E-Bulletin - February 2022




Healthwatch Merton, along with all the other Healthwatches across South West London, have gathered insights from residents who are experiencing/experienced Post COVID syndrome (Long COVID). 


We received 52 responses and collectively across South West London there has been feedback from over 300 people.


To view our Long COVID Snapshot report please Click Here


Have your Say



Clear, understandable information is important to help you make decisions about your health and care and get the most out of services.


Since 2016, the Accessible Information Standard has given disabled people and people with a sensory loss the legal right to get health and social care information they can understand and communications support if they need it. But, is the standard being delivered by services and does it go far enough?


For more information and to find out more, please Click Here

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust - is developing a Digital Strategy for the next five years to support the ambitious five-year strategy.


To help shape their Digital Strategy, they want to hear from patients and local people.


The questionnaire is anonymous and will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. 

It closes on Sunday 27th February 2022 and to take part, please Click Here

The South West London Health and Care Partnership - is designing a new website. They want to make sure it's easy to use, and that people can find what they're looking for. Help them create the new website by completing this short survey. 


The survey will take about 5 minutes. At the end you'll have the option to enter a prize draw to win £100 of shopping vouchers.  To take part, please Click Here


If you need this survey in a different format or language, please email s.ridge1@nhs.net

PANORAMIC - is a national priority trial investigating COVID-19 treatments for people aged 18 or over with current COVID-19 symptoms. For more information, please Click Here


Looking After Yourselves - services, courses, things to do and more


Interested in Working in Primary Care?Thursday 31st March, 6pm-8pm

The 2 hour virtual online session is for people who are interested finding out more about the range of roles currently available (e.g, Care Coordinators, Health & Wellbeing Coaches, Trainee Nurse Associate and Social Prescribing Link Workers)


To find out more and book on, please Click Here

Financial Wellbeing FREE online workshop - Monday 7th March, 11am-1.30pm

A friendly, safe space to discuss and ask questions about managing financial stress, mental health and wellbeing.


The workshop is delivered by the Wellbeing Team at Merton Uplift and Social Prescribing Merton

For more information and to book on, please Click Here

St John Ambulance - are delivering FREE online first aid awareness raising sessions open to the public.  The next 2 sessions are on:-

  • Tuesday 22nd March - Emergency First Aid - 7pm - 8:30pm
  • Thursday 24th March- Everyday First Aid - 7pm -8:30pm

To find out what is covered and how to join, please contact Rebecca.Haberfield@sja.org.uk 

Health & Wellbeing Day - 15 March 2022, 10am – 4pm

Event for those experiencing homelessness or seeking asylum in South West London.  


For more information, please Click Here

Looking for an NHS dentist? The NHS website gives information about availability of NHS dental treatment. It may be possible to find a dentist within reasonable travelling distance if there isn't one accepting new patients in your immediate area.


You do NOT have to be a resident in a particular area or borough to attend a dental practice there. For more information Click Here


Can help to connect you to the support you need in your community.


If you, or someone you know, needs help please email help@mertoncommunityhub.org.uk or call 0208 066 4086, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. For more info Click Here


COVID 19 Updates and Other News


COVID-19 Vaccine - All individuals aged 12 and over eligible for a 1st or 2nd dose and all adults aged 16 and over wanting to book for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd dose or booster dose of the COVID-19 Vaccination are able to book an appointment by calling 119 or Click Here


You can book an appointment or walk in at your convenience to participating sites where walk in is available. For further information, please Click Here 

Latest COVID-19 information: on the Merton Council website, please Click Here

Simple yet transformative – how social prescribing improves lives while taking the pressure off GPs. To read the article, please Click Here

New research shows - that many NHS trusts are not meeting their legal duty to help people with additional communication needs.


People who are blind, deaf or have a learning disability are increasingly being failed by health services that aren’t meeting their communication needs, new research shows.


The failure puts services in breach of their duty under the Accessible Information Standard, a legal requirement created by NHS England in 2016. To read more, please Click Here




www.healthwatchmerton.co.uk for information about what we do. 

  Registered office:

Vestry Hall
London Road
Merton, CR4 3UD
United Kingdom

  Healthwatch Merton Tel:  020 8685 2282 email: info@healthwatchmerton.co.uk

  Healthwatch Merton contract is managed by Merton Connected. Merton Connected is the trading name of Merton Voluntary Service Council

 (MVSC), a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4164949, registered in England and Wales and a Registered Charity number 1085867.

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