NHS 70 year anniversary

Posted July 5, 2018

July 5th 2018 is the 70 year anniversary of the NHS. A day to celebrate the achievements accomplished and progress made since 1948. We thank all the wonderful staff involved, such as GPs, nurses, carers, volunteers, those who make innovative new medicines and technologies and many many others for their hard work, making what we […]

We’re pleased to publish the HWWB 2017 – 2018 annual report

Posted June 30, 2018

Healthwatch Berkshire’s 2017-2018 annual report is now available to download and view. 2017/18 felt like our first proper year of operation, as we had a complete trained team who knew exactly what we needed to do. However, we have found it to be a roller-coaster of a year. Hopefully our report shines a spotlight on […]

Healthwatch West Berkshire launches young adults Fibromyalgia/CFS sufferers research and highlights #missingmillions at film screening

Posted June 26, 2018

The special screening by Healthwatch West Berkshire of Unrest on Wednesday, 20th June at Newbury College was attended by Steve McManus, CEO of Royal Berkshire Hospital and Dr Deepak Ravindran, the Clinical Lead for Pain Medicine at Royal Berkshire Hospital, as well as sufferers of Fibromyalgia, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), along […]

People maintain increases in physical activity three years after receiving pedometers

Posted June 19, 2018

Middle-aged to older adults given pedometers and a walking programme as part of two NIHR trials continued to be active three years later. In one trial they were walking around 650 extra steps a day. In both trials, they spent about 30 minutes per week extra in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity compared to controls. Brisk walking […]

Adult Impatient Survey Results

Posted June 15, 2018

CQC has published the results of the 2017 adult inpatients survey. The survey involved 148 NHS acute trusts in England that sent questionnaires to a total of 183,692 patients. Responses were received from 72,778 people, which is an adjusted response rate of 41%. Trusts selected a sample of patients who received care in hospital during […]

Healthwatch chair steps down

Posted June 13, 2018

It is with great sadness we announce that Mrs Alison Foster has now stepped down as Chair of Healthwatch West Berkshire. We were especially lucky to find such a dedicated hard-working Chair, with a vast knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector.  In her time as Chair she oversaw some incredible projects resulting in […]

£200,000 cash injection will support rough sleepers


New support will be enabled by funding from a special initiative The support available to rough sleepers in West Berkshire Council will receive a boost thanks to a £200,000 grant from the Government. A number of new initiatives will be enabled by the funding including the recruitment of outreach and project workers to engage with […]

Thornford Park patient turns violent over soft drink order

Posted June 8, 2018

Detainee with long-term schizophrenia rains punches on healthcare assistant.     This incident happened while the victim was alone because most other health care assistants at the medium secure psychiatric unit at Crookham Hill, Thatcham, were “preoccupied” with serving lunch, Reading magistrates were told on Thursday May 31st. To read more about this story click […]

Pharmacy opening times during May Bank Holiday and Health advice.

Posted May 26, 2018

Advice about access to healthcare during the 28th May Bank Holiday Monday is available on this page. GP practices will be closed on the Bank Holiday across Reading, Wokingham and Newbury so patients should ensure that they have sufficient medication to cover them over the holiday period and ensure that any request for repeat prescriptions […]