Thursday’s meeting of Portsmouth City Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel is set to make significant changes by relocating services offered at Jubilee House in Medina Road, Cosham.
Healthwatch Portsmouth will be attending the meeting and would like to hear your views on the plans to change services – to contact us please email firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook page or Twitter, alternatively phone Siobhain McCurrach on 07970166609.
Rosie Penlington of the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group is working on a project to improve the Mental Health Crisis Service
She would like to speak to and get feedback from as many carers who have been in contact with the service as possible. Rosie will be putting on a focus group and distributing a questionnaire but she would also like to come along to some carers groups to hear about people’s experiences. If you would be happy for Rosie to attend your group please contact her using the e-mail email@example.com or call 023 9268 8503.
Healthwatch Portsmouth has published its annual report for the year 2018-2019.
Last year we heard from 530 people who visited our stalls and told us about their experience of a number of different areas of health and social care. Local people told us that they wanted local health services to communicate better between services to prevent unnecessary appointments being made for treatment.
- 530 people shared their health and social care story with us, 45% more than last year
- 18 volunteers helped us to to carry out our work. In total they gave 559 hours of their time
- 4,443 people accessed Healthwatch Portsmouth advice and information online or contacted us with questions about local support.
- We visited 13 health and care services and 30 community events to understand people’s experience of care. From these visits, we made eight recommendations for improvement
- Six improvements that we suggested were adopted by services to make health and care better in our community
- Our social media reach was huge over the last activity year, a total of 1,329,859 interactions. This is a 97% increase on the previous year
Portsmouth City Council is working with Queen Alexandra Hospital on a new initiative to offer health information and advice at local libraries across the city.
The Information for Health Enquiry Service team will recommend books and reputable websites that can help people manage and understand their health conditions. They can also let people know about the latest research on their condition through the partnership with librarians working at the hospital. The service also works closely with the Community Connectors who can support people to integrate into their local community and find groups and activities that could help improve their wellbeing.
The service offers one to one appointments in any Portsmouth Library, or come along to the regular drop-ins through the week:
Monday: North End Library, 9.30am – 12.00pm
Tuesdays: Central Library, 10.30am – 1.00pm
Wednesdays: Paulsgrove Library, 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Thursdays: Southsea Library, 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Fridays: Alderman Lacey, 9.30am – 12.30pm
The service operates in the wellbeing zone of each of the libraries. The zones contain books, DVDs and leaflets on topics such as health, mental wellbeing, childcare, lifestyle change, healthy eating and exercise.
To make a one to one appointment, or for further information contact Pat Garrett – 023 9268 8259 or Jacqueline Garrard – 023 9268 8049, […]
You are invited to the next Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting, to be held on Thursday 27 June 2019, 6-8pm at the Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea PO4 9HR (buses 1,27 to Highland Road, limited parking is available at the centre and on the surrounding roads)
This meeting will be our AGM
To help us get an idea of numbers please sign up at Eventbrite: https://hwpboardjune2019.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve your place.
Following news reports that patients of the Dentists at the John Pounds Centre have been told that the dental surgery is to close we contacted NHS England to raise the concerns and find out the reason for the surgery closure.
NHS England released a statement
NHS England recently received termination notices from three Colosseum practices in Portsmouth which means the practices will be closed as of 1st August 2019. The practices in question are:
- Portsea Dental Care Ltd – John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth, PO1 3HN
- Paulsgrove Dental Care Ltd – Healthy Living Centre, Cosham, PO6 4HG
- Southsea Dental Care Ltd – 96 Victoria Road, Southsea, PO5 1QE
NHS England are establishing a working group made up of health bodies and patient engagement organisations to look at the impact of these closures and to identify the needs of the population going forward. It is then the intention of NHS England to advertise opportunities for permanent dental provision across the Portsmouth area in the future. NHS England states that it is not looking to remove or reduce provision of dental services in this area.
In the meantime, due to the long timescales involved in a procurement exercise, we are looking at existing providers to see whether […]