Reading people speak up about future of NHS

More than 300 people in Reading have responded to our survey to have their say about how the NHS works for them now and any improvements they want for the future.

A big thanks to all local people who have had their say about how health services should look in the future by completing our latest survey.

More than 300 people have replied to date, as part of an exercise that all local Healthwatch are carrying out to inform the rollout of the national NHS Long Term Plan in local areas.  The online survey is closing on 30 April 2019.

You can read a selection of comments collected so far (see below). Survey findings in full will be made public in the summer.

Go to the online survey

There are no easy read letters that can be sent to us to inform us of what to expect or what to do regarding appointments.
— Person with a learning disability supported to complete the survey.
Crisis team took a month to call back even though GP called daily and was told that I would be seen within 24 hours.
— Person with mental health needs
[We need] access to affordable exercise classes and swimming pools.
— Reading resident
Should be easier and quicker to get appointment with your GP.
— Reading resident

We’d also like to thank the organisations, community groups and staff who have let us visit with our surveys or who have circulated our survey via their own professional networks or retweeted details on social media, in no particular order:

  • Reading Mencap
  • Reading Community Learning Centre
  • Balmore Park Surgery
  • Reading Walk-In Centre
  • Firtree reading Retirement Club
  • Over 50s Lunch Club, Coley
  • Minister Church
  • Southcote Grange Memory café
  • YMCA
  • Reading Older People’s Working Group
  • Reading Voluntary Action
  • Age UK Reading
  • Michelle Berry, neighbourhood coordinator, Reading Borough Council
  • Mark Dibben, Compass Recovery College
  • Natasha Roxborough, Reading Primary Care Alliance
  • James Nowecki, Launchpad Reading
  • North and West Reading Patient Voice Group
  • Sarah Hunneman, neighbourhood facilitator, Reading Borough Council
  • Tina Nash, Catalyst Housing
  • Shirley Anstis, counsellor
  • Victoria Parker and Cathy Winfield, Berkshire West CCG and ICS
  • Reva Stewart, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ryan Sheehan, LGBT officer
  • James Penn, South Reading Patient Voice
  • Pharmacy Thames Valley
  • Elevate Berkshire
  • Kirsty Wilson, Connect Reading