Campaign to turn West Berkshire purple

Posted May 20, 2019

LOCAL groups and businesses worked to turn West Berkshire purple as part of an international awareness campaign for people suffering from fibromyalgia. Healthwatch West Berkshire (HWWB) joined forces with the Department of Pain Medicine at Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) for the event last weekend. A range of organisations displayed posters and changed their window displays and lighting […]

NHS mental health crisis helpline for people in West Berkshire ‘is not effective’

Posted May 8, 2019

The NHS mental health crisis helpline for people in Berkshire West is “not fit for purpose“, according to information published in the minutes of a meeting of the Berkshire West CCG (Clinical Commissioning Groups) governing body. When the CCG quality team visited the crisis service, run by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, it found it […]

Five ICS agree £12m deal for country’s biggest regional patient record

Posted March 26, 2019

Graphnet wins £12m contract to build digital “local health and care record” Will cover 3.8 million patients, making it bigger than any existing single shared record in England Joint agreement covers dozens of organisations and five ICS Five integrated care systems have agreed to fund what will become the biggest electronic regional record in the country so far, […]

Oxford hospital bosses close doors on new gynaecology patients for three months

Posted March 20, 2019

Women with gynaecological problems are to be sent to other counties to ease 40-week Oxfordshire waiting lists. Managers say the log-jam is a ‘one-off’ initiative caused by a shortage of specialist doctors and lack of theatre space. Campaigners in Keep the Horton General group say the Banbury inpatient gynae ward should never have been closed. […]

CQC – “Signs of improvement but concerns remain about the safety and quality of independent ambulance services”

Posted March 8, 2019

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is calling on independent ambulance services, commissioners and the wider system to do more to make sure patients are safe, following concerns identified during its inspections. While the regulator has seen evidence of good practice and improvements made by some individual services, concerns remain about how safely and effectively independent […]

What would you do? Your chance to shape how your local NHS should change

Posted March 4, 2019

Have your say about how NHS services in your area should change. There are 2 surveys below. With growing pressure on the NHS – an ageing population, more people living with long-term conditions, lifestyle choices affecting people’s health – changes are needed to make sure everybody gets the support they need. The Government is investing […]


Posted January 25, 2017

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