Eight healthy reasons why you should go cycling this summer

Posted August 6, 2018

From cardiovascular function to mental wellbeing, here are some of the proven health benefits a regular ride on two wheels can bring Cycling is fun – and it’s a great family activity. But by making cycling part of your – and your children’s – routines you will be doing some great things for your bodies […]

Gastroschisis Awareness Day July 30th

Posted July 30, 2018

July 30th 2018 is Gastroschisis Awareness Day, which aims to spread awareness about Gastroschisis in the hope that more research will be done about it. Gastroschisis is where a baby is born with a hole in the abdominal wall causing the bowels and other organs to sometimes be exposed.   To learn more about Gastroschisis, […]

World Hepatitis Day – Information about Hepatitis

Posted July 27, 2018

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day. Below you’ll find information from NHS England about Hepatitis.   “Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the liver. It’s usually the result of a viral infection or liver damage caused by drinking alcohol. There are several different types of hepatitis, most of which are outlined below. Some types will […]

Adults at Risk – Fire Safety Awareness Free Training for partner agencies

Posted July 23, 2018

  This training is a fire safety guide for all those involved in the care of adults in the community.  It lays down the minimum recommendations for the protection of adults at risk from fire. It is recognised that there are many considerations to be taken into account when planning a care package to allow […]

Heatwave advice


Over the past few weeks we’ve had repeated heatwave alerts issued from the Met Office such as the one that you can view by clicking HERE. Please see the following Heatwave advice from Public Health England and West Berkshire Council to know how to stay safe during these hot spells. Advice from Public Health England […]

NHS 70 year anniversary

Posted July 5, 2018

July 5th 2018 is the 70 year anniversary of the NHS. A day to celebrate the achievements accomplished and progress made since 1948. We thank all the wonderful staff involved, such as GPs, nurses, carers, volunteers, those who make innovative new medicines and technologies and many many others for their hard work, making what we […]

We’re pleased to publish the HWWB 2017 – 2018 annual report

Posted June 30, 2018

Healthwatch Berkshire’s 2017-2018 annual report is now available to download and view. 2017/18 felt like our first proper year of operation, as we had a complete trained team who knew exactly what we needed to do. However, we have found it to be a roller-coaster of a year. Hopefully our report shines a spotlight on […]

Healthwatch West Berkshire launches young adults Fibromyalgia/CFS sufferers research and highlights #missingmillions at film screening

Posted June 26, 2018

The special screening by Healthwatch West Berkshire of Unrest on Wednesday, 20th June at Newbury College was attended by Steve McManus, CEO of Royal Berkshire Hospital and Dr Deepak Ravindran, the Clinical Lead for Pain Medicine at Royal Berkshire Hospital, as well as sufferers of Fibromyalgia, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), along […]

People maintain increases in physical activity three years after receiving pedometers

Posted June 19, 2018

Middle-aged to older adults given pedometers and a walking programme as part of two NIHR trials continued to be active three years later. In one trial they were walking around 650 extra steps a day. In both trials, they spent about 30 minutes per week extra in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity compared to controls. Brisk walking […]

Adult Impatient Survey Results

Posted June 15, 2018

CQC has published the results of the 2017 adult inpatients survey. The survey involved 148 NHS acute trusts in England that sent questionnaires to a total of 183,692 patients. Responses were received from 72,778 people, which is an adjusted response rate of 41%. Trusts selected a sample of patients who received care in hospital during […]