On 31st March 2021 the service provider contract that supports Healthwatch Portsmouth will transfer from Help and Care to The Advocacy People who were the successful bidders in Portsmouth City Council’s recent Healthwatch Portsmouth contract commissioning process. You can continue to contact Healthwatch Portsmouth on their usual email address firstname.lastname@example.org up until 29th March 2021. Please bear with us with our IT communications while the service transfers during 29th, 30th and 31st March 2021. If you encounter any issues during this time please feel free to contact email@example.com quoting ‘Healthwatch Portsmouth’. Please feel free to contact Healthwatch Portsmouth from 1st April 2021 on firstname.lastname@example.org by which time the [...]
HWP Chairperson issues apology for his choice of words in a recent newspaper interview on the future supply of COVID vaccines to the UK
The Healthwatch Portsmouth Chairperson, Roger Batterbury has issued an apology (below) today in relation to words he chose to use in an interview he gave to The News that was reported on 19th March 2021 regarding the future supply of COVID-19 vaccines. "In a recent media interview about the future Government vaccine supply in April I used language that some felt was unacceptable. I'm truly sorry. It was never my intention to cause anyone distress. I'm grateful this has been brought to my attention and to the attention of Healthwatch Portsmouth where I'm the elected Chairperson. This process of reflection will help ensure that Healthwatch Portsmouth continues to [...]
UPDATE 19.3.21 The COVID-19 Vaccination update has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care. See the latest update here. UPDATE 02.03.21 The COVID-19 Vaccination update has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care, to provide information on a wide range of topics including: The COVID-19 vaccination timetable, including details of when people with Learning Disabilities and those with underlying health conditions will be invited to have their injection The effectiveness of vaccines Stopping vaccine fraud Availability of information on the COVID-19 vaccination in different formats The possible side effects of the vaccine What to do once you have had the vaccination [...]
Here is the latest information that we have received from NHS England about patient access to NHS dental appointments in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Update on NHS dental services Feb 21 in Hants and Isle of Wight Healthwatch England have published a report to summarise the feedback it has received from local Healthwatch (including Healthwatch Portsmouth) about the problems people have been facing in accessing NHS dental appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthwatch England was mentioned in the news headlines on Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 8th February. Healthwatch England's report was highlighted in the bulletin. You can read the Healthwatch England briefing and [...]
Healthwatch Portsmouth is publishing today its report written in November of the review taken in August of GP surgery websites. Here is the report GP surgery website review: HWP report FINAL Nov 2020 and the data supporting our review GP Surgery Website Review Survey table 1 The purpose of the desk based community research project was to: To identify the information that could and could not be found on each GP website To gather feedback on the patient experience of using GP practice websites To share this information by publication to members of the public To make recommendations to commissioners and provider We will be sending this [...]
It has just been announced this morning that Portsmouth and Hampshire and many surrounding areas (except the Isle of Wight) will need to follow the new rules that have been issued for Tier 2 areas from Thursday 3rd December. To watch a series of videos summarising the new rules in each Tier click on this link below https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-54511965 More detailed information about the rules to follow in Tier 2 are available on www.gov.uk/coronavirus The restrictions will be reviewed every fortnight with the first review being made on 16th December.
A Veteran’s Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) is launching on Monday 23rd November 2020 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area A 111 Crisis Service is also being launched for the South East Region The High Intensity Service (HIS) has been developed using feedback and input by veterans and their families, as well as the NHS England and NHS Improvement Armed Forces Patient and Public Voice Group. HIS will provide care and treatment for veterans who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, are in a mental health crisis and / or need urgent and emergency care and treatment. The new service will provide: • [...]
The Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting in public took place on Thursday 17th December (online) 2pm - 4pm The Agenda for the meeting can be found here http://Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting Agenda 17.12.20 You can access the full mangers report here The meeting in public was recorded for the purposes of minute taking and to share with those members of the Healthwatch Portsmouth Board who were unable to attend the meeting. Thank you to all who attended and provided input. We look forward to welcoming you to the next Healthwatch Portsmouth Board Meeting in March 2021.
Portsmouth City Council has issued today the following information and request for action. In the last seven days, there were 306 new cases of coronavirus in Portsmouth. This includes cases in hospitals and the community, as well as routine testing of both staff and students at the university, and service personnel at the naval base. We're testing more people than ever before, but this does not take away from the seriousness of more cases in the city. You can spread the virus even if you have no symptoms. The more cases are confirmed, the higher the risk of the virus spreading. In turn this means more people [...]
Updated advice on shielding: 13 October Healthwatch England has updated its information sheet on shielding to reflect the new Government guidance effective from 13th October 2020. The focus is more on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable based on the local situation rather than one piece of advice covering everyone. This does mean that it's trying to reflect more complex guidance. Healthwatch England has highlighted the key areas that people need to know about but kept in links to overall guidance for reference. Changes to Government shielding advice, issued 13 October From 1 August 2020, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable were advised that shielding had been paused. [...]