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Recent news

02/04/2020

Fraudsters are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam people.

01/04/2020

The UK government has identified and contacted around 1.5 million NHS patients as being at highest risk of severe illness resulting in hospitalisation if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19). These people have been advised to start 'shielding' themselves. The letter strongly advises people to rigorously follow the guidance, which includes staying at home at all times for at least 12 weeks. 

31/03/2020

Healthwatch Camden face-to-face engagements temporarily canceled. Staff working to support community and NHS during this time.

19/03/2020

Visiting for all patients will no longer be allowed on the wards until further notice to keep patients and staff safe amid COVID-19 outbreak.

18/03/2020

Camden Council to act as 'community leader' in battle to support and protect residents from COVID-19

 

13/03/2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Healthwatch Camden's next Board Meeting in Public will be on Tuesday 24th March 2020, 6pm-8pm

13/02/2020

The Health & Wellbeing Board in Camden want people to grow well, live well and age well. They want to hear from as many people across the borough as possible and are inviting you to share your own experience of health and care in Camden.

09/12/2019

In the New Year, The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service will run sessions to teach children and young people recovery techniques.

‘Teaching Recovery Techniques’ (TRT) groups have been used all over the world to help children and young people learn skills to recover from trauma.  The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service Children and Young People’s Team have been using the sessions to teach children, and young people skills and techniques, which they can use to cope with the psychological effects of distressing events.

Find out more …

02/12/2019

If you are a member of the public with experience of hospice at home services, perhaps as a carer or volunteer, the National Institute for Health Research funded OPEL research team want to hear from you. They invite you to feedback on findings from the  OPEL Study (Optimum Hospice at Home Services for End of Life Care), a research project being led by the University of Kent and other partners.

Find out more in their OPEL public consensus event leaflet.

02/12/2019

Many people look after someone else but don’t realise that they are carers. If you’re looking after someone regularly because they’re ill, disabled or can’t manage without your support, you may be a carer. Find out what support you can get as a carer by reading Independent Age's free guide. 

If you’re in the position that you need to choose a care home in the Camden area, take a look at the Independent Age Report: ‘Evaluating residential care in Camden’ – it’s a review of a pilot project which we collaborated with them on.  

Independent Age wanted to find out what is known about quality in care homes and how this is affecting the choices open to older people in need of residential care and their families.

 

 

26/11/2019

Find out what support is available to help you when travelling to your GP, hospital or other NHS services.

Most people use public transport, drive or rely on the kindness of family and friends to get to the doctor, pharmacist, or hospital on time. But, if you don’t have good access to transport, it can mean that you’re late or end up missing your appointment. It can be even harder if you need to attend regular appointments at a hospital for long-term conditions, such as chemotherapy treatment for cancer.

There are lots of reasons why you might not be able to get to NHS services easily for non-emergency issues. For example, we often hear from people who are physically unable to travel, can’t afford transport, or live in a rural area.

Here, we provide some information about the support available to help make this easier for you.  

Read about the support available here …

25/11/2019

From 2 December, people who require aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act and everyone eligible for an NHS wheelchair, will have access to a personal health budget. Personal health budgets give people flexibility, greater control and choice over their health and care support. Over 70,000 people are already benefit. As part of the NHS Long Term Plan, the health system will increase access so that up to 200,000 people can receive one by 2024. Find out more.

20/11/2019

The Royal Free Hospital, has introduced an online appointment system to book adult blood tests.

From 1 November patients can book their test online for appointments which are from 21 November onwards. More information on the details to the booking system can be found on the Royal Free website:

The new system will bring a range of benefits including:

  • allowing patients, their carers and family members to better plan their visits to the hospital as they will have a specific time for their blood test
  • 24/7 visibility of available appointments and the ability for patients to book their own appointments
  • the opportunity to view, reschedule and cancel appointments

If patients are unable to book online, they can call the booking line: 020 7443 9757, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.  

18/11/2019

The Kings Fund have published a new long read. It examines the role of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) in the development of integrated care systems (ICS). Read more …

18/11/2019

Each quarter Healthwatch England publish a round-up of the issues that people are raising about health and social care services. 

Their latest briefing looks at the emerging themes across GPs, hospitals, mental health and social care services. They also take an in depth look at what people with incontinence have said about the support they have received. Read the latest round-up.