Lucy Fitzgerald writes:
We at Healthwatch Hampshire, in partnership with local Healthwatch in Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight and the local NHS, have launched a survey asking the public to share their experiences and views of waiting for hospital treatments.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people having their planned hospital treatments delayed. We want to find out how this is affecting people locally and whether they would consider treatment at an alternative hospital in Winchester if it was available.
We also ask that primary carers for those who have waited also fill out the survey.
It is vital that NHS decision makers hear people’s experiences and views of waiting for planned hospital treatment. We will not publish or share anything that identifies anyone, but the information gathered will be used to help the NHS understand how it can support people who are waiting for treatment and to inform work being undertaken to reduce waiting times We are interested in good experiences as well as the not so good.
Who is this questionnaire for?
- People who are currently waiting for planned hospital treatment
- People who have had planned hospital treatment since April 2021 (i.e., not emergency treatment).
- Carers for someone who is waiting for, or has had planned hospital treatment since April 2021
The questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete and is running until 30th June 2022. You can find it here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/N1X657/
If you’d like a paper copy of this survey posted to you, or would like other support to complete the survey, please get in touch with us on 01962 440262 or email email@example.com.
We ask that you share and promote this survey amongst your networks or indeed complete it yourself if applicable. There are a range of ways you can do this such as adding an article to your website or newsletter, sharing on social media, word of mouth or inviting our officers to come to a local group. All copy and social media cards are attached to this email.
We are grateful for any support you can give us in getting this information out to as many people as possible. The more experiences we hear, the bigger our impact can be. If you have any questions on the project or anything else Healthwatch Hampshire does, you can reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call our hub 01962 440262.