Local health and social care news


Are you looking for support over the Christmas period this year?

Who are you sharing Christmas with? The Diocese of Guildford have compiled a directory of support available over the Christmas period in Surrey and North East Hampshire. Christmas is a busy time of year, celebrating…


Local people with an interest in health services needed for paid Citizen Ambassador roles

Local people with an interest in helping health and care bosses to improve services are being urged to come forward for seven new, part-time, paid roles. Surrey’s health and care watchdog, Healthwatch Surrey, has created…


Healthwatch Surrey escalates concerns about Children and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS)

Concerns about the issues children, parents, carers and guardians are facing in getting timely access to mental health services have been escalated to councillors by the local independent watchdog for health and care. Having already…


Local independent health and care champion chosen to help citizens shape future NHS in Surrey

Local people will have the opportunity to shape the future of the NHS in Surrey thanks to new Citizen Ambassador roles being created by Healthwatch Surrey. The independent watchdog has been selected to recruit seven…


Patients face ‘distressing readmissions’

The number of patients in England being readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge has risen by nearly a quarter in the last four years, a watchdog has said. Figures compiled by Healthwatch suggest…


Hospices offering more ‘Outstanding’ care than other services regulated by CQC

Hospice care across England has the highest percentage of services rated ‘Outstanding’, according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The State of Hospice Services in England, 2014 to 2017 published during…


Public information meetings following the fire at Weybridge Community Hospital

NHS North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group is hosting two public information meetings to update local residents following the fire at Weybridge Community Hospital in July. These meetings are intended to update local residents on…


Your concerns: the future of sexual health services in Surrey

Healthwatch Surrey is completely independent of the NHS and Surrey County Council and exists to ensure that the voice of the public is heard in the way NHS and social care services are planned and…


Local health and care watchdog helps more patients to ‘Get Online’

Healthwatch Surrey is teaming up with eight GP practices across the county to help raise awareness of online GP services as part of a national campaign to help more people make the most of the…


Fostering campaign

The council needs more foster carers. If they are unable to find enough people to foster, some children may need to be placed outside of county, far from their families, friends and schools. There are…