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Find out how Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire can help you by watching this video

Our aim is to improve health and social care services in Central Bedfordshire.

HW-ItStartsWithYou_LogoTo do this we need your feedback about local GP surgeries, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies, opticians, social care, emergency care and community based health teams. With this, we are able to inform, liaise, influence and, if necessary, challenge decisions and plans.

For all of this, we need your help!

Please help us by sharing your experiences of all or any of these services by clicking on the button below.

Tell us when things are going well and when they’re not, so we can do something about it.

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Read our Summer NewsletterSummer Newsletter 2018

Download the latest edition of our newsletter. Highlights include:

• Details from our Annual Report
• Findings from our Circle MSK services survey
• Future projects
• Results from our recent snapshot survey

& much more…

Download your copy by clicking HERE

Save the Date! Festival for Older People 2018

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The Festival for Older People 2018 will take place at The Rufus Centre, Flitwick on Friday 5th October between 10 -2pm. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions’.

As well as being a fun and social event, this will be an opportunity for older people to get information about health, social care and housing services and how to access them. There will be exhibitors from many statutory and voluntary organisations and local groups offering advice and information about local services for older people such as social care, health, housing, leisure activities, holistic services and much more. There will also be a series of arts and craft stands with items for sale.

Please help us to promote this great event. Download our poster & display on your noticeboard at work, ask your local shop to pop one in their window or simply tell your elderly neighbours about the festival. Click HERE to download our poster.

Last year’s event had a record number of visitors so it’s sure to be a popular day out. Make sure to pop the date in your diary!

Maternity & Mental Health Survey

Newborn babyDid you know? As many as 1 in 5 pregnant women and new mums experience some form of mental health challenge. Partners can also be affected, with one charity estimating that 1 in 3 new dads are concerned about their mental health.

Why we want your views. The NHS is spending more money on maternal mental health support but Healthwatch England want to know if this is making a difference. They want to know whether services are doing everything they can to support people with mental health challenges during or after pregnancy to ensure the whole family is supported. If you are, or are the partner of someone planning to get pregnant, are pregnant or have given birth in the last three years you can help by sharing your experience or encouraging anyone you know who might be affected to complete their short survey.

Click HERE to take part in the survey.

Work for an organisation that supports expecting and new parents?

Healthwatch England also want to understand more about your views of existing maternity mental health support. Take five minutes to answer their short survey.

Click HERE to take part in the stakeholder survey.

National Award Nominee

awardHealthwatch Central Bedfordshire has been shortlisted for the annual Healthwatch network awards 2018!

The ‘JUST ASK’ project has been nominated for an award in the ‘Giving people the advice and information they need’ categoryEnsuring communities get the advice and information they need to make decisions about their wellbeing, care and the services that support them.

The overall winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at the Healthwatch conference in October 2018. Wish us luck!

Click HERE to find out more about the awards and the other nominees.

We’re on the road with ‘Just Ask’ 2018!

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Our last ‘JUST ASK’ roadshow event we will be at Morrisons Supermarket, Houghton Regis between 9am – 1.30pm.
Come along and find out more about health, social care, housing and other services available in your area. And share your experiences of the health & social care services in your area.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  1. Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group AGM

    Thursday, 20, September 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
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    Tuesday, 25, September 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Recent Feedback

2/5
Gamlingay Medical Centre

3 weeks waiting time to get a GP appointment. 3 – 6 weeks for blood to be taken. 4 – 6 weeks for a physio appointment.

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Gamlingay
* Your overall rating Score:
2
1/5
Leighton Road Surgery

I recently moved here and I don’t think they provide a good service. You call to see your Dr and you can never get an appointment. The front desk aren’t qualified to be telling me I don’t need a Docto

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Leighton Buzzard
* Your overall rating Score:
1
1/5
West street surgery

A serious complaint has not been dealt with for over 5 weeks despite the acknowledgement stating 14 days. Two e mails to chase a reply have been ignored.

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Dunstable
* Your overall rating Score:
1
5/5
Toddington Medical Centre

I was taken ill & had to get an emergency appointment at my surgery, Toddington Medical Centre. I arrived at 14.45 & was seen within 5 mins. My GP said I needed a chest xray. He sent this elec

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Toddington
* Your overall rating Score:
5
5/5
Bedford Hospital

My rheumatology consultant Sarah Rae & her PA Caroline Hills have been amazingly supportive over a 10 year period. She saw me through two periods of almost total disability

Where do you live? (Town/City):
biggleswade
* Your overall rating Score:
5
2/5
Gamlingay Medical Centre

It seems strange that the surgery is NHS funded by Bedfordshire Health Authority, so we do not have choice where we go – it has to be a Bedford hospital. So no longer patient choice or continuity of

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Gamlingay
* Your overall rating Score:
2
5/5
Gamlingay Medical Centre

Praise – immediate referral after MRI & Ultrasound to cancer services within 4 weeks. GP moved very swiftly.

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Gamlingay
* Your overall rating Score:
5
3/5
Gamlingay Medical Centre

Length of time I had to wait to get an appointment. Had to wait 2 weeks to see a nurse.

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Gamlingay
* Your overall rating Score:
3