Welcome to the Healthwatch West Berkshire Newsletter, your local Consumer Champion for health and social care services. We are gathering your views and taking it to those who deliver and commission services. We are committed members of the community who have the authority to make your views heard and campaign for change. Visit our website and see our activities.

December 2018 Newsletter
 
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Board Meeting

Our Board Meeting is to be held in public at Broadway house in Newbury on December 3rd 1:00pm - 3:30pm. Two Saints will be giving a short presentation at the start. Come along, register here and make your voice known. You can ask us and Two Saints your questions and find out what we've been up to.
Budget Proposals Consultation
 
West Berkshire Council have recently started consulting on their Budget Proposals. They're proposing cuts to a variety of services. Find out what services are being cut and let West Berks Council know your thoughts on these cuts and how they may impact you by clicking HERE.
Anonymous Maternity Survey

Have you used maternity services recently? We want to hear from you. Share your experiences with us to help shape service improvements. Read more details about this by clicking HERE
New supply of Flu Jabs
 
Have you had a flu jab yet for this coming this winter? People are being urged to have a flu jab as the NHS have recently said that a vaccine shortage is over. With new stock available now is the ideal time to get your jab from your GP practice or pharmacy before winter kicks in. The Vaccineis free to those over 65, pregnatnt women and those with long-term medical problems.    
Voice of Disability
 
Our Voice of Disability event was held as planned on November 15th at the Thacham Catholic Hall. The event was well attended and successful. We managed to gather lots of interesting thoughts and feedback about services for people with disabilities among other pieces of information. Learn more in our post about it here. We look forward to seeing where this goes in the future. 
Access to sevices during holidays

Pharmacy & GP surgery access could be limited during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays. If you do have trouble accessing your pharmacy or GP services during this time & need help, contact NHS 111. Discussions are currently underway in relation to the Berkshire West Winter Plan, to see what could be done to alleviate any difficulties people may have accessing services.
West Berkshire World Food Day

We thank everyone that attended West Berkshire World Food Day on Sunday November 18th a video was taken at the event which you can watch here. A follow up network meeting event will be at Shaw House on Dec 12th 6:30pm, come along for some community integration.
Christmas and New Year

Health Watch West Berkshire wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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