Call for women to get life-saving smear test after uptake drops – PHE

Posted November 27, 2017

PHE is urging women to have cervical screening after latest figures show a drop in attendance. Public Health England (PHE) has issued a fresh appeal to young women to take up the invitation of a cervical cancer test as new figures published today show a fall in the number of 25 to 29-year-old women being tested. […]

Video footage of “Mental Health starts in the womb conference”

Posted November 20, 2017

On November 12th 2017 Brighter Berkshire uploaded a video on their Youtube channel, showing us part of a “Mental Health starts in the womb conference” that they attended. It’s often interesting when somebody records a section of a conference or event of somekind. We look forward to seeing more videos like this in the future […]

Have Your Say – Help Shape the Future of Oral and Dental Health Research

Posted November 8, 2017

“Oral and Dental research in the UK is world-leading. Nevertheless, it does not receive the funds it deserves, resulting in a small National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) portfolio of research, and a possible shortage of evidence to inform decision making. One solution to this would be to identify the research priorities in relation to […]

Newbury College Student placements

Posted November 3, 2017

Healthwatch WestBerkshire would like to welcome 2 Newbury college students Sulasha Gurung and Heather Breadmore to the team, they will be joining us for a 6 week work placement. We hope they enjoy their stay with us and look forward to see what they achieve.    

“NHS needs to do more to understand why people are returning to hospital after being discharged” – Healthwatch England

Posted October 26, 2017

On the 26th October Healthwatch England published a new analysis of NHS emergency readmissions data. “What are emergency readmissions? An emergency readmission is defined by the NHS as anyone who has to return to hospital for unplanned further treatment within 30 days of leaving. This covers unforeseen readmissions, such as people receiving chemotherapy having to […]

Hospital waits worsen – Check NHS cancer, A&E and operations targets in your area

Posted October 18, 2017

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements. For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. The performance of hospitals […]

HWWB during World Mental Health Day


This October Healthwatch West Berkshire were in Newbury on Tuesday the 10th from 1:00 – 3:00 and on Thursday 12th from 9:00 – 3:00, we were raising awareness within the local community and informing people on good mental health . On Tuesday we were at the parkway shopping centre and on Thursday we were at […]

Brighter Berkshire and Newbury SOBS Walk and Talk


Due to the success of the previous Walk and Talk groups in Reading and Newbury –  a third Walk and Talk event will be held on the 21st October. The aim to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire and we want as many people as […]