24.9.19 here is the latest information that Healthwatch Portsmouth has received on access for patients to NHS dental appointments in Portsmouth
Portsmouth residents are being asked by NHS England for their views on dental services in the city. NHS England are preparing to draw up new long term contracts for dental services in 3 areas in Hampshire (Portsmouth, Alton and Tadley) but firstly want to take into account the views of residents in each of these areas. There is a survey available until 14th October for residents of Portsmouth to complete here https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/dental-services-in-portsmouth-alton-and-tadley/
Healthwatch England has published a report that looks at the mental health of new mothers. The report is based on feedback from new mothers who had diagnosed and undiagnosed mental health problems as well as looking at experiences shared with eight local Healthwatch organisations across the country. The report found that although each individual’s story was different there were common concerns about mental health problems being triggered, not knowing where to turn to for help and worries about how people will respond if mothers disclose their mental health problems.
Read the report – Healthwatch England – Mental health and the journey to parenthood
Update 16 September
Healthwatch Portsmouth has learned from feedback sent in from Portsmouth residents that appointments are not available yet at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy. We have also learned that the third site has said to enquirers that it is only able to provide one-off urgent care NHS dental appointments rather than NHS appointments for regular check-ups. We are trying to find out more information and will post here when we receive it.
Following the closure in July of three NHS Dentists operated by Colosseum (at the John Pounds Centre, the Healthy Living Centre in Cosham and 96 Victoria Road in Southsea) the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy will now be offering NHS dental appointments for patients.
We had previously reported that NHS England was in discussion with the Academy. There is likely to be a third site in Portsmouth offering NHS appts soon to provide further relief to the temporary problem in accessing NHS dental services but there is no specific info yet.
Guildhall Healthcare Centre Safe Space to open nightly for Freshers’ Week 13 – 21 September 10pm-3am
The ‘Safe Space’ at Guildhall Healthcare Centre in central of Portsmouth will be open 10pm to 3am every night through Freshers Week, 13-21 September 2019. This is in addition to its usual Friday and Saturday night opening.
The service offers a health and wellbeing service for anyone who needs a short break on a night out in Portsmouth. People calling into the Safe Space can get immediate medical treatment as well as advice on subjects like sexual health, alcohol and drug use. The Safe Space team can direct visitors to other services such as minor injuries units, out of hours GP services and mental health crisis teams.
Over the years Safe Space has also built relationships with other agencies such as the Street Pastors, Hampshire Constabulary as well as the pubs and clubs who depend on the service. In 2018/19 alone there were 397 recorded visitors to Safe Space with some form of injury being recorded as the most common reason for being seen. The majority of people seen were in the 20-29 age bracket. Overall the service estimates to have saved 167 ambulance call outs to the City Centre during 2018/19.
Portsmouth’s Safe Space is one of many alcohol intoxication management services (AIMS) […]