Why do one in four women not attend screening appointments?

Why do women fail to show up for cervical or breast screening appointments?

Government figires show that one in four women over 50 dont attend cervical and breast screening appointments.  Wessex Voices is working with NHS England to find out why

If you are a woman over 50 who, for whatever reason, hasnt attended a screen appintment please complate the short questionnaire at

Wessex Voices will share the findings of the survey with NHS England Public Health (Wessex), who will use them to inform their work with local GPs and with the national NHS screening programme. Your thoughts will also be used to inform local cancer awareness campaigns taking place in 2019.

January 18th, 2019|

Government launches NHS 10 year plan

The Government has launched a new 10 year plan for the NHS promising to improve services and save up to 500,000 lives a year by working to prevent and detect diseases earlier.

The plan promises increased funding for primary care services such as GPs, mental health services and community care and a revolution in how people will access healthcare with increased use of technology.

See the NHS produced film: What will patients get out of the 10 year plan

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Further information on the 10 year plan can be found at

Imelda Redmond, National Director of Healthwatch England welcomed […]

January 8th, 2019|

Healthwatch England offer advice on helping homeless people to access healthcare

Healthwatch England has compiled information on how people who are homeless can access healthcare

Homeless people have the same rights to register with a Doctor as everyone else – even if they have no permanent address or proof of address
NHS guidelines say that GP services cannot refuse to register someone because they are homeless, do not have proof of address or identification, or because of their immigration status.

GP surgeries can only refuse to register someone if they are already full or if the person is living outside the practice area – and they must explain this in writing.

Healthwatch England – Helping someone who is homeless access healthcare

January 2nd, 2019|

Primary care remains people’s top health priority

Healthcare that people receive in primary care settings such as GPs surgeries has emerged as the top priority for healthwatches across England for 2019.

Based on feedback gained from healthwatch organisations across the country Healthwatch England has revealed the top national priorities for the new year:

  1. Primary care (including access to GPs)
  2. Children and young people
  3. Mental health
  4. Services working better together
  5. Adult social care, including residential care homes or care at home

These priorities reflect our priorities in Portsmouth where we receive regular feedback about difficulties in accessing primary care – from getting through on the phone to book appointments to difficulties in getting an appointment within a reasonable time.

This Spring we will be looking at GP services across the city […]

January 2nd, 2019|

Healthwatch Portsmouth Christmas 2018

Happy Christmas!

The Healthwatch Portsmouth office will be closed between Christmas and the New Year, reopening on 2 January 2019. Please leave a message on our answer machine and we will get back to you in the New Year.

December 24th, 2018|
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