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Thursday, 21 May, 2020 - 16:44

Wide range of services in Camden to support mental health

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or other mental distress, you may need some support to stay well. A range of services and online support are available in Camden for people with mental health issues. Do not delay seeking help. This blog offers a large list of mental health resources at the bottom.

Tuesday, 19 May, 2020 - 10:55

Dental care in the time of Covid-19

Our guest blogger for this month is Dr. Michael Wieder, the principal of Maldent Dental Practice in Malden Road, Kentish Town. He has been a Camden dentist for over 30 years at the practice and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Camden & Islington Local Dental Committee. Dr. Wieder discusses the challenges that Covid-19 poses on dentistry and offers Camden residents advice on how to safely access dental services during the lockdown.

Wednesday, 13 May, 2020 - 13:34

Death in the time of COVID-19

Our guest blogger for this month, in honour of Dying Matters week, is Healthwatch Camden Trustee, Dr Louise Jones.  Dr. Jones has worked in palliative care for 25 years, both clinically and (from 2005-2014) as lead of palliative care research at University College London where she is now honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer. In this blog, Dr. Jones discusses the unique challenge that COVID-19 poses to death and dying on communities.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2020 - 13:31

Pharmacy services and how you can help the NHS

Our guest blogger is Healthwatch Camden Trustee, Mr. Sanjay Ganvir, a practicing Community Pharmacist for 26 years and Director at Green Light Pharmacy. Mr. Ganvir is an Honorary Lecturer at University College London and sits on several local education and health groups. He provides views from the front line of the NHS response to COVID-19 and asks residents to be patient as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to our community pharmacies.

Thursday, 9 April, 2020 - 16:35

Everyone deserves accessible and accurate Covid-19 Information

Camden is a wonderfully diverse borough and is home to many different communities. English is not the first language for 23% of Camden residents and other native languages spoken include Bengali, Somali, French, Spanish, and Arabic to name a few. Although we celebrate such a diversity, it also means that there are people who don’t speak English and have language barriers to accessing information, healthcare and other public services.

Tuesday, 10 March, 2020 - 16:19

Camden’s views on NHS and care services

Our new Director summarises the views shared with Healthwatch Camden on health, care and the NHS.

Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 20:01

A Young Carer's life, their rights & how to help

It's Young Carers Awareness Day and we’ve pulled together some key information and resources which anyone can use to increase empathy with Young Carers in the borough.

Tuesday, 10 December, 2019 - 16:04

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

This is my last blog for Healthwatch Camden, after nearly seven years here I am moving on. I want to welcome my successor, Matthew Parris who joins us from Healthwatch Surrey.

Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 12:50

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

Your Voice Counts

We’ve been analysing what people said in our “Your Voice Counts” survey at community events over the summer. We asked about different aspects of the NHS Long Term Plan.

We found that two topics were dominating people’s concerns: mental health services for young people and the plans for ‘digital first’ primary care services. 

So we explored these themes in more detail at our community forum on 8 October, and we’ll be launching projects on both topics over the winter.

Transport

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 13:52

Experiences of Camden patients

Healthwatch Camden often hears anecdotal reports about poor patient experiences of hospital outpatient appointments. We wanted to better understand the patient experience starting with a GP referral right up to the day of the hospital appointment.

Over three weeks in spring 2019, we interviewed patients in the outpatient clinic waiting areas at both the Royal Free Hospital and University College London Hospital (UCLH).