Press Coverage

Posted July 1, 2017

In this section you’ll find a compilation of press coverage that we’ve received. Click any image to enlarge it.

  • 21st October 2021 – Community Testing coverage via newbury today

  • 16th October 2021 – Community Testing via 

  • 13th October 2021 – Community Testing Coverage via newbury today

  • 10th October 2021 – How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted people’s mental health? via newbury today

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  • 23rd September 2021 – Huntercombe Hospital Rated “Requires Improvement” via 

  • 1st September 2021 – Our Chief Officer talks local Community Testing via 

  • 27th August 2021 – Teens ‘Grabbed a Jab’ at Kennet School at the weekend via newbury today
Kennet School vaccinations for 16 to 17 year-olds. Picture from Heath Watch West Berkshire

  • 26th May 2021 – Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp again talking about Dental via

  • 13th May 2021 – Our Chief Officer talks about dental services via

  • 9th February 2021 – Our Chief Officer talks about local dental service issues via

  • 14th January 2021 – Keeping a close watch on the districts Health via newbury today

  • 15th October 2020 – Your Views about our Maternity Report  highlighted via newbury today

  • 1st October 2020 –  HWWB Maternity Report via newbury today

  • 16th September 2020 – Dr Sarah Jarvis and our Chief Officer on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about Coronavirus testing via

  • 7th September 2020 – Our Chief Officer On Dentistry Issues via

A clip from BBC South Today, recorded on Monday 7th September 2020, highlighting problems dentistry services are facing, including longer waiting times. Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp makes an appearance and shares his thoughts in this clip.

  • 4th September 2020 – Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp speaking on BBC Radio Berkshire sharing his thoughts about building a new hospital via

Information about the consultation discussed in this video ‘Building Berkshire Together’ , which seeks views from the public about their views on a new hospital, can be read here:

  • 18th August 2020 – Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about Public Health England being replaced by a new body focused on preparing for external threats via

  • 7th August 2020 – Our Chief Officer on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about Covid19 and dentistry via

  • 23rd July 2020 – HWWB Virtual Board Meeting via newbury today

  • 16th July 2020 – HWWB Annual report via newbury today

  • 1st July 2020 – Patrick O’Hagan talking about Healthwatch West Berkshire via

Patrick O’Hagan (BBC Radio Berkshire political reporter) was speaking about the role of Healthwatch West Berkshire in regards to gathering feedback from patients.

Examples of the sort of feedback that we are looking for, what we do with the feedback, as well as it’s importance, were all also highlighted, alongside a few clips of our Chief Officer speaking.

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  • 18th& 25th June 2020 – Covid19 survey advert via newbury today

  • 11th June 2020 – BAME Covid-19 impact reprt must not get lost via newbury today

  • 4th June 2020 – Healthwatch: Tough Questions to be asked on response to virus via newbury today

  • 14th February 2020 – Andrew Sharp talking about Healthwatch, Enter and View, CCG Merger and other topics via 

  • 6th February 2020 – Extra Funding to reduce rough sleeping via newbury today

  • 6th February 2020 – Meeting given just 2 minutes to discuss major shake up via newbury today

  • 30th January 2020 – Concern over CCG Merger via newbury today

  • 26th January 2020 – Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp talking about CCG Merger via

  • 26th January 2020 – Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp talking about CCG Merger via   (Full video clip located HERE)

  • 10th January 2020 – Questions to be raised about NHS reorganisation  

  • 24th October 2019 – Wellbeing information Pop Up stall event poster via newbury today

  • 17th October 2019 – Great work on Rough Sleeping vianewbury today

  • 10th October 2019 – Healthwatch Hailed as Best in UK via newbury today

  • 8th October 2019 – Healthwatch West Berkshire Win A National Award via 

  • 19th September 2019 – Report highlights effect of austerity on disabled newbury today

  • 6th September 2019 – Healthwatch is up for National Award via

  • 29th August 2019 – Healthwatch West Berkshire nominated for Healthwatch England national award. newbury today

We are proud to have been nominated for a Healthwatch England “Improving Health and Social Care” national award, thanks to our work tackling Rough Sleeping in West Berkshire. Coverage can be found in the August 29th 2019 edition of the Newbury Weekly News, you can view the scan below. Alternatively you can learn more by clicking HERE

Healthwatch England West Berkshire award homeless rough sleeping

  • 23rd August 2019 – Call to end Rough Sleeping in West Berkshire by 2020 via newbury today
End rough sleeping west berkshire 2020

  • 15th August 2019 – Call for a final push to end Rough Sleeping by 2020 via newbury today
Push end rough sleeping 2020

  • Staying Well for you and your family video

  • 11th July 2019 – Fibromyalgia network event brings sufferers and experts together via newbury today

  • 11th July 2019 – Communities Talking Together via newbury today

  • 2nd July 2019 – Chief Officer

  • 30th July 2019 –  Specialist advice for young people with chronic illnesses via  newbury today
Newbury Today Fibromyalgia Independence Day event

  • 13th June 2019 – Health and Wellbeing event for ethnic communities via newbury today

  • 17th May 2019 – ITV News Meridian Fibromyalgia coverage

17th May 2019 – Healthwatch Campaign to turn West Berkshire Purple via newbury today

  • 16th May 2019 – Fibromyalgia purple weekend via newbury today

  • 18th April 2019 – It’s time to take action on screening via newbury today

  • 18th April 2019 – Share your views and help make West Berkshires NHS better newbury today

  • 18th April 2019 – Healthwatch West Berkshire call for change after NHS-run service ruled ineffective via newbury today

  • 28th February 2019 – How you can help improve healthcare via newbury today

  • 13th February 2019 – Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp talks about our Homeless Card on

  • 7th February 2019 “Fall in the number of people sleeping Rough” and “Card will help provide Health Care” via newbury today
 Card will help provide care westberkshire homeless card

  • 18th January 2019 “New Night Shelter to open for homeless” via

  • 10th January 2019 “Winter Night Shelter to open in West Street” via newbury today
Winter Night Shelter West Street

  • 10th January 2019 “Mayor Margo visits Muslim Centre”, “Women from Newbury College, West Berkshire Healthwatch and volunteer-led group Open for Hope also joined in” via newbury today

  • 29th November “New forum gives disability a voice” via newbury today

  • 22nd November – “Food Day Celebrates Diversity” via newbury today

  • 21st November 2018 – “West Berkshire World Food Day 2018” via 

  • 1st November 2018 – “Fibromyalgia event reaches out to young people” via newbury today

  • October 2018 – “Event will discuss disability issues to help shape the future” via newbury today

  • October 2018 – “Search for six beds for rough sleepers” via newbury today

  • October 2018 – ” Healthwatch WB wins new three-year contract” via newbury today

  • 16th August – “Government Funding for Homeless is ‘not enough'” via newbury today

  • 13th August – “Listen to our Chief Officer discuss the Government new Homeless Strategy” via

  • 5th July – “Movie raises awareness of fibromyalgia” via newbury today

  • 14th June Unrest – an “Insight into chronic fatigue syndrome” via  newbury today

  • 14th June “200k grant for homeless support” via newbury today

  • 7th June Mental Health Champ resigns following Harassment campaign via newbury today

  • 4th June Ending Homelessness and Rough Sleeping by 2020 via

  • 1st June “ITV Homeless and Rough Sleeping Coverage”

  • 29th May “Call to end rough sleeping in West Berkshire by 2020” via newbury todaywebsite

  • 24th May “Call to end rough sleeping by 2020” from newbury today

  • 18th May Healthwatch West Berkshire discuss stress via

  • 10th May Learning how to tackle life’s stresses from newbury today

  • 29th March Thinking Together for Mental Health from newbury today

  • 9th March homeless and rough sleepers coverage via 

  • 9th March homeless and rough sleepers interview via 

  • 2nd March Homeless and Rough Sleepers coverage via ITV

  • 2nd March “Homeless left out in the cold” via

  • 1st March “Full plight of town’s homeless is revealed” via newbury today

  • 22nd February “Where will homeless go during next big freeze?” via newbury today
Homeless Cold Weather Scan

  • 1st February “Report gives an insight into hospital welfare” Prospect Park via newbury today
Hospital welfare

  • 10th January “Racecourse move to evict homeless” via

  • 21st December “Staggering number of homeless people are lonely” and  “Sybelle spreads the word about antibiotics” via newbury today

  • “Catherine Knight (WBH) and Andrew Sharp (Healthwatch) interviewed about West Berkshire Homeless” via

  • November 16th “Thinking Together” via newbury today
Mental Health Thinking Together

  • November 16th “CCG Merger” via newbury today
CCG merger shake up improve services

  • October 19th “It’s good to talk about Mental Health” via 

  • August 17th “West Berks residents more likely to be frequent drinkers” via 

” August 15th Homeless are being denied vital health care” via 

  • August 10th “Homeless are being denied vital health care” via

  • August 3rd “Homeless are being denied vital health care” via 

  • August 2nd “Homeless struggling to access health care” via 

  • July 31st “Homeless struggling to access healthcare” via 

  • 31st July “Homeless struggling to access healthcare” via 

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  • 20th July ‘Homeless Struggling to access healthcare’ via 

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  • 29th June Thinking Together via

  • 29th June Thinking Together via

  • 23rd June Thinking Together via

“Healthwatch West Berkshire Initiative Thinking Together 2017 Provides Vital Voice for Mental Health

As part of an ongoing commitment to focussing on the mental health needs of West Berkshire, and supporting the Brighter Berkshire 2017 Year of Mental Health Campaign, Healthwatch West Berkshire recently held its second ‘Thinking Together’ Event, 18th May 2017 at Thatcham Catholic Hall. An inclusive event designed to bring together everyone involved in mental health in West Berkshire, from users and carers to professionals and commissioners, in order to ensure everyone in the area has their voice heard.”

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  • June 14th “Watchdog calls for action over delays in delivery of medicine” via

  • 27th April Final Transition via 
Newbury Observer – 27th April
Newbury Observer – 27th April

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  • 27th April Final Transition via
Newbury Weekly News – 27th April

  • 24th April The Final Transition via

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  • 21st April The Final Transition via

“There are concerns for older carers looking after their children with learning difficulties

Following a period of stakeholder consultation, Healthwatch West Berks (HWWB) is launching its report entitled ‘The Final Transition – When Parents and Carers Can No Longer Care’

The report highlights the fact that West Berkshire Council, in common with other councils nationwide, are sitting on a ticking time bomb of housing and care. It has failed to provide adequate provision and housing for those vulnerable individuals with LD, living in the community with increasingly elderly parents and carers.”

“We spoke to Andrew Sharp from Healthwatch Berkshire:”

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