Romani and Traveller Stories of Health & Wellness

Our project has highlighted a number of very important themes and raised differing issues.

1. Good practice exists
Examples of positive experiences in accessing health services from north and west Wales tell us that, there is good practice for Romani and Traveller people.

2. GP’s are trusted
Local doctors are generally trusted and appreciated by Romani and Traveller families. A number of our interviewees preferred to visit their GP, even in emergency situations.

3. Receptionists
Many Romani and Traveller people have told us that receptionists in GP surgeries behave negatively towards them. Registering was a difficult process for all our interviewees, sometimes as they were rejected by receptionists.

4. Hospitals
Visiting hospitals is one area of potential conflict and misunderstanding, when large family groups come to see sick relatives. Health staff find it difficult to accommodate these visits.

5. Dentists
Dentists and dentistry are viewed warily, in comparison to doctors and hospitals. Many avoid visits altogether.

Published : 11th November 2016*

Publisher : GRT Communities and networks in Wales  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : GRT Communities and networks in Wales

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