Whats your experience of booking appointments online?

Do you use your Doctors' surgery website to book appointments? Did everything turn out  as you expected when you turned up for your appointment? We receive lots of feedback here at Healthwatch Portsmouth about difficulties people have in booking appointments over the phone - frequently people find it hard to get in touch with phone lines constantly engaged. In an effort to relieve this problem many GP surgeries across the city have added online appointment booking which should in theory allow patients to select a convenient time to see their Doctor or nurse with a minimum of fuss. According to NHS England data almost 14 million people across [...]

By |2018-06-29T15:22:06+01:0028 June, 2018|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch England Director Imelda Redmond cuts cake to celebrate NHS 70 at our AGM!

We were joined last night at our Annual General Meeting by Healthwatch England Director Imelda Redmond. Imelda gave a speech outlining Healthwatch England's strategy for the next five years and the relationship with local Healthwatches. Imelda then joined with Healthwatch Portsmouth Chair Graham Heaney to cut  a cake to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the NHS.At the AGM we also heard from one of our volunteers, Graham Keeping, who outlined his experiences of volunteering with Healthwatch Portsmouth and the impact he felt he was having as a volunteer. Papers and presentations from the AGM will be available here shortly.

By |2018-06-28T12:24:27+01:0028 June, 2018|News, NHS70|0 Comments

New Healthwatch Portsmouth report into care and personal budgets published

We are really pleased to be able to publish our latest report about health and care services in Portsmouth – this time with a focus on personal budgets and how person-centred care services are across the city. The research, undertaken with the support of local trained volunteers, gathered views from around 230 people and their carers to understand what their experiences have been. The report provides a summary of the feedback and suggests recommendations to improve how services are provided for local people. Portsmouth City Council (PCC) and the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (PCCG) asked Healthwatch Portsmouth to undertake independent research with local people to gain feedback regarding [...]

By |2018-06-27T13:29:57+01:0027 June, 2018|News|0 Comments

Next Portsmouth Autism Community Forum meeting 6 July 2018

The next meeting of the Portsmouth Autism Community Forum will be on Friday 6 July 2018 10am-12pm at the John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen St, Portsmouth PO1 3HN. Parking permits are available for the roads near the Centre or you can park at the Healthwatch Portsmouth offices which are a short distance from John Pounds – please contact luke.evans@learninglinks.co.uk for parking arrangements.

By |2018-06-27T11:30:00+01:0027 June, 2018|PACF|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting tomorrow (27 June 2018) 6-8pm

Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 27 June 2018 6-8pm We hope you can join us for the Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 27 June 2018 6-8pm in Committee Room A at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AL. Find out about the latest developments in health and social care in Portsmouth. At the meeting, in addition, we will be joined by Imelda Redmond, National Director of Healthwatch England, who will be talking about the new Healthwatch England five year strategy. We will also have a cake to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS! See Agenda for the meeting Healthwatch England five year strategy draft minutes [...]

By |2018-06-26T12:06:53+01:0026 June, 2018|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch England launch #Itstartswithyou campaign

Healthwatch England has launched a new campaign to encourage more people to tell their local Healthwatch what they think and help make care better for them, their families and their communities. The #Itstartswithyou campaign has the core belief that the more people share their ideas, experiences and concerns about NHS and social care, the more services can understand what works, what doesn't and what people want from care in the future. As the NHS turns 70, we're encouraging more people to tell us what they think and help make care better for them, their families and their communities. Thanks to people telling their local Healthwatch what they [...]

By |2018-06-26T12:23:05+01:0025 June, 2018|News, NHS70|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth to celebrate NHS 70th birthday……with cake !

Healthwatch Portsmouth to celebrate NHS 70th birthday……with cake ! For immediate release Local charity Healthwatch Portsmouth will cut a cake to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS at its Annual General Meeting, starting at 6pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at the Civic Centre, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. As well as celebrating the 70th birthday the meeting will hear about the local health and social care situation in Portsmouth and hear about the work of Healthwatch Portsmouth over the past year. The Director of Healthwatch England, Imelda Redmond, will speak at the event to give an overview of the Healthwatch network’s role in encouraging people to have their [...]

By |2018-06-22T16:52:52+01:0025 June, 2018|News|0 Comments

Helpline set up for families affected by report of inquiry into Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Following publication of the report of the Gosport Independent Panel the local NHS organisation, NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, has released a statement. A helpline has been set up for families affected by the publication of the report - telephone 0113 2545290, or email gosportenquiries@dh.gsi.gov.uk Gosport War Memorial Hospital Inquiry - update from the local NHS 21 June 2018   You will have seen the extensive media coverage today as the Gosport Independent Panel published its report this morning into Gosport War Memorial Hospital. The full report is now online. The report highlighted: The Panel’s analysis demonstrates that the lives of over 450 people were shortened [...]

By |2018-06-21T11:14:20+01:0021 June, 2018|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting agenda published

The agenda for the Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual General Meeting has been published - the AGM will take place on Wednesday 27 June 2018 6-8pm in in Conference Room A at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AL. We are pleased to announce that Imelda Redmond, Director of Healthwatch England, will be giving an overview of Healthwatch England's work as the national body and the new five year strategy Health and care that works for you which encourages people to have their say and make the health and care services people receive better. The meeting will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the NHS with [...]

By |2018-06-22T15:34:28+01:0021 June, 2018|Event, News|0 Comments