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

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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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Life in Lockdown

We are all in an unknown situation, with advice and guidance changing daily. It is our individual responsibility to keep ourselves up to date with the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS, which we endeavour to share on our Coronvirus (Covid-19) pages.

During this period of lockdown, some of our volunteers and members of the community have shared their experiences.

  • Read how Safa, an A Level student, is facing the struggles associated with studying at this time
  • How Susan, one of our older volunteers, has introduced a new routine
  • How Ellie has experienced living in a multi-generational household with vulnerable people
  • How Matthew’s family needed the help of NHS 111
  • How Keira is questioning what will happen to GSCE’s in 2021 .

All of these stories, and many more, are on our Blog page.

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Just Ask in Lockdown

This is the time we would have been on the road for our outreach programme, ‘Just Ask 2020’. Talking to the community, providing information, advice and guidance about local social care, health, housing and additional services.

We still want to hear from you during lockdown:

  • use our feedback centre to tell us about your experience of health and social care
  • complete our short survey above, on the affects of Covid-19
  • read our special edition of our newsletter to hear more about what we are doing during lockdown

Giving children and Young People a voice

Care Home Penpal ProjectReaching out to Care Home residents

During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, some of our young volunteers thought it would be a good idea to reach out to care home residents by writing letters and becoming pen pals.

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Like to learn more about Young Healthwatch?

If you are under 25, why not consider becoming a member of Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire? Get in touch for more information.

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Recent Feedback

5/5
The Highlands surgery

Dr Shergill – wonderfully thorough and a fantastic listener

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Flitwick
* Your Overall Rating Score:
5
5/5
Dr Middleton Cons Psych Crombie House CMHT

First contact with MH service and I was frightened. I was seen within 10 days of referral by Dr Middleton who was simply amazing. I have had a number of appointments following a significant MH diagnos

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Leighton Buzzard
* Your Overall Rating Score:
5
1/5
Amthill CMHT Meadow Lodge

I saw an appalling Psychiatrist at Meadow Lodge . She was arrogant rude and dismissive and made me feel very uncomfortable. Trivialized my illness then wrote a ridiculous dubious , false , lying inacc

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Ampthill
* Your Overall Rating Score:
1
5/5
111 phone service

Had an ear infection last week. Seen by local GP on Wed 11 Mar and no infection was showing. By Saturday morning my ear was extremely painful. I rang 111 and after their consultation they booked an ap

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Shefford
* Your Overall Rating Score:
5
1/5
Luton and Dunstable Hospital

The way my 83 year old father was treated in Luton & Dunstable hospital was appalling. We had to fight to get him treated by a cardiologist, he was left for three days without any treatment for pn

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* Your Overall Rating Score:
1
3/5
Bedford Hospital A&E

A&E is usually better than our experience last Tuesday pm. The wait for blood tests was over 5 hours, the last hour of which was on a chair in the AAU effectively bed blocking because there was no

Where do you live? (Town/City):
Clophill
* Your Overall Rating Score:
3
1/5
Luton and Dunstable Hospital

The doctors in A & E knowingly send people that are genuinely ill home to meet targets. The patients symptoms get worse & then have to return to A & E. This happened to my father repeatedl

Where do you live? (Town/City):
BARTON-LE-CLAY
* Your Overall Rating Score:
1
1/5
Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Double cataract surgery..wrong prescription in both eyes still trying to fix 18 months later…pals are useless and ophthalmology as a department are horrendous…always over booked, hours waiting and

Where do you live? (Town/City):
LEIGHTON BUZZARD
* Your Overall Rating Score:
1