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  • Review of Duty of Candour: Implications for Barking and Dagenham

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/05/2024 in Blogs

    Last week, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched a review into the implementation of the duty of candour in health and social care settings, sparking discussions nationwide. What is the Duty of Candour? The Duty of Candour mandates healthcare providers to be transparent and forthcoming when things...

  • Where are the available slots for blood testing in Barking and Dagenham?

    Posted by AgnePilkauskiene on 06/12/2023 in Blogs

    The way blood testing services can be accessed changed during the COVID-19 epidemic and since then there are no walk-in services available for Barking and Dagenham, Havering or Redbridge patients – all blood test appointments must be booked in advance. There aren't many long queues at the blood testing clinics,...

  • Prioritising Sexual Health: Importance of sexual health and a guide to resources and support in Barking and Dagenham

    Posted by Ruby on 04/10/2023 in Blogs

    Sexual health is an essential aspect of overall well-being that often goes overlooked or stigmatised. However, taking care of your sexual health is just as important as looking after your physical and mental health. In Barking and Dagenham, there are numerous resources and support systems available to help you in...

  • World Alzheimer’s Month

    Posted by AgnePilkauskiene on 15/09/2023 in Blogs

    On 21 st September we will observe World Alzheimer's Day as part of World Alzheimer's Month. The purpose of World Alzheimer's Month is to raise awareness and educate about dementia as well as support individuals affected by it along with their families. This year’s theme is “Know Alzheimer’s, Know Dementia”...

  • Understanding the symptoms of Cavernoma and find the support

    Posted by Ruby on 15/08/2023 in Blogs

    Cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, typically found in the brain and spinal cord. Walls of these blood vessels are abnormally leaky, making them vulnerable to bleeding. They are sometimes known as cavernous angiomas, cavernous haemangiomas, or cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). [1] Research suggested that one person in...

  • High Blood Pressure – What causes it & how to tackle it?

    Posted by AgnePilkauskiene on 02/08/2023 in Blogs

    *** This blog was written by a work experience student and edited by the Healthwatch team*** The NHS listed that [ [1] ]lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, stress, poor diet etc. can increase the risk of getting high blood pressure (hypertension) in the UK. Interestingly, even though all these factors...

  • Removing obstacles to GP registration. Information and signposting case study.

    Posted by AgnePilkauskiene on 24/07/2023 in Blogs

    Residents in Barking and Dagenham have called Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham several times to stress how difficult it is for them to register with a local GP practice. They had problems with requests for various documentation to confirm their identification and addresses. They were advised that the paperwork they gave...

  • Sugar isn’t more precious than your life! Diabetes in a nutshell.

    Posted by AgnePilkauskiene on 08/06/2023 in Blogs

    This Diabetes Awareness week, Healthwatch Barking and Dagenham wants to spread awareness of the condition and encourage residents to share their experiences of living with diabetes. Did you know that there are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2? Unfortunately, all types of diabetes cause people to...

  • The 4 common types of dementia and their symptoms, and where to get support.

    Posted by Ruby on 07/06/2023 in Blogs

    Please note this blog was written by a Healthwatch work experince student and edited by the Healthwatch Team. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are around 900,000 people in the United Kingdom suffering from dementia. [1] This neurological condition does not only affect people’s memories but also impairs their cognitive...

  • Trouble sleeping? Understand sleep problems and improve your sleep.

    Posted by Ruby on 26/04/2023 in Blogs

    Nationally people are reporting either not having enough sleep or not sleeping at all. For example, 67% of UK adults have disrupted sleep and 31% reported that they have insomnia. [1] We took a quick look at what studies are telling us, Direct Line group [2] found that 14% of...

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