Updated guidance on GP appointments

Guidance on the phased easing of COVID-19 restrictions continues to be issued by government, in line with the Coronavirus roadmap out of lockdown, with services following and adapting accordingly. As such, ahead of government rules on social distancing changing from 17 May, we would like to draw your attention to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which will be published shortly, and which will update and replace previous guidance. We know you have been asking for this guidance to provide further clarity. This guidance outlines: GP practices must all ensure they are offering face to face appointments Patients and clinicians should have a choice of consultation mode. Patients’ [...]

By |2021-06-02T14:21:19+01:0027 May, 2021|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting in public 23rd June 2021

The next Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting in public will be held on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 2pm - 4pm. We hope to be able to hold the meeting in person in Conference Room B, 2nd Floor, in Portsmouth City Council's Civic Office, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2EP. If the Government restrictions on social distancing have not by 21st June been fully removed we will hold the meeting online via MS Teams. Any member of the public wishing to attend the meeting online can email info@healthwatchportsmouth.co.uk for a link. Please see the Agenda here. In order to help us get an idea of numbers, please sign up using [...]

By |2021-06-03T10:46:59+01:0021 May, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

More restrictions eased for care homes

From Monday 17 May care home residents will be able to have more named visitors and more opportunities to make visits out with no need to self-isolate when they return. Care home residents will be allowed 5 named visitors from Monday 17 May, up from 2 currently Self-isolation no longer required following visits to GPs, dentists and day centres Visits will only pause for a minimum of 14 days rather than 28 days following an outbreak As part of step 3 of the roadmap, the number of named family members or friends able to visit their loved ones in care homes will be increased from 2 to [...]

By |2021-05-21T11:26:36+01:0021 May, 2021|News|0 Comments

Face Equality Week

It’s Face Equality Week, a time to celebrate visible differences. This week we’re raising awareness of what needs to change so everyone with a visible difference or disfigurement can live the life they want to lead. It’s simply not right that: One in three people in the UK, say that they feel depressed, sad or anxious as a result of having a visible difference.  Almost a quarter say they feel self-conscious or embarrassed going out in public as a result of their visible difference. Changing faces is an organisation which support people who have a visible difference to lead the lives they want. Find out more here [...]

By |2021-05-18T17:34:58+01:0018 May, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

This week is Dementia Action Week

This year, Dementia Action Week is 17-23 May which is being Led by Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. What is Dementia? Dementia is not a specific disease but is rather a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Though dementia mostly affects older adults, it is not a part of normal aging.   How common is dementia? Of those at least 65 years [...]

By |2021-05-18T15:12:56+01:0018 May, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

New Government guidance for Primary Care Services in England from 17th May

Government rules on social distancing has now changed from 17 May. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Primary Care Services in England, which was published 13th May, updates and replaces the previous Government guidance. The guidance outlines for Primary Care Services in England that: GP practices must all ensure they are offering face to face appointments. Patients and clinicians should have a choice of consultation mode. Patients’ input into this choice should be sought and practices should respect preferences for face to face care unless there are good clinical reasons to the contrary, for example the presence of COVID symptoms. All practice receptions should be open to [...]

By |2021-05-17T14:24:36+01:0017 May, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

COVID-19: Step three rules are now in place

Guidance on the phased easing of COVID-19 restrictions continues to be issued by government, in line with the Coronavirus roadmap out of lockdown. From 17th May, we'll be allowed to meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors and meet indoors with family and friends, following the rule of six or two households. We'll also be able to choose whether or not to keep a social distance from family and friends, as hugging will be allowed. Thank you for sticking to the rules so far. That's the reason why from next week we'll be able to enjoy seeing more people and getting closer to our loved ones [...]

By |2021-05-17T14:29:01+01:0017 May, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy

All women of childbearing age must read this guide before they go for vaccination. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines available in the UK have been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profile. These vaccines do not contain live coronavirus and cannot infect a pregnant woman or her unborn baby in the womb. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as people of the same age or risk group. In the USA, around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated mainly with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and no safety concerns have [...]

By |2021-05-10T14:55:13+01:0010 May, 2021|News|0 Comments

Healthwatch Portsmouth is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week in Portsmouth

This year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health. Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May. This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways. Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week [...]

By |2021-05-10T10:55:29+01:0010 May, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

This week Healthwatch Portsmouth is supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week

This week is Dying Matters Awareness week, which gives us all a chance to come together and open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement. This year, the week will focus on the importance of being in a good place to die. There is very little evidence about the quality of deaths at home, and whether the right care and support was in place. There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different for everyone. But it is important for families to think about it, to talk about it and to plan for it. Dying Matters want people of all ages to [...]

By |2021-05-07T13:06:08+01:0010 May, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments