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Tell us your Story – in our Annual Survey

Our Annual Survey is a chance to tell us about the health and social care services you and your family have used over the last 12 months. Your views and experiences continue to help professionals understand key local issues and how well services are working for you, your family and our communities. With services working […]

Next phase for new Berwick Hospital

The next phase of work to build the new state-of-the-art £30 million hospital in Berwick is to begin. Work to demolish parts of the old infirmary, which is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will start week commencing Monday June 21 and take around four months to complete. Buildings that formed parts of the […]

GP Data Sharing

NHS Digital has recently announced plans to allow an NHS system to extract patient data from doctors’ surgeries in England. The new data-sharing system was due to start in July but has now been pushed back to 1 September. If you DO NOT want your GP records to be shared, there are two ways to opt out: Stop your […]

End of Life Care Survey

We are working with NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group to find out what is important to people living in Northumberland when thinking about end of life care. This feedback will help with the development of an end of life strategy, or plan, and the creation of an agreement between Northumberland residents and end-of-life care providers, […]

Social Care – 6 Things You Should Expect

Social Care – 6 Things You Should Expect from Services People have told us here at Healthwatch that they want to feel listened to and involved in decisions about their social care. Here are six things you should expect from care services, according to new guidelines. With more than a quarter of a million people living […]

Healthwatch Dentistry Report

Access to NHS dental care continues to be a problem for people across England, with Healthwatch recording a 22% rise in calls and complaints about dentistry between January and March 2021. Healthwatch England’s review of 1,375 people’s experiences found a lack of consistency across the country when it comes to accessing a dental appointment. Whilst some people were asked to wait […]

Feedback Report January to March 2021

Health and Social Care Feedback Northumberland January to March 2021 Part of our role here at Healthwatch Northumberland is to listen to people’s experiences of using NHS and social care services. This feedback is passed on to those providing and paying for services, so that they know what is working well for people living in […]

Valens Medical Group – get involved

Valens Medical Group Patient Participation Group Are you a patient or carer at one of the Brockwell, Lintonville or Wellway GP surgeries? The Valens Medical Partnership Patient Participation Group (PPG) is looking for new members to help make services even better. Being part of the PPG means understanding what patients and carers experience, having ideas […]

End of Life Care – Have Your Say

End of Life Care – Have Your Say We’re working with NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to find out what people think matters most to patients approaching the end of their life and what makes a ‘good death’. We’re looking at developing a ‘social contract’ between end of life care providers and patients, in […]