Hospital Discharge for Older People

Healthwatch speaks to older people about their experience of hospital discharge. This project follows a period of consultation with a number of partners, including Age UK, Crossroads Care, the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Food Partnership, and the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group. Trained Healthwatch volunteers are visiting 11 areas of the Royal Sussex … Read more

Welcome to our new Board Member, Christine D’Cruz

Welcome to Christine D’Cruz Healthwatch is delighted to welcome Christine D’Cruz to the Board. “My background is working with large complex organisations including financial services, energy and central government. I play an active role in the Brighton community and retired in July from being a trustee at Martlets Hospice after 10 years. I’m also Chair … Read more

launch of Sussex Patient Transport Service review report

Patients across Sussex report improving service Non-emergency Patient Transport Services (PTS) across Sussex continue to improve according to independent watchdog, Healthwatch.  Patients and carers give their views on their experiences of using PTS in this new report, which examines how the service has changed over six months from June to December 2017. The PTS is provided by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). A total … Read more

launch of Healthwatch 2018 GP review

We are delighted to publish the reports from the Healthwatch 2018 review of GP services in Brighton and Hove: GP review This was a comprehensive review involving all GP practices in the city – observational visits to 29 of the 36 practices and an online survey involving 1500 local people. The results have a high … Read more

Personal Independence Payments and Employment Support Allowance Examining the impact of PIP and ESA assessments on vulnerable people in Brighton and Hove

Press release 12.00 Thursday 15th February 2018 Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has found that vulnerable people applying for PIP (Personal Independence Payments) and ESA (Employment Support Allowance) have their applications routinely declined.  David Liley, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove said: “There is concern in Parliament over the way vulnerable people are treated by the … Read more

Launch of research into experiences of LGBTQ people affected by cancer

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard Press Release – 18 January 2018    Survey for LGBTQ people affected by cancer launched Macmillan Cancer Support and Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard are working together to engage with the local community to learn about the experiences and needs of LGBTQ people in Brighton and Hove and Sussex who are affected … Read more

Patient Transport Service in Sussex delivering an improved service says Healthwatch

In a report published today, local Healthwatch reflect that 75% of patients we talked too, across Sussex, are satisfied with the quality of non-emergency Patient Transport Service they received, including 44% who were very satisfied. “The New Sussex wide Patient Transport Service – a report of what you told us” says that although satisfaction levels … Read more

CQC finds significant improvement at Royal Sussex County Hospital

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove (HWBH) welcomes the latest Care Quality Commission [CQC] report published today on the Royal Sussex County Hospital [RSCH], and for their sister hospital, the Princess Royal Hospital [PRH] at Haywards Heath. The reports can be accessed by clicking on the links below: Royal Sussex County Hospital Princess Royal Hospital In April … Read more

NHS England publishes reports showing improvements in local services

Independent reports indicate improvements in local NHS provision Last week, two important reports were published by NHS England showing the performance of local NHS services. These showed a ‘mixed bag’ of news for Brighton & Hove and for Sussex and East Surrey.   The Clinical Commissioning Annual Assessment 2016/17  The CCG Annual Assessment 2016/17 report … Read more

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