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Our Winter 2017 Newsletter

08/02/2017

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Read the full newsletterMajor change in Richmond’s NHS: event report

At a Healthwatch Richmond event in December, local NHS commissioners explained several steps being taken to save £20 million by April 2018, to achieve financial balance.

They also outlined the requirement to play a key part in £900 million of further south west London savings. Huge shifts will take place in the local NHS, and residents expressed passionate viewpoints.

The changes are extensive. To read more, see "NHS Changes: How to get your voice heard" below. For the full event report, read here

 

 

NHS changes: How to get your voice heard

You can find out how to take part in a consultation on changing NHS Richmond's IVF provision to 'exception only', which is part of a major savings drive. 

There's also the opportunity to share your views on changes that have already been made to treatment for cataracts, certain knee problems, bunions and other issues. And you can influence significant south-west London planned changes to large hospitals and localisation of services. Read here for an essential guide on how to influence the NHS changes

 

Influence Healthwatch's upcoming projects

We will continue to keep you posted on NHS changes in the borough. We also have a number of our own projects we would love you to be involved in, and we encourage you to contact us or spread the word to your organisation. Among them are two pieces of work, to examine local mental health care and outpatient services. If you have views on these topics, or our Enter & View work, please contact us here or call 020 8099 5335

 

Volunteer story: Rae McDonald

We have a great interview with Rae McDonald (right), who volunteers for our Enter & View programme.

Rae explains how she became a Healthwatch Richmond volunteer and what she enjoys about the role. Read the interview here

 

Enter & View

We’ve recently carried out five significant Enter & View visits to residential care homes and hospitals.

These include Greville House in Richmond, Lynde House in Twickenham, and two wards at Queen Mary's Hospital. Full details

 

Progress on youth emotional wellbeing

Key stakeholders in young people’s emotional wellbeing met in November at a Healthwatch Richmond and Kingston event. 

As we launched our ‘Improving emotional wellbeing for young people’ report, they discussed desired outcomes for schools and local mental health services. To read more, click here

 

Are you a charity, legal or funding expert?

Healthwatch Richmond is looking for a volunteer (unpaid) to join its audit committee and advise on fundraising and legal issues. The committee is essential to us as a charity - it oversees systems, controls and processes, and how we spend public money.

Are you an expert in these areas? Click HERE for the role description and how to apply

 

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