Healthwatch Youth Volunteering

Posted February 22, 2018

Do you want to make a positive difference in West Berkshire? Are you interested in the rights and wellbeing of young people? Are you happy to share your views? Volunteering with Healthwatch West Berkshire Youth could be for you! Healthwatch West Berkshire, is your local consumer champion for health and social care services. We gather your […]

Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work


Study examined 120,000 people in more than 500 trials across three decades  Experts at Oxford University declared anti-depressants are helpful to the ill  They hope findings will encourage GPs to prescribe the drugs for more people Antidepressants are highly effective and should be prescribed to millions more people with mental health problems, researchers declared last […]

Chronic heavy drinking linked to increased risk of dementia, finds study

Posted February 21, 2018

Alcohol abuse is linked to an increased risk of dementia, with drinking disorders associated with a three-times greater risk of all types of the disease, a new study indicates. Research published in the Lancet Public Health journal shows that the majority of cases of early-onset dementia in people below the age of 65 were either alcohol-related by […]

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 […]