Thursday, 17 January 2019

Inspector Praises Health And Care Services In Reading

Reproduced from the Reading Chronicle - original story in full here

By Luke Adams Senior Reporter

Inspector review of health services in Reading full of praise

Representatives of the CQC, NHS and Reading Council meet to discuss review findings

A REVIEW of the town's health and social care system has praised the quality and compassionate nature of 'dedicated' staff.

The health watchdog carried out a review of the service, starting towards the end of October, which focussed on the needs of older residents.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors looked at Reading Borough Council, hospitals, the ambulance service, community health services, GP practices, care homes and home care agencies during the five-day scrutiny.

Councillor Tony Jones, lead member for Adult Social Care, said: "Overall, this is a very good report for Reading, which recognises our positive work and highlights examples of good practice, as well as providing constructive feedback on the way forward where gaps have been identified." 

Inspectors examined whether Reading was well-led and the effectiveness of commissioning and delivering services.

Cathy Winfield, chief officer of Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “One of the key challenges facing the NHS is the provision of care for our ageing population, so it is pleasing to see this CQC review has recognised the good quality and compassionate care we provide for older people.

“There are many factors involved when helping older people, their families and carers navigate the health and social care system at a time when they are all feeling rather vulnerable.

“We are now looking at what more can be done to further improve things and create renewed opportunities for joint working, so we can address the areas the CQC inspectors feel need more attention.”

The report identified many areas of good practices across the board. People in Reading are much less likely to be kept in hospital when they are ready to leave, compared to other similar areas of the country."

Monday, 14 January 2019

Palmer Park Community Pool - Public Exhibition, Tuesday 15th January


Further to the blog post reproduced below (from 17th December 2019) just a reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday) will see the Public Exhibition in Palmer Park stadium as part of the on-going public consultation on the development of the new community pool in the park.
Reading council officers will be on hand between 3pm and 8pm to answer questions regarding the planning impact of a proposed development. 
This does not cover the detailed design of a new pool.
The deadline for written submissions is 22nd February 2019 (more details below)

Originally posted on Monday, 17 December 2019

Consultation on Palmer Park Community Pool

Reading Council has opened a consultation on the draft Palmer Park Development Framework. 

The main purpose of the framework is to provide a master plan for the area, showing options for how a pool could be accommodated on site, whilst recognising the park’s history and its vital role as an open space serving the local community.

The consultation takes place between 14th December 2018 and 22nd February 2019. The Council is now seeking your views on the proposals set out in the document. Comments will be taken into account in drawing up a final version.

Relevant information is provided at  Copies of the Draft Palmer Park Development Framework are also available to view during normal opening hours at Central Library, Palmer Park Library and the Civic Offices in Bridge Street.

An exhibition will be held at Palmer Park Stadium (Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF) between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday 15th January 2019. This will provide an opportunity to speak with members of the team in an informal setting. There is no need to let the council know if you wish to attend beforehand.

All written responses should be sent to or Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU. Please provide written responses to the consultation by 5 p.m. on 22nd February 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Redlands Public Surgery Today

Councilllors David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones hold public surgeries for residents in Redlands all the year round.

"Just Walk In" surgeries are held on the second Saturday of every month, alternately at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road and at the Hexham Road Community Centre. 

Surgery hours are 10.30am until noon.

No appointment is necessary, and all discussions are confidential.

Today's surgery is at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road.

We also undertake regular "street surgeries" on most other Saturdays in the year. This is where we deliver notices to you a day or two beforehand, then on the following Saturday morning, if you want to see us you all  you have to do is put up the "Please Call In" notice in your window.