Survey: Delays to health and social care during Covid-19

Healthwatch Calderdale would like to hear from people who have experienced delays to health and social care for non-Covid related conditions since March 2020. By completing this 5-10 minute survey, you can help and influence those who commission health and social care services in your area. Healthwatch want to understand how delays to your care have … Continue reading Survey: Delays to health and social care during Covid-19

Report: Access To GPs “Difficult” During Pandemic

This article is taken from the BMJ website The covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated access problems in general practice and patients have reported finding it difficult to book appointments and access treatment, a report by Healthwatch has found.1 The patients watchdog said that GPs must prioritise telling patients that they are open for face-to-face appointments wherever … Continue reading Report: Access To GPs “Difficult” During Pandemic

AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease

Article from the BMJ website Interim analysis of a phase III trial has found that the vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing severe disease and admission to hospital. The results, announced in an AstraZeneca press release, have yet to be formally peer … Continue reading AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease

At least 150,000 with learning disabilities to get vaccine sooner

At least 150,000 people with learning disabilities are to get the Coronavirus vaccine sooner than originally planned - the news was released by Public Health England yesterday (24 Feb 2021) - here's what they put out: The advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) remains that adults with severe and profound learning … Continue reading At least 150,000 with learning disabilities to get vaccine sooner

Coronavirus Vaccine – Why it’s safe? Why it was developed so quickly? And other important questions

Here's a really useful selection of detailed information on the most common concerns about the coronavirus vaccine currently being raised in local communities and which people might need reassurance about. Safety - How do we know the vaccines are safe? They have been approved by an independent body (The Medicine & Health Regulatory Authority), which … Continue reading Coronavirus Vaccine – Why it’s safe? Why it was developed so quickly? And other important questions

Additional 800,000 adults to be prioritised to receive vaccine

Published 17 February 2021 New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19. The patients identified through the risk assessment will be sent a letter from NHS England in the coming days explaining that their risk … Continue reading Additional 800,000 adults to be prioritised to receive vaccine