Visitors’ and migrants’ access to NHS: independent adviser appointed

Posted 22/10/2013

Sir Keith Pearson appointed to advise Department of Health on recovery of NHS costs from overseas visitors and migrants.     Sir Keith, who is Chair of Health Education England, will work with senior NHS leaders to achieve a more effective NHS in terms of: raising awareness of eligibility rules identifying patients who are not […]

Cameras could be installed in care homes

Posted 18/10/2013

Hidden cameras could be placed in Reading care homes to check residents are not being mistreated, under national proposals published this week. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it wants to “discuss the risks and potential benefits of mystery shoppers and hidden cameras to monitor care, and whether they could contribute to promoting a culture […]

Tilehurst nursing home fails patients yet again

Posted 17/10/2013

Residents at a Tilehurst nursing home have endured a catalogue of poor and unsafe care, according to a critical report issued by inspectors this week. Two people were found unnecessarily restrained in wheelchairs when the Care Quality Commission visited River View Care Centre in August. The CQC also found staff had withheld fluids and call […]

Alcohol treatment system continues to perform well but there is more to be done

Posted 16/10/2013

The system for treating alcohol dependence among adults in England is performing well overall for those accessing services. According to the latest annual statistics released by Public Health England (PHE), more people came forward for specialist treatment in 2012 to 2013 and the number who successfully completed their treatment continued to increase. Waiting times also […]

Substance misuse support group set up in Caversham

Posted 10/10/2013

Families in Caversham affected by drug and alcohol misuse can now access local support at a new regular meeting. DrugFam is running the support group, for anybody directly or indirectly affected by substance misuse, every Wednesday night 7-9pm, from the Upper Room at Gosbrook Methodist Church on the corner of Ardler Road and Gosbrook Road, […]

Watchdog rallies patients over rights to better care

Posted 09/10/2013

The public has been urged to fight for better health and social care under a new set of ‘consumer rights’ proposed by Healthwatch Reading’s parent body. Healthwatch England drew up the rights after it found one in three people had been abused, neglected or maltreated by health or social care services – or knew someone […]

More than 5,000 patients carry out hospital inspections

Posted 16/09/2013

Patient-led hospital inspections to improve food, cleanliness and dignity sees every eligible trust taking part in the voluntary programme. Since April, teams of patient inspectors have carried out more than 4,600 ward inspections across the country covering things that matter most to patients – being treated in a clean, safe environment, tasty nutritious food, and […]

RNIB Patient Survey

Posted 13/09/2013

Royal National Institute of Blind People advocates for patient centred care; as part of that work they are currently conducting a survey to capture the experiences of people who have been diagnosed and treated for eye conditions such as glaucoma, wet age relate macular degeneration and diabetic eye conditions. We aim to use this information […]