Southsea Medical Centre – Alert

Healthwatch Portsmouth has been alerted to a problem that telephone callers to the Southsea Medical Centre asking for a GP consultation, have experienced very recently. An automated call answering system suggests that you make an e-consultation on Southsea Medical Centre’s website.   The webpage that appears on Southsea Medical Centre’s website that the telephone answering system directs you to, is not owned by Southsea Medical Centre. Instead it is a USA based private medical e-consultation company’s website page called ‘just answer uk doctor’. This  tries to get you to subscribe to the company’s monthly payment plan. The US private medical e-consultation webpage ‘just answer uk doctor’ appears to [...]

By |2021-06-17T17:10:34+01:0017 June, 2021|Uncategorized|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

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

Healthwatch Portsmouth celebrates Student Volunteering Week

At Healthwatch Portsmouth we know how valuable volunteering is to our organisation. When students volunteer, we can help them to develop skills that they will be able to use throughout their career and give them a taste of what a career in public health looks like. Did you know that a third of the UK’s student population volunteer, this could be for a range of reasons; to give back to their communities, as part of a work placement or to try out a new career. Student volunteering is a vital resource for many charities and businesses in the UK, students come from a range of ages and [...]

By |2021-01-26T17:00:39+00:008 February, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

National Safeguarding Adults Week – Family Approach

Today’s theme is the Family Approach A Family Approach is one that secures better outcomes for children (including unborn babies), adults with care and support needs, children and their families by co-ordinating the support they receive from Adult and Children and Family Services. The support provided by these services should be focused on problems affecting the family as this is the only effective way of working with families experiencing the most significant problems. General Information NSPCC Support for Parents Parenting can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. The NSPCC Support for Parents webpage provides parenting tips for all stages of your child’s life, as well [...]

By |2020-11-20T13:40:16+00:0022 November, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

National Safeguarding Adults Week 2020 – Homelessness

Today’s theme is Homelessness. There are many reasons why people become homeless. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events which cause people to become homeless. They can become homeless when they leave prison, care or the army with no home to go to. Many homeless women have escaped a violent relationship. Life events like a relationship breaking down, losing a job, mental or physical health problems, or substance misuse can also cause homelessness. Being homeless can, in turn, make many of these problems even harder to resolve. People facing homelessness have been hit especially hard [...]

By |2020-11-20T09:44:16+00:0021 November, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments