Community Cardiology and patient choice

In a separate story we report significant problems persisting more than 5 months after the opening of the new NHS Brent GP referral adult community cardiology clinics at Willesden and Wembley Centres for Health and Care. It is important to mention the statutory right of ‘patient choice’ of hospital when patients’ GPs refer them to for investigation and treatment. We are fortunate that in London…

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Hiccups with new Brent Community Cardiology Clinics

We are sorry to say that Brent Patient Voice has discovered from personal experience that the 2 new cardiology clinics at Willesden and Wembley Centres for Health and Care which opened in March 2015 are some way from being up to scratch. One of our number, referred in June 2015 for an urgent consultation, was offered an appointment 62 days later instead of within the…

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What’s the point?

“What’s the point? They never take any notice of what we say” is a very common response when we invite people to become involved in local NHS issues. However it is not always the case, as some of us have discovered over the last two years in working through the CCG EDEN Committee and now through Brent Patient Voice. Peter Latham, a member of the…

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Farewell to EDEN and an end to support for Locality PPGs

The main reason for Brent Patient Voice coming in to being when it did was the decision of Brent CCG last December to abolish its EDEN Committee. EDEN included all 5 elected Chairs of the Locality Patient Participation Groups (LPPGs) and 8 representatives of the community who were concerned with particular area such as long term conditions, carers, younger people, the elderly and mental health.…

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Improvements to MSK and gynaecology in limbo?

Further to our earlier story “Brent CCG U-turn ?” we are sorry to say that all CCG work with partners and patients on MSK (musculoskeletal) and gynaecology outpatients services seems to have disappeared without trace. The BPV proposal that the CCG should call a roundtable of all interested parties has been rejected in an email of 11 June from Sarah German, Assistant Director for Acute…

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