Press Release: Healthwatch Brighton Annual Report 2022 published

We have launched our Annual Report for 2021-2022
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Annual Report 2022

The big issues:

- Waiting lists for Health Care
- Dental services
- Access to GP's and Primary Care
- Pressure on Health and Care staff

"Local people, the NHS and social care are recovering from COVID-19, but access to services and waiting lists remain a major problem for many. The Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Annual report was published on 30th June to meet our statutory requirements. Today's press release, which celebrates our work and achievements, coincides with launch of the Sussex Integrated Case System (ICS) - the NHS in Sussex is re-organising to integrate more closely with local authorities, the voluntary and community sectors to improve how it works for the population of Sussex and their staff. As the ICS embeds, Healthwatch will continue to: - Speak out as the independent voice for patients and the public - Challenge with the aim of improving services - Check that decision makers are keeping their promises."
— David Liley, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Brighton and Hove, said:

Highlights

In the last year Healthwatch Brighton and Hove have:

- Produced 20 evidence-based reports on health and care services
- Engaged with nearly 9,000 local people
- Attended over 1,000 meetings where decisions about Health and Care were made
- Worked with 71 volunteers who have contributed an amazing 6,700 hours of their time
- Issued 72 Newsletters and Bulletins
- Helped over 400 people who contacted us via our helpline
- Helped 2603 people discharged from hospital
- Helped over 1400 people with their COVID-19 related queries.

Two of our projects were shortlisted for national awards in 2021 by Healthwatch England - our Hospital Discharge project and our work on improving End Of Life Care. Our Hospital Discharge project was "Highly Commended". Both projects recognised the amazing contribution that our volunteers had made.

Healthwatch reports and contact info

The Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Annual report is available in summary and full-length versions

Read our full Annual Report

Read our summary report

The most recent Healthwatch Brighton and Hove report, published this week, shares the experiences of LGBTQ people using Health and Care services in the City.

Press queries

David Liley, CEO on david@hwbh.co.uk or 07931 755343

Or

Geoffrey Bowden, Interim Chair, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove.  chair@hwbh.co.uk or 07958 682 683

Broadcast media: our spokesperson will be available for pre-recorded interviews either down-the-line, for radio or for television via online platforms. Should broadcasters wish to have a representative in a studio Healthwatch will try to accommodate such requests and expects interviews to be conducted in accordance with Government COVID-19 guidelines.

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