Worcester News Article – 17th May

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have been finding out about your experiences of using local health and care services and the impact that Covid-19 has had on the way in which services have been delivered. We would like to hear from you about the impact the pandemic has had on access to NHS screening programmes.

Screening is a way of finding out if people are at higher risk of a health problem, so that early treatment and information can be offered. In addition to the routine screening offered during pregnancy and to new-born babies, there are national screening programmes for cervical cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and abdominal aortic aneurysm. More information about who should be invited for screening and when, can be found on the NHS website – www.nhs.uk

What is your experience? Have you been called for screening tests during the pandemic? Have there been any delays to screening you should have had? Has this had an impact on diagnosis or treatment? Do you have any concerns or feedback you would like to raise? If so, please do get in touch to let us know.

Last week (10th to 16th May) was Mental Health Awareness Week. We know from our recent work on Mental Health and the impact of Covid-19 what an important issue this is. The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Healthy Minds website and Facebook page has information about local support and their Now We’re Talking campaign to reduce the stigma of mental health and encourage people to seek support.

You can share your experiences of NHS screening programmes and local mental health services or report any experience of health and social care services anonymously via the Tell Us page of our website or by contacting us by phone 01386 550264 or email info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

This Thursday 20th May we will be holding our Public Board Meeting online via Zoom at 10am. Please do join us. As well as discussing our current work and planning the areas we will be focussing on over the coming year, there will be an opportunity for public participation. Agenda, joining instructions and further information is available on our website.

Visit our website for more information about our work, current surveys and Public Board Meetings – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk