Healthwatch Bulletin - Health, Social Care and COVID-19 (8.1.21)

Welcome to our first Healthwatch bulletin of 2021, providing you with updates on Health, Social Care, and COVID-19
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An update on COVID-19, and health and social care services

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Brighton & Hove. The weekly number of positive tests is now more than 10 times higher than at the end of November 2020. Every age group and every part of our city is affected.  The latest national Office for National Statistics survey shows that roughly 1 in 45 people in the South East have got the virus. We all have a part to play. Everyone must follow the rules of the lockdown and stay at home. If you are outside of your home, you must adopt the measures necessary to prevent the spread of the virus: think hands – face – space. Click here to learn more.

A COVID vaccine update which provides additional information. 

In addition to the attached bulletin, we have created a dedicated vaccine webpage on the Healthwatch Brighton and Hove website. Information is being released all the time and we will be regularly updating this dedicated page as more information about the roll-out of vaccines is released. The website explains how the vaccines are currently being rolled-out and includes the latest news. 

Please visit the Healthwatch website here for more information

Three Healthwatch reports bulletin of 2020.

2 reports on Non-emergency Patient Transport Services, including a 2-page summary 

A one-page summary from our recent dental survey.

Join our Healthwatch Brighton and Hove webinars for Care Home Relatives

Tuesday 26th January 2021 2pm – 3pm
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting 3 monthly webinars for relatives/family carers with loved ones in Care Homes.

This follows on from our Sussex-wide event in November when almost 90 people came together to share their experiences of staying connected with their loved ones in care homes during the pandemic. You can read our report: Staying Connected Webinar Report December 2020

The first webinar on Tuesday 26th January will focus on the Vaccination Roll out in Care Homes.

The webinars are for you to hear from other family carers, and contribute your thoughts and experiences. There will also be people on hand to answer some of your questions.

Two further webinars will cover the following themes:

  • 22nd February, 3pm – 4pm, we will explore the impact of long-term restricted visiting/separation from loved ones is having on families
  • 22nd March, 3pm – 4pm, there will an opportunity to join representatives from the Health and Care System in a Q & A session and future discussions around what could and should the system be doing to support relatives and Family carers.

Watch this space - further details released shortly!


COVID, health and social care bulletin
COVID-19 vaccination bulletin
Report on Non-emergency Patient Transport Services
2-page summary of our report on Non-emergency Patient Transport Services
Dental survey: summary

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