Get vaccinated at Fratton Park this weekend

Anyone aged 18 years and over can get their COVID-19 vaccination at Portsmouth Football Club's stadium, Fratton Park, this Sunday. The clinic is being run by Solent NHS Trust, in partnership with Portsmouth FC and Portsmouth City Council, and is open from 12-6pm on Sunday 25 July. No appointments are necessary. Individuals will be able to get their first or second dose (if it's been eight weeks since their first dose) of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine. Second doses of the Moderna vaccine are being offered at St James's Hospital. Additional walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics (no appointment necessary) are at these locations in Portsmouth for the rest [...]

By |2021-07-23T13:54:40+01:0023 July, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Step four changes and guidance – Covid 19

As we enter step four of the Government roadmap, big changes have been made in England. What has now changed in England? Social distancing No limits on how many people can meet 1m-plus guidance removed (except in some places like hospitals and passport control when entering) Face coverings no longer required by law, although the Government still "expects and recommends" them in crowded and enclosed spaces Some shops and transport operators will still require masks Events and gatherings Nightclubs can reopen Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only No limits on guests at weddings and funerals No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events No restrictions on communal worship [...]

By |2021-07-19T11:15:59+01:0019 July, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Covid-19: The roadmap for lifting lockdown

Most Covid guidance and legal restrictions will be lifted in England on 19 July, the government has confirmed. What will change in England on 19 July? Social distancing No limits on how many people can meet 1m-plus rule removed (except in some places like hospitals, or before passport control when entering the country) Face coverings no longer required by law Events and gatherings Nightclubs can open Pubs and restaurants no longer table-service only No limits on guests at weddings and funerals No limits on people attending concerts, theatres or sports events No restrictions on communal worship Travel Guidance recommending against travel to amber countries removed Adults [...]

By |2021-07-13T14:57:44+01:0013 July, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Through the Pandemic – Healthwatch Portsmouth Annual Report 2020 – 2021

It has certainly been a year like no other as we look back at the work of Healthwatch Portsmouth over the past 12 months for our Annual Report 2020 – 2021. From moving our team to home working and getting to grips with digital engagement, it has been a year of change for everyone. The past year has seen big changes and challenges for everyone as the pandemic took hold and the country went into lockdown. Access to health and social care services had to change dramatically and the role of Healthwatch was even more important at this time. Using digital tools such as Teams and Zoom [...]

By |2021-07-01T15:17:13+01:001 July, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Book your COVID-19 vaccine at The Friendship Centre

Solent NHS Trust is running a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic in our local community at The Friendship Centre, Elm Grove on Friday 2 July, between 11.30am and 4pm. This clinic is open to people aged 18 and over who haven't had the first dose of the vaccine. No walk-in appointments are available so bookings are essential. Please don't turn up without an appointment, as you wont be seen. If you, a friend, family or colleague, haven't yet had the vaccine and would like to, please call Portsmouth City Council on 023 9261 6708 or email covidvaccine@portsmouthcc.gov.uk before 1pm today to book your appointment.

By |2021-07-01T11:46:49+01:001 July, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Love Your Lungs Week

21 - 27 June is Love Your Lungs Week where we are helping to raise awareness of the importance of taking care of your lungs. How do your lungs work? “Your lungs are incredible. Every day you take about 25,000 breaths, mostly without thinking.” Living with a lung condition can be hard. Over the past year, the pandemic has taught us just how important it is to love our lungs. How often you breathe in and out every minute depends on your age and what you’re doing. If you’re resting, an adult will breathe around 12-20 times a minute – that adds up to around 17,000 – 30,000 [...]

By |2021-06-21T14:38:07+01:0021 June, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Learning Disability Week 2021

This Learning Disability Week, Healthwatch Portsmouth are proud to be raising awareness of a Portsmouth-based social enterprise, that enables, supports and trains young people with learning disabilities into sustainable pathways of employment. What is a learning disability? A learning disability is defined by the Department of Health as a “significant reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning), which started before adulthood.” There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Approximately 2.16% of adults in the UK are believed to have a learning disability and [...]

By |2021-06-14T12:19:26+01:0014 June, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Pride Month 2021: 1 June – 29 June

Healthwatch Portsmouth supports Pride Month! Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT+ community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBTQ+ people have had around the world. LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. Pride Month is so important because it marks the start of change within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the wider social implications. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way by continuing in this long standing tradition. We continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society, [...]

By |2021-06-11T11:20:03+01:0011 June, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

New dental surgery – 2, Hanway Road, now open

June '21 update - Hanway Rd NHS dentist open, extra interim capacity at London Rd being offered Healthwatch Portsmouth have just heard today that the Smile Dental Care practice at 2, Hanway Road, Portsmouth PO1 4ND which  was due to open on 1st April 2021 has been open since 1st June and is able to offer up to 21,500 'units of dental activity' a year.    Delays in opening were due to problems the practice faced in delays to access a Care Quality Commission inspection  visit and sign-off due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Patients wishing to join a dental practice in Portsmouth can contact the practice on [...]

By |2021-06-10T14:50:14+01:0010 June, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Carers Week 2021

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who do not think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. There are currently 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older. This year, carers across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the [...]

By |2021-06-07T11:18:19+01:007 June, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments