Residents grill Reading’s health chiefs

Posted 15/01/2014

Tilehurst residents put Reading’s health chiefs on the spot at a packed public meeting last Thursday (Thursday 9 January). Healthwatch Reading, which sent a representative to the meeting, is concerned about the errors and concerns levelled at the panel of chief executives, and will continue to hold talks with local providers to improve care. One […]

Ed Donald, Chief Executive of Royal Berkshire Hospital boss steps down

Posted 23/12/2013

It is with regret that Healthwatch Reading notes the departure of Ed Donald.  His dedication to working with patients to improve care for local people included a good relationship with Healthwatch Reading.  We at Healthwatch Reading are committed to ensuring this relationship continues with the Trust and a new Chief Executive, to make sure that […]

Moving from childrens mental health services to adults. Work group wanted!

Posted 28/11/2013

Over the last year Healthwatch Reading has been looking at feedback from young people who have moved from children’s mental health services (CAMHS) to adults services. We would like to form a work group of people who have either been affected by the change or those who live with or care for a young person. […]

The NHS belongs to the people – Call to Action: Have your say!

Posted 27/11/2013

NHS England is calling on patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. It has launched “The NHS belongs to the people: a call to action”. This sets out the current issues […]

Berkshire Carers Service Winter Newsletter

Posted 21/11/2013

Berkshire Carers Service’s latest newsletter is out. This issue focuses on Carers’ Rights to mark National Carers’ Rights Day. Read the newsletter here or visit the website at to download the latest issue.

Winter help on hand for vulnerable Reading residents

Posted 21/11/2013

People in Reading who face ‘heat or eat’ dilemmas this winter could receive emergency support or other assistance under the local Winter Watch scheme just launched. The scheme aims to help people on low incomes, those aged over 60, families with very young children, and residents with disabilities or health concerns. People in these groups […]

Opportunities for public contributors

Posted 07/11/2013

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) currently have three opportunities for public contributors. One is on the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) reference group who advise on public and patient involvement across the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) programmes; and the other two are on the research funding board of the Public […]

Inspectors target Royal Berkshire Hospital over nine ‘risk’ alerts

Posted 01/11/2013

Higher than expected weekend death rates and eight other areas of concern have been discovered at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust by health inspectors. The Care Quality Commission today revealed that the trust was being prioritised for an inspection visit after an ‘intelligent monitoring’ exercise had uncovered four areas of ‘elevated risk’ and five […]

Healthwatch Voices Forum hears from people with learning disabilities

Posted 01/11/2013

People with learning disabilities sent a powerful message on how they would like to be treated better by health and care services, at an event held by Healthwatch Reading this week. The highlight of the event was a presentation given by David, Carol and Jeremy, service users of Talkback, an organisation that supports adults with […]

“Iconic Pictures of Berkshire” Photographic Competition

Posted 01/11/2013

Berkshire Healthcare were recently awarded almost £1millon to enhance the environment for dementia sufferers. The money will be used to improve the environment on two wards at Prospect Park Hospital in Reading. Dementia sufferers benefit greatly from having access to photos  and memorabilia that help spark memories and encourage conversations with family and staff. We […]