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 […]

Patient Carer Survey

Posted 13/09/2013

Clinical Commissioning Groups in Berkshire are supporting a study of Patient and Carer involvement in GP Surgeries and NHS CCG’s. With approval from the NHS Ethics committee, the University ethics committee and the support of the Berkshire West Long Term Conditions Programme Board, Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are working with the University of Portsmouth who […]

Urgent Care Service Renaming to CRHTT

Posted 12/09/2013

Berkshire Health Care Foundation trust have announced that from 1st October The Urgent care team will be renamed The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. This is in line with other similar services nationally. The CRHTT provide an alternative to hospital admissions for those with mental health issues. There will be no changes to the […]

GPs likely to become named clinician for vulnerable older people

Posted 12/09/2013

There are two weeks left to comment on government’s new proposals to improve care for vulnerable older people.     Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has revealed that on-going engagement on the government’s proposals to improve care for vulnerable older people shows GPs are the current favourite to fulfil the role of the named clinician responsible […]

Healthwatch Reading acts to support families hit by suicide

Posted 10/09/2013

Families in Reading left reeling by suicides of loved ones will receive better support in the future, thanks to action by Healthwatch Reading. The town’s independent health watchdog today (September 10) launches a new guide, Support after Suicide, after it found that families of people who had killed themselves after being recently discharged from Prospect […]