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Mental Health Summary Report

In our Annual Survey 2020, mental health services was the second most chosen area where people thought we should focus our attention in the coming year. Mental health services had a high dissatisfaction rating – of those that use them 79 people said they were dissatisfied with mental health services (54%) – this was the […]

Care Homes – keeping in touch with loved ones

Care home lockdown: how are you keeping in touch with your loved one? People are telling us they are worried about care homes continuing to be closed to nearly all visits. They understand it is safer for residents and staff and the extra efforts made to maintain the quality of life in the homes, but […]

Annual Survey 2020 Report

Every year we run a survey asking about your NHS, health and care experiences from the previous year. By telling us about the care you received and what’s important to you, you help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf. This year we had […]

Come on Board – New Members Wanted

Healthwatch Northumberland Board Members We are looking for exceptional people with a keen interest in local health and social care services to join our board. Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for health and social care across the county.  As the landscape of health and social care changes due to COVID, this is a crucial […]

New Service for Young Carers

A new service to support young carers has been commissioned by Northumberland County Council. Carers Northumberland, the local support service for adult carers will be leading on the project. Anne-Marie Johnstone has been appointed as the Young Carers Support Worker for Northumberland and will be working with other youth and young people’s services across the […]

Download the New Covid-19 App

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact […]

Our Review of the Year and AGM

Our Review of the year and AGM will take place online on Wednesday 21 October, from 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Find out about our work and how we made a difference to people in Northumberland over the last 12 months. As the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care says ‘People should have phone or […]

Non-essential hospital visits suspended

From Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: Due to the rise in cases of coronavirus in the community, non-essential visiting is to be suspended in hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside, with effect from midnight, Thursday 17 September 2020. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has taken this difficult, however important, decision to protect its patients and […]

Join Us! Engagement Officer Vacancy

We’re looking for an Engagement Officer to join the Healthwatch Northumberland team. £23,685 (pro rata £19,204) Part time – 30 hours a week Permanent dependent on funding Closing date midnight 29 September 2020 Based in Hexham with travel across Northumberland (note all staff currently working from home but under review in line with pandemic guidelines) […]

August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening 2020

Pharmacies in Northumberland Bank Holiday Opening August 2020 These Northumberland pharmacies are open on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August 2020. You are advised to telephone the pharmacy prior to attending.  If you require advice out of hours, please contact: NHS 111.   ALNWICK:  Boots, 50-52 Bondgate Within NE66 1JD.  Tel 01665 602 143. Open: 10:00am […]