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Healthwatch Devon logoHealthwatch Devon is the independent champion for health and social care services across Devon. We are part of a national network of Local Healthwatch that was set up under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

It's our job to listen to your experiences of using health and care services - both good and bad, and share these with those who have the power to make change happen.

What you are telling us...

Share your experience here

Public Reminder

We are now in the period of time before an election when public authorities are limited in what they can do. With that in mind you may see limited published activities or outgoing communications from us here at Healthwatch in the run up to the General Election on 4th July. Therefore our key publications will be postponed until after the election. This includes our latest Annual Report, which is usually released by the end of June. It will now be released on Friday 5th July.

Rest assured though we remain able to listen to the public’s views on their care and to raise concerns. We are still committed to hearing your feedback on the local health and care services you are using. You can do this by rating your experience by clicking here or getting in touch with our contact centre for free on 0800 520 0640.

Find out more on our website
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Who are Healthwatch - BSL Video

Our national partners, Healthwatch England, have recently released new British Sign Language (BSL) videos explaining who Healthwatch are and what we do.

Healthwatch are your local independent healthcare champions. We make sure NHS leader and other decision makers use your feedback to improve care.

No matter how small the issue, or if something went well or if something could be improved, we want to hear your story.

Find out more about who we are and what we do here

Passionate about health and social care?

Healthwatch Devon volunteers play a vital role in helping to ensure that we gather the issues that matter to help improve local health and social care services for our local community.

By Volunteering with us you can:

  • Talk to local people about their experiences of using local services

  • Sit on our Steering Group

  • Take part in 'Enter and View' visits

  • Attend various community and engagement events

  • And much more...

Why volunteer for us? By becoming a Healthwatch volunteer you'll:

  • Meet new people and find out their experiences

  • Have fun volunteering while helping to improve health and social care services

  • Build your confidence

  • Gain new skills and boost your CV

  • Get full training and support from us

Click here for more details on volunteering with us

Healthwatch Quarterly Impact Report

Have you seen our most recent Quarterly Impact report?!

This report details our key activities for the last quarter, including how we have engaged with the public, a summary of the feedback we have collected, our reports, recommendations and any outcomes or impact made.

Find out what impact we've made in your local community here

It's Carers Week 2024

This week is Carers Week and this year's theme is 'Putting Carers on the map.'

This is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

This year's theme is about making sure that the voices of unpaid carers are heard by politicians, employers, service providers, educational establishments, journalists and throughout our communities.

Find out what events and activities are happening this week near you here

Click here to find out more about Carers Week

Sign up to give blood or plasma!

It's currently National Blood Week!

Every minute, the NHS needs 3 lifesaving blood donations - everything from emergency surgery, to the precious blood that keeps people with sickle cell healthy.

There are 13,000 appointments available at Donor Centres across the country, this week.

The NHS are urgently asking O positive and O negative donors to sign up and make a donation. O negative can be given to anyone in emergencies, and O positive is blood type most commonly requested by hospitals.

Find out more about giving blood here

Get your seasonal COVID-19 booster vaccination

The spring COVID-19 booster is now available to those who:

  • Are aged 75 years and over

  • Live in care homes

  • Those aged six months and over with a weakened immune system.

You will be invited for your booster, your GP may offer you the vaccine or you can book using the national booking system on the NHS until June 30th.

You can also find your nearest walk-in vaccination site using this vaccination calendar from the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Book a COVID-19 vaccination here

Loneliness. It's a part of life.
Let's talk about it.

Loneliness Awareness Week, 10th -16th June, is a week dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness. It's all about creating supportive communities by having open, honest conversations. Loneliness is a natural human emotion - we are hardwired to need social connections. By talking about it, we can support ourselves and others.

If you are feeling lonely, or know someone else who is, there are plenty of simple, affordable actions you can take, such as:

  • Going for a walk with someone;

  • Inviting someone out for a coffee and a chat

  • Going along to a gym class or playing in a sports team

  • Reaching out to those around you so you can both feel the benefits of social connection

Find more support and advice on the Better Health - Every Mind Matters Loneliness webpage here

Junior Doctor national industrial action – June 2024

The British Medical Association (BMA) is taking strike action involving junior doctors at a number of NHS trusts, including the Royal Devon from 7am Thursday 27 June to 7am Tuesday 2 July.

Appointments - Please don’t call to check if your appointment is going ahead. The NHS will be in touch with you directly if they need to rearrange your appointment. Continue to come forward for the care you need.

Remember, if you have a medical problem that is not critical or life threatening please visit your local pharmacy or GP for advice or you can go to the minor injury units and walk in centre.

If you have an urgent medical problem that isn’t an emergency and aren’t sure what to do, contact 111 first by phone or online – they will provide medical advice and direct you to the best care for your needs.

Find out more here

Cost of living statement by SignHealth

SignHealth are a passionate and caring Deaf-led team working towards a future where there are no barriers to good health and wellbeing for Deaf people, they partner with the NHS and service providers across the country.

Get regular updates from SignHealth here

Your feedback matters

Share your experience of a local service by clicking here
If you would like to share your story of using local health and social care services in a more general way please click here to fill out our ‘Have Your Say’ form.

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