News 2017-08-03T12:02:09+00:00


National Poetry Day – Stub!

To celebrate National Poetry Day we would like to share with you a poem called Stub! written by our Advocate Fergus Cameron:

It’s not the first thing you say to yourself

Reviewing all aspects of improving your health

Your heart and your lungs

Your rising blood pressure

Your kidneys your liver

Your BMI measure



Eye Services: A Call for Feedback

Wessex Local Eye Health Network is carrying out an eye health needs assessment for Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

They are particularly interested in how local patients and users of eye health services have found the experience.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Eye Services Flyer Sept 2017


Healthwatch at Fratton Family Festival

Healthwatch Portsmouth were in action at the Fratton Family Festival on Sunday. We spoke with 55 people and received feedback from 50 people on health and social care services in Portsmouth.  We had three surveys available for visitors to the stall to provide feedback on; maternity services, personal health budgets, and, differing ways of accessing routine primary care services.

People who came along to enjoy the family fun day were pleased to see the Healthwatch Portsmouth stall, manned by […]

General Practice delivering improvement and innovation, despite facing “very real” pressures

The most detailed analysis yet of the quality and safety of general medical practice in England has found that nearly 90% of general practices in England have been rated as ‘good’, making this the highest performing sector CQC regulates.

With GPs facing ongoing pressures around capacity, patient demand and workload and at a time of service redesign, the best general practices are driving change and embracing innovation to make sure they are able to deliver even better care into the future.

In a national report, published […]

QA Hospital Report

We have seen the media coverage this morning on the Care Quality Commission’s report on the Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital (here)

We are pleased to report that Healthwatch Portsmouth will be involved in a health summit in early September along with other key parties involved in improving health in the local area.

The meeting will be discussing the improvement plan proposed by the new Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, Chief Executive Officer, Mark Cubbon to identify key actions and roles and confirm governance and quality monitoring steps.

Mental Health Patient Support Survey

We currently have a student from the University of Portsmouth on placement with us conducting a community research project to find out about current patient experience with social and health care services and to learn about issues faced with the service that are received.

If you or someone you know are living in Portsmouth, are currently receiving support for a long term mental health condition and olanzapine (the antipsychotic drug) was prescribed for your treatment we would be really grateful if you could take 5 minutes to complete our […]