Healthwatch chair steps down

Posted June 13, 2018

It is with great sadness we announce that Mrs Alison Foster has now stepped down as Chair of Healthwatch West Berkshire. We were especially lucky to find such a dedicated hard-working Chair, with a vast knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector.  In her time as Chair she oversaw some incredible projects resulting in […]

£200,000 cash injection will support rough sleepers


New support will be enabled by funding from a special initiative The support available to rough sleepers in West Berkshire Council will receive a boost thanks to a £200,000 grant from the Government. A number of new initiatives will be enabled by the funding including the recruitment of outreach and project workers to engage with […]

Thornford Park patient turns violent over soft drink order

Posted June 8, 2018

Detainee with long-term schizophrenia rains punches on healthcare assistant.     This incident happened while the victim was alone because most other health care assistants at the medium secure psychiatric unit at Crookham Hill, Thatcham, were “preoccupied” with serving lunch, Reading magistrates were told on Thursday May 31st. To read more about this story click […]

Pharmacy opening times during May Bank Holiday and Health advice.

Posted May 26, 2018

Advice about access to healthcare during the 28th May Bank Holiday Monday is available on this page. GP practices will be closed on the Bank Holiday across Reading, Wokingham and Newbury so patients should ensure that they have sufficient medication to cover them over the holiday period and ensure that any request for repeat prescriptions […]

NHS England 24th May Board Meeting papers

Posted May 24, 2018

The agenda and meeting papers for NHS England and NHS Improvement Board Meetings in Common held on 24 May 2018 have recently been published. Click on the links below to take a look. NHS England and NHS Improvement Board meeting in common agenda – 24 May 2018 Item 1 – Next steps on aligning the […]

CQC review identifies concerns about the management of child and adolescent mental health inpatient units provided by The Huntercombe Group

Posted May 18, 2018

A review by the Care Quality Commission of the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) provided by The Huntercombe Group has identified a number of concerns and made recommendations to address these. Teams of inspectors visited hospitals provided by The Huntercombe Group that admit children and young people with mental health problems. The five […]

Breast screening error ‘shortened up to 270 lives’

Posted May 7, 2018

“Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says. Speaking in the Commons, he said 450,000 women aged 68-71 had failed to get invitations since 2009. Mr Hunt has announced an independent review and apologised “wholeheartedly” […]

Up to 1,500 junior doctors offered posts as registrars have had their job offers withdrawn, following a mistake in the recruitment process.


Doctors say they have been left stressed and in limbo, and potentially out of pocket over plans to move home. The Royal College of Physicians, which oversees recruitment, apologised for the “human error” and is working over the weekend to restart the process. Doctors’ union, the British Medical Association, said it was “appalled“. The junior […]