Healthwatch uses your feedback with health and care decision-makers to seek a positive difference, and this document sets out the changes you have helped us to deliver during August 2023.
Our activity in August
We were contacted by someone needing help travelling to a hospital appointment. They didn’t drive and due to their medical condition couldn’t access public transport.
We shared information and contact details for the Non-emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS), outlining the eligibility criteria and explaining how to book transport.
An individual with multiple disabilities had been unable to access appropriate support services. They felt this was due to their poor mental health and communication difficulties
We heard from someone struggling to get their parent’s care home to share an incident report relating to an injury their parent sustained.
We shared details on the ‘duty of candour’ obligation for residential homes to share details with residents and families when an injury has occurred. We also highlighted the right to complain if a request is ignored.
A concerned enquirer told us their relative was being discharged from hospital before arrangements for suitable care at home were finalised, and they were concerned for their safety.
We advised contact with the Patient Advice and Liaison Service to ensure the patient and their family were included in the discharge assessment process and this was completed before the patient leaves hospital.
Tell us your experiences of local health and care services
We always want to hear the experiences of local people when they use health and care services.
You can share your experience by leaving a review on our Feedback Centre at any time and tell us how things were for you. What was good and what could be improved?
You can also share your experience or seek further support with health and care enquiries from our Information & Signposting service via:
Telephone: 0333 101 4007 Monday – Friday (10am-2pm)