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 […]

Blood test could use DNA to spot eight of the most common cancers

Posted January 19, 2018

“Scientists have made a major advance towards developing a blood test for cancer that could identify tumours long before a person becomes aware of symptoms.” “The new test, which is sensitive to both mutated DNA that floats freely in the blood and cancer-related proteins, gave a positive result approximately 70% of the time across eight […]

Racecourse move to evict homeless

Posted January 18, 2018

On the 10th of January 2018 Newbury & Thatcham Advertiser covered a story about Newbury racecourse issuing eviction letters to homeless people camped within it’s grounds. Healthwatch West Berkshire also made an appearance in this coverage. You can read this story by clicking the image below. Healthwatch Berkshire will be releasing it’s report on rough […]

Brighter Berkshire song writing competition winner

Posted January 16, 2018

Brighter Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation and Reading Rock Academy, called for young people in Berkshire aged 11 to 18 to write a song focusing on mental wellbeing and be in with a chance of winning prizes and performing at Grand Final in Reading Town Hall on 10th October 2017, World Mental Health day. […]

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub Newsletter

Posted January 15, 2018

Did you know that the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub reguarly create newsletters? Issue 18 is their Jan 2018 newsletter which covers- Mental Health First Youth training dates in March 2018 New resources on live streaming from CEOP Liveskills Risking It All Drama for secondary schools and a performance for parent and carers on […]

Pharmacy Thames Valley Newsletter


Did you know that Pharmacy Thames Valley release newsletters? They have recently recently their January newsletter. Inside the January newsletter contains: If you’re interested in any of these, or are interested in the newsletter in general. You can read it by clicking HERE. Alternatively, you may want to visit Or follow pharmacythamesvalley on Twitter […]

CQC Royal Berkshire Hospital Inspection – “Outstanding”

Posted January 12, 2018

The CQC inspected Royal Berkshire Hospital from the 2nd October to the 7th December, on 11th January they published a report with their findings.    Royal Berkshire Hospital was given the overall rating of “Outstanding” For individual categories it was awarded “Good” when it came to being “safe”, “effective” and “well-led”.  It was awarded “outstanding” […]