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Fuel Advice for Sensory Impaired

Two Sensory Impairment Fuel Advisors  – Julie Swan and Karen Renner – have recently been appointed on a project being delivered by Citizens Advice and Northumberland County Blind Association. Julie has worked in the charity sector for over 30 years, including with The Macular Society.  As a parent of a son with visual impairment she […]

Changes at Cambois Surgery

Clinical services at Cambois Surgery – part of The Gables Medical Group  – have had to reduce over the past few months due to Covid-19 and GP services have moved to the main Gables site at Bedlington Station. The Medical Group is considering the permanent closure of the branch and relocation of the Cambois dispensary […]

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Northumberland 

Covid-19 vaccinations in Northumberland – be prepared The Department of Health and Social Care advises everyone who is offered the Covid-19 vaccination to take it, as the best way of avoiding potential serious illness from the virus and helping to ease the current situation in the UK. As Covid-19 vaccinations in Northumberland are rolled out […]

NHS 111: How to book a timeslot at A&E

From 1 December you’ll be able to book a slot at your local A&E if you need to by calling NHS 111. Find out what is changing and what it means for you and your loved ones, in this article from Healthwatch England. The NHS wants to make it easier and safer for patients to […]

AGM draft minutes and Q&As

Answers to many of the questions raised before and during our AGM in October can be found below. We are still waiting to hear back from the NHS Trusts in response to some of the questions raised and will add these as soon as we can. The draft minutes from the AGM can also be […]

Care Home Visits in Northumberland

Our public forum on care home visits in November produced some really interesting and insightful discussion. We talked about how people are keeping in touch with loved ones in care homes during the pandemic, the effect on those in the homes, particularly those with dementia, and the effect on relatives, plus what would help, going […]

David’s at the helm of new Berwick hospital

From Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: A project manager has been appointed to drive forward the building of the new £25million hospital in Berwick. David Smailes will oversee all aspects of the development which is set to transform healthcare in the area and be erected on the site of the existing Berwick Infirmary. Northumberland-born and […]

Let’s Talk: Audiology Services Report

After receiving significant feedback from people in Northumberland about the end of the Hear to Help service provided by charity Action on Hearing Loss, we decided to investigate the potential impact on service users. Hear to Help was a drop-in service delivered in community locations including libraries and GP surgeries. The drop-in service provided advice […]

We’re recruiting for an Engagement and Insight Officer

We’re looking for an Engagement and Insight Officer to join the Healthwatch Northumberland team. £23,685  Full time Permanent dependent on funding Closing date 5.00pm 27 November 2020 Based in Hexham with travel across Northumberland (note all staff currently working from home but under review in line with pandemic guidelines) Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion […]

What you told us – July to September 2020

As a listening organisation working across Northumberland, Healthwatch Northumberland is interested in what people think is working well in services and what can be improved. We act on what people are saying, sharing their views with those who have the power to make change happen. We also help people find the information they need about […]