Were you at Queen’s Park Day?

BPV  made one of its rare non-virtual appearances  at Queen’s Park Day on Sunday 13th September. On a mostly sunny day thousands of people enjoyed exciting performances, shows and stalls. We used our stall to show the flag and had some interesting conversations with local partners, even if the Great British Public’s mind was on other things. Not many people had time to fill in…

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The AGM that never was

On 2 September 2015 the Brent CCG held what it hoped would be its Annual General Meeting for 2014/2015. Only it wasn’t. As everyone who has belonged to an organisation knows, be it the mighty National Trust or a humble residents’ association, when you have an AGM you have to follow your constitution.   Unfortunately the CCG did not do this in spite of warnings…

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Cardiology Clinics: patient experience wanted

If you have used or tried to use one of the new Community Cardiology clinics which have been operating at the Willesden and Wembley Centres for Health & Care since the beginning of March we would like to hear from you. The background to our interest is explained in the separate blog on this Home Page. Today we sent the following letter to our local…

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Welcome to Healthwatch Brent Mark II

Brent Patient Voice (BPV) extends a warm welcome to Healthwatch Brent(HWB) in its new incarnation. Some of our members attended the Healthwatch Brent public meeting on 1st October (details below). We are pleased that although HWB is under new management there are familiar faces among the staff. Ian Niven, formerly Co-ordinator, is now Head of Healthwatch Brent and will be its public face. All operations…

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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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Stilettos and hatchets at the Civic Centre

Those who attended the Mansfield Healthcare Commission hearings at the Brent Civic Centre on 9 May were not searched for weapons on entry. However it came as a big surprise when Dr Hirst, a member of the Enquiry panel, described written evidence from 4 PPG Chairs and, separately, from Gaynor Lloyd and Keith Perrin as being like a stiletto and hatchet respectively being driven into…

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