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Closure of ESA Huddersfield assessment centre
Healthwatch Kirklees received written confirmation from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) that the Huddersfield Assessment Centre for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work Capability Assessments (WCA) was expected to close in June/July 2018.
We have now been told that the Huddersfield Assessment Centre has been closed from 10th September 2018.
Are there issues with changes to continuing health care funding
In the last 6 months we have heard stories from people who have had their Continuing Health Care packages changed and replaced with social care support instead. This is often for people with long term, severe illness.
Patient and carer views of respite services in Kirklees
Kirklees Council wanted to ensure that respite provision within Kirklees met the needs of service users and carers.
Care home residents and access to GP services
When Healthwatch Kirklees heard that North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had some ideas which might improve health services for care home residents, we very much wanted to be part of the engagement process, to ensure that as many people as possible could hear about the ideas and have their say on things which may affect them in future.
Problems with wheelchair provision in Kirklees
In early March 2017 we received information from patients in Kirklees and Calderdale, who had used the posture and mobility service, that they were concerned over long waiting lists and equipment which was unfit for purpose.
We also found that positive feedback was submitted to the Healthwatch Calderdale website from some patients who did not have complex or changing needs.
How can people return equipment they no longer need
During 2017, Healthwatch Kirklees repeatedly heard stories from people who were struggling to return equipment they no longer needed; things like crutches, zimmer frames and wheelchairs.
People either didn’t know where to return it or, when they tried to return it, they were often told they’d gone to the wrong place or that the service didn’t want it back.