Thinking Together and Board Meeting Registration

Posted February 16, 2018

People can now register for both our upcoming Thinking Together and Board Meeting events. Firstly our Thinking Together event is titled “Thinking Together Co-Produced Crisis An event for users of West Berkshire Mental Health services to provide feedback since the last Thinking Together during Nov 2017. The event is open to Service users, families and […]

Figures show January 2018 was one of the worst months on record for A&E departments

Posted February 8, 2018

Waiting times in major Accident and Emergency departments across the country were the worst on record last month, new figures show. The figures show just 77.1 per cent of patients were treated within four hours, the worst since statistics on this have been published. The statistics for all casualty units – including minor injury units […]

Cold Weather Alerts

Posted February 5, 2018

For the past few weeks there have been consistent cold weather alerts issued from the Met Office all across England. These cold weather alerts in West Berkshire have generally been level 1 alerts, with higher and more severe alerts appearing more frequently across northern England. Now that February is here however, the severity of these […]

Prostate cancer deaths overtake those from breast cancer

Posted February 2, 2018

*Source – BBC news* The number of men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK, figures show. An ageing population means more men are developing and dying from the disease. Prostate Cancer UK says advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer are […]

National survey shows improvements in women’s experiences of maternity care

Posted January 31, 2018

Most women are having a positive experience of maternity care and treatment within the NHS, according to a survey of more than 18,000 people in England. Published yesterday (Tuesday 30 January) by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the survey results reveal the responses from women who had given birth in February 2017 in services run […]

February Swings & Smiles Activities

Posted January 29, 2018

Swings & Smiles are a West Berkshire based charity providing recreational facilities and services for families with special needs. Based in Lower Way, Thatcham. They regularly hold events and will be holding a variety of events and activities this February. Some of these include: Cooking Club Family Bingo Lego club and craft If these are […]

Healthwatch West Berkshire Launches Prospect Park Hospital Enter and View Report

Posted January 26, 2018

In October 2017, Healthwatch West Berkshire was part of a collaborative visit and assessment of Prospect Park Hospital, Reading ( Managed and run by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust).     Prospect Park Hospital is a key acute Mental Health site for residents in West Berkshire, as well as the five-other local Berkshire Healthwatch areas.  An […]

One cigarette a day ‘increases heart disease and stroke risk’

Posted January 25, 2018

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of Heart Disease and Stroke, a large BMJ study suggests. (Source – Do you think enough advice and help is available for people who want to quit smoking? What more can be done? Let us know your thoughts […]

Brighter Berkshire event on 18th January

Posted January 23, 2018

On the 18th of January 2018 Brighter Berkshire ran an end of year and what next event in Newbury at the Council Offices in Market Street. Firstly, we at Healthwatch West Berkshire would like to thank everyone who attended. Topics discussed for this event included Highlights from the year Views from those involved and affected […]

(NIHR) are recruiting


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is currently looking for patients and members of the public to join a number of national and regional advisory panels across England. The deadline for applications is Monday 5 March 2018. For more information click: here A PDF copy of this advert is also […]