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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).

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 - 15:49

We're in the summer edition Greenwood magazine

We’re in the latest Greenwood centre newsletter. The centre is Camden’s new home for day services and the borough’s first Centre for Independent living.

The article highlights the impact of our collaboration with Camden Disability Action to evaluate how accessible Camden's community centres are for people with a disability. 

Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 13:22

Trustee thoughts on the UCL Centre for Co-production

Our trustee Sarah was recently featured on UCL’s Public Engagement Blog. The blog was created to help UCL share stories of successful public engagement, raise questions and invite collaboration. See Sarah’s blog post here.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 - 13:44

Volunteers' Week 2019

June 1 -7 is Volunteers’ Week. To thank our volunteers for the hard work and time they contribute we hosted an event at our offices in the Greenwood centre.

Volunteers help us to get more local people’s voices heard on health and social care provision in Camden. We recruit volunteers on a project-to-project basis to make sure that they get the skills and experience they need.