CQC finds that Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust requires improvement

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has told Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) that it must improve the quality of its services following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that had taken place in January. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and prison healthcare services across … Read more

Hospital Service Changes in June 2015

On the 19th, 20th and 21st of June, three of the services provided by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) will be moving between its main hospital sites. Picture Source: BSUH website The emergency and elective cranial neurosurgery service will move from Princess Royal Hospital (PRH), Haywards Heath to Royal Sussex County Hospital … Read more

Brighton & Hove is best for breast-feeding

Brighton & Hove has been named the top place in England for mums breastfeeding their very young babies. And it’s the second time this year that NHS figures have shown the city to have the top rate of exclusive breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks in the country. Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) works with Brighton & … Read more

Long weekend Healthwatch Brighton and Hove office closure

The Healthwatch Brighton and Hove helpline is closed from Thursday, 2nd April, the office from Friday, 3rd April. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, 7th April 2015.  We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have a medical emergency please call 999. If you need less urgent help, please call 111 You can also send us an … Read more

Press Release: Local Watchdogs visited Royal Sussex County Hospital

Media Contact: Magda Pasiut: magda@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk On the 19th January 2015 Healthwatch Brighton and Hove and Healthwatch East Sussex carried out visits to older people’s wards and the Acute Medical Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital to observe the quality of care older patients receive. The care given to patients on the day we visited … Read more

Press Release: Some good examples of care in local care homes

Media Contact: Magda Pasiut: magda@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk   Over the last few months Enter and View Representatives from Healthwatch Brighton and Hove have visited Marine View Rest Home, Loxwood House Residential Home (both in Hove) and Aspirations Active Centre (Portslade) which caters for people with very complex learning disabilities and autism. During the visit, on a scale … Read more

Update on the doctors’ standards consultation

You’ll remember that last November along with the General Medical Council (GMC) we held a consultation on the actions that could be taken against doctors who don’t meet professional standards. The report of the consultation has now been published. The headlines from the report include: More than two thousand people responded to the consultation, including … Read more

Have your say on a new research study on hip fractures

Has anyone you know broken his or her hip? Duncan Barron, Senior Research Fellow, Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Lead NIHR Research Design Service South East & Brighton & Sussex University Hospital Trust (BSUH) are looking to improve the treatment of these fractures. Can you help them design a new research study? What is involved? As … Read more

‘My expectations for raising concerns and complaints’ report

When the government published Hard Truths, its response to Robert Francis’ inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and Healthwatch England committed to developing a user-led ‘vision’ of the complaints system. This vision aims to align the health and social … Read more

Press Release: NHS dental patients given wrong price information

Which? (a national Consumers’ Association) has found that people could be paying more than they need to for treatment because some dentists aren’t explaining dental prices upfront or being clear about what NHS treatment patients are entitled to. Existing rules state that dentists must have a price list displayed in a visible place in their … Read more

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