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Monday, 22 June, 2020 - 12:46

Changing the ways we access health and care services

For those who rely on health and care services, Covid-19 has brought sudden and significant changes to the way those services work. Many patients have been willing to adapt to different ways of getting support and most people shared very positive feedback. However, people have made it very clear that health services delivered over the phone or online are not right for everyone and everything. Over 200 residents shared their experiences with online and digital offers with Healthwatch Camden.

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Friday, 12 June, 2020 - 15:03

“We all live in fear now” - what we can learn from Camden’s Carers

Carers have an important story to tell us about the impact of Covid-19.

Thursday, 4 June, 2020 - 16:18

The dentist’s chair: lockdown in the life of a local dentist

The government announced that dental surgeries can reopen from Monday 8th June. In this blog post, Camden dentist Jiten Raval talks about his experience providing dental care during lockdown and tells residents what they can expect once they return to the dentist office. 

Thursday, 21 May, 2020 - 16:55

‘Lockdown’ not good for our emotional wellbeing

Camden residents have shared their views on the impact the pandemic is having on health and wellbeing. A striking theme has emerged: many of the residents we have heard from are more stressed, anxious, isolated or depressed as a result of COVID-19. Our Director reflects on what residents are telling Healthwatch Camden about the impact of Covid-19.

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.