Chill and Chat Dementia Cafe


The café offers people who are affected by Dementia including their carers, a chance to relax, socialise and meet new people who really understand. First Tuesday of every month starting 1st March, 1pm to 3pm at Kingsway, Blackburn. Find further information here



Local NHS trust is not consistently meeting the legal rights of deaf and blind patients to accessible information. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS trust is not fully meeting their legal duty to help people with additional communication needs, new FOI findings show. Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen h...



Your care, your way – Join Healthwatch’s new campaign Clear, understandable information is important to help you make the right health and care decisions. Join our campaign and have your say on what needs to change. Medical and healthcare information can be complex. But, if you’re disabled or have a...

Help Us Keep You Well This Winter


Cold weather can make some health problems worse, especially for those aged 65 and over, or if you have a long-term health condition such as heart or kidney disease, COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, or diabetes. Even for those in full health, winter can bring with it coughs, colds, and flu bugs....

Moving from Child to Adult Healthcare Services.


Our local primary healthcare providers are taking part in a piece of work to help to see where care can be made better for future young people moving from child to adult healthcare services. The organisation collecting the data is called NCEPOD.  NCEPOD is a national organisation that uses data to h...

Winter newsletter


I hope this newsletter finds you well during these continuing uncertain times. We’re pleased to share updates with you on what the team have been busy with over the last few months and we are keen to learn from you what you see as the health and social care priorities we should focus on next year. H...

Autumn newsletter


I’m really pleased to introduce you to two new members of the team and share updates on our current projects now that we are getting back to some kind of normal! We are also looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Projects Officer to join the team as well as volunteers to support our work across t...

National Patient Safety Award


A unique partnership collaboration in Pennine Lancashire between East Lancashire CCG Medicines Management Team, local GPs, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Lancashire County Council, and Inspire (substance misuse service) has won a National Patient Safety Award at the PresQIPP National Conference...

CQC takes action to protect people at Longfield Residential Home – MD in Blackburn


CQC takes action to protect people at Longfield Residential Home – MD in Blackburn The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has placed Longfield Residential Home – MD in Blackburn, in special measures and told them to make urgent improvements following an inspection in August. CQC carried out t...

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen has launched a study into the long-term effects of Covid


Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen has launched a study into the long-term effects of Covid If you have had prolonged symptoms following a viral infection over the past year – and these symptoms have lasted more than 12 weeks – then Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen would like to hear from you....

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