West Berkshire drugs recall following deficiencies found at factory in India

Posted August 14, 2013

[social] The Government have ordered doctors and pharmacies across West Berkshire to return medicines from a “deficient” premises. The recall alert was issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after finding “manufacturing deficiencies” at the Wockhardt Ltd plant in Waluj, India.  Wockhardt’s UK headquarters is in Wrexham, North Wales. The recall is […]

A&E waiting time breaches investigated at Royal Berkshire Hospital


[social] Health watchdog Monitor is investigating the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust for repeatedly breaching the NHS’s four-hour waiting target for accident and emergency services. Monitor said that the Trust has breached the target three times in 21 months and that it was also investigating other issues including waiting times for cancer patients. The A&E […]

CQC Care Home Inspection reports in West Berkshire


[social] The CQC have issued the following inspection reports this week for the West Berkshire. For information about each report, click on the link below. Provider Link Chestnut Walk www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-111590116 The Donnington Residential and Nursing Home www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-130120697 Voyage 1 Limited, Broad Lane www.cqc.org.uk/directory/1-129454094

Lower lung cancer rates in Royal Berkshire area


[social] New statistics from a report by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation show that people living in the area of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust have less chance of developing lung cancer than others in the surrounding areas. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have launched a lung cancer smart map showing patients […]

£40K funding for West Berkshire Therapy Centre

Posted August 10, 2013

£40,000 in funding has been raised to bring a rehabilitation gym to Newbury and Thatcham. The funds include donations from local residents as well as charities and organisations including the MS Society and Greenham Common Trust and West Berkshire Neurological Alliance being its main  financial backer. The West Berkshire Therapy Centre will be a place […]

NHS to receive £500m bailout for A&E departments [Posted 08/08/13]

Posted August 8, 2013

David Cameron announced a £500m rescue package last night following warnings that A&E departments are on the brink of collapse. It is estimated that the funds will be split across some 50 hospitals across the UK over a 2 year period. The head of the NHS watchdog stated that the system was “out of control” […]

First Results for Friends and Family Test Data [Posted 08/08/13]


The first results of the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) have been launched.  The FFT is a single question survey asking patients whether they would recommend Accident and Emergency (A&E) and inpatient wards to their friends and family based on their own experience. The results have shown new insight into patient experiences and their […]