Private Tenants: Is Your Accommodation Good for Your Health?

We all know that our physical surroundings have a big effect on how well we feel. Reading Borough Council is consulting on standards and problems of privately rented accommodation.

Health and Social Care Coordinate in Three Regions

At a recent meeting of the South Reading Patient Voice, members heard from Berkshire Healthcare manager Fiona Slevin-Brown, how Health and Social Care are improving their coordination by working together in three regions of the South Reading CCG area. This is part of a major drive to upgrade community care and reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions.

New Local Web Site for Diabetes

The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups have created a web site resource for local diabetes sufferers and those involved in their care. Why not have a look and let them know how you feel about it?

Commissioning of RBH services for South Reading Under Way

South Reading CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) together with the 3 other commissioning groups in Berkshire West are responsible for procuring acute medical services for the local population. The detailed contract between the CCGs and the RBHFT (one of the principal local providers) is well under way and is expected to be signed off by the end of June, according to Ed Donald, chief executive of the RBH Foundation Trust, speaking at a recent RBH Council of Governors public meeting.

"Talking Health" a new Psychological Service for Long Term Sufferers

South Reading GPs can now refer patients suffering from certain long term conditions to a new psychological service - "Talking Health".

Harmoni whistle blower

The Daily Mail and The Times report (13 May) that Harmoni, the private health-care provider with £100M contracts from the NHS, uses senior nurses to cover up to quarter of a million patients for their GP out-of-hours (OOH) services when they cannot recruit GPs to do the shifts.

Dementia & Elderly Care Conference a success!

This conference, held on 14 May 2013 and jointly organised by South Reading CCG and South Reading Patient Voice, hosted 140 delegates and was judged a real success. It received a mention on BBC South TV News. ...

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