting their day to day living, rising to 14% of those aged 60-74 and 36% of those aged 75 or over.

When asked if they needed any additional help, the following comments were made:

  • help with shopping
  • shopping, gardening
  • gardening
  • gardening
  • No help required yet
7.3 Little Thetford Toddlers Group
A total of 7% of households said that they used the Little Thetford Toddlers Group. A total of 55% of those who had children in infants and 67% of those with pre-school children said they used the toddler group.

When asked how the service could be improved the main comment concerned the timing, in the early afternoon, when parents said their child usually had a nap. Two respondents suggested a purpose built or dedicated building.

Suggestions for improvement or comments are listed below:

  • aim to meet another day - not Monday
  • My child is at school now but I used it before and it was fantastic
  • I have attended and it is great toddler group. Attendance was affected by my children's afternoon nap
  • Different time - morning
  • Better timing - most toddlers nap between 13.00 and 16.00
  • We go rarely as often sleep time, it would be better in the morning I think
  • Have used in the past
  • Dedicated building just for toddlers
  • Having its own tailor made premises
  • Very infrequently, hall is old and not very clean, upgrade of existing building would suffice

Two in five households (40%) thought the service would be improved with a dedicated pre-school building, rising to 73% of those with a child in infants and 83% of those with a pre-school age child (note number of respondents is small).

Table 7.2 shows the proportion of households who might use the services listed should they be provided.

Table 7.2 Would you use these services if they were provided

Yes. All
respondents
Has Pre-school children
Has infant aged children
Has primary age children
Use Wrap around care/breakfast club
7%
45%
50%
14%
Has primary age children
9%
64%
100%
-
Use preschool session afternoon
7%
64%
50%
-
Use lunch club
7%
55%
67%
-
Use afterschool care
11%
45%
50%
45%
Use toddlers group
8%
55%
67%
-
Use holiday provision
11%
45%
50%
45%
Use parenting support
7%
18%
50%
43%
Base:
169
11
6
22
Other services respondents would like to see are listed below or comments:
  • youth club outside school hours
  • regular lunch club
  • school age children prefer not to be looked after by preschool staff, provision at school better (against dedicated building as will affect income of Village Hall)
  • will use when we have children or Wraparound and After School Care
7.4 Access to Little Thetford Primary School
Seven respondents had encountered problems with getting their children into Little Thetford Primary School and their comments are listed below:
  • Awaiting a place in Little Thetford Primary school
  • youngest had to wait for a space at Key Stage 1 at Little Thetford CP and had to go to Stretham originally
  • local school only had place for one sibling so they went to Witchford (they are at secondary school now)
  • Had to appeal to get them into the village school
  • No space at Little Thetford, they went to Ely St Johns
  • No place as KS1 in Little Thetford
  • We will let you know after April - still waiting to hear