Worcester News Article – 31st May

At our Public Board Meeting on 20th May we discussed the areas we plan to focus on over the next two years, based on feedback we have received about local services and key themes such as the impact of Covid-19, health inequalities and digital inclusion. We also discussed the responses we received from the NHS and Worcestershire Children First to our Covid-19 Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Report. Tina Russell, interim Chief Executive of Worcestershire Children First will be attending our Summer Conference on 21st June to give a presentation about the local response to Covid-19 for children and young people and the actions they are taking in relation to the recommendations in our report. We will also be presenting our Annual Report at the conference. Information about how to join us via Zoom will be available on our website.

At the end of April, the Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust received formal confirmation from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that all remaining conditions which had been in place for both the Worcestershire Royal and Alexandra Hospital Accident and Emergency Departments have been removed. These conditions had been put in place as part of the Special Measures taken by the CQC to improve the quality of care at the Hospitals. While we welcome this news, we will continue to be involved in monitoring and ensuring patients are able to give feedback about the quality of services. Please do share with us experiences of both Accident and Emergency departments and more generally about Worcestershire Acute Hospital services.

Last week I attended the Accident and Emergency Delivery Board. While there has been a recent increase in people attending A&E, the Minor Injury Units at Kidderminster, Malvern, Bromsgrove, Evesham and Tenbury have capacity and usually shorter waiting times. People are encouraged to contact NHS 111 if they think they may need to visit A&E or a Minor Injuries Unit, as they will be able to direct you to the best and most convenient place for treatment and can book you a time slot to avoid longer waiting times.

Please visit our website for more information about our work and to share your experiences of local health and social care services in confidence – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk

Or contact info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or 01386 550264.


Jo Ringshall – HWW Chair