What people have told the Healtwatch network this quarter

Thousands of people share their experiences of health and care with Healthwatch every month. Between July and September 2019, Healthwatch England received over 10,500 people’s experiences of using health and social care from our network….

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Only 19% of people are able to identify the low risk drinking guidelines of 14 units.

The Chief Medical Officers’ (CMOs’) alcohol guidelines for both men and women recommend that we drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread out over three or more days. One unit equals 10ml…

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More focus needed on how people travel to and from NHS services

Together with two leading charities, Healthwatch England (HWE) are raising awareness of the issues people facing travelling to and from NHS services. HWE will be working with NHS England to support their new national review…

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Are you passionate about women’s health advocacy?

Could you lead the broad range of lay voices that support the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ work to improve women’s health? The RCOG is recruiting a new honorary Women’s Voices Lead (WVL) to…

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Go Straight to NHS 111 campaign launched

Patients are being encouraged to use the NHS 111 if they are unsure which service to use. If you think you need medical help right now you can call 111 from any phone. This service…

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New CQC report published on State of Care

Today the Care Quality Commission published their annual assessment of the state of health and social care in England. The report found that quality ratings have been maintained overall – but people’s experience of care…

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New platform launched to support mental health

Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, launched Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. It is increasingly…

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Preventing the next fracture guide launched

There are an estimated half a million fragility fractures in the UK each year, many of which could be prevented with earlier diagnosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more…

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Understanding the impact of miscarriage on your mental health

Last year, thousands of women told Healthwatch about their experiences of mental health problems during and after pregnancy – including those who lost their babies. As part of Baby Loss Awareness Week, we’re sharing stories…

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Multi gene testing at diagnosis, for all breast cancer patients, could save lives.

Eve researcher Dr Ranjit Manchanda, published a lifetime model evaluating the financial, health and social impact of multi-gene testing (BRCA1/2/PALB2) at diagnosis for all breast cancer patients which was found to be extremely cost effective….

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