We want to hear about your care

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - GRA­HAM HAWKES Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Health­watch Hilling­don 20 Che­quers Square The Pavil­ions Shop­ping Cen­tre Uxbridge NAME WITH­HELD

HAV­ING read Bar­bara Fisher’s col­umn (Gazette, April 15), I was very sorry to hear of her fam­ily’s re­cent NHS ex­pe­ri­ence, but pleased to note the ex­cel­lent care re­ceived at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal.

Health­watch Hilling­don is a health and so­cial care watch­dog, in­de­pen­dent of the NHS and the Coun­cil.

One of our roles is to gather the ex­pe­ri­ences of our res­i­dents and those who use Hilling­don’s health and so­cial care ser­vices and use the ev­i­dence we have gath­ered to im­prove ser­vices for lo­cal peo­ple.

We are very keen to hear from res­i­dents of their ex­pe­ri­ences of any care they re­ceive from the NHS or so­cial care, whether that be in hos­pi­tal, clinic, care home, GP, NHS 111 or sim­i­lar ser­vice and would ask if you would be happy for us to record your ex­pe­ri­ence.

Cur­rently we are pre­par­ing to send ev­i­dence to the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion (CQC), for the pending in­spec­tion of the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice NHS Trust (LAS) on the 1 June.

I would like to re­quest in­for­ma­tion from res­i­dents on their re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences of LAS. I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing your thoughts.

As­phalt is a petroleum hy­dro­car­bon and gives off car­bon monox­ide, ni­tro­gen ox­ides, sul­phur, volatile or­ganic com­pounds, pol­yaro­matic hy­dro­car­bons etc. Th­ese can cause lung ir­ri­ta­tion and nau­sea etc.

Ben­zene is also given off, which is a known can­cer-causer, that can af­fect those who work with as­phalt and ben­zene.

I went to Ruis­lip High Street a cou­ple of weeks ago and it was the same then, and did not seem to have pro­gressed very much, so the work may last for a quite a while.

I ap­pre­ci­ate that this work is for the ben­e­fit of the area and I’m glad it’s be­ing done, to get rid of pot­holes and re­new the dam­aged road sur­face. It will be an im­prove­ment.

How­ever, I can’t help be­ing a lit­tle con­cerned about the staff who work in the shops which are just a few

me­tres away from the as­phalt­ing work. It’s good to be aware of pos­si­ble ef­fects and per­haps sim­ple masks could help a lit­tle?


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