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 […]

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 […]


Posted January 23, 2018

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Brighter Berkshire event on 18th January


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. […]