On the 5th of July this year, the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday. To honour this achievement Healthwatch have launched the #ItStartsWithYou campaign. Healthwatch is an independent organisation set on ensuring UK citizens get the best health care. The #ItStartsWithYou campaign is trying to encourage more people to tell them what they think and help make care better for them, their families and their communities. Healthwatch has gathered testimonials from across the country about people’s best health care experiences and those centres with the best responses have been shortlisted for the NHS 70 award.

One of the centres to have been shortlisted by Healthwatch is the Peartree Medical centre in Derby. The GP surgery was nominated for the award due to the brilliant services provided by the practice during the winter period. The dedicated team at the surgery rang vulnerable patients to make sure that they were able to cope with the cold weather. They have also been working with the hospital to ensure diabetic patients get tailored care, by giving advice and information about living with Diabetes during times like Ramadan.

Councillor Webb said:

WE ARE REALLY PLEASED THAT THIS BRILLIANT STANDARD OF HEALTHCARE IS BEING RECOGNISED BY THIS AWARD AND WE HOPE THAT WE CAN ENCOURAGE THIS STANDARD OF EXCELLENT SERVICE AS COMMON PRACTICE ACROSS DERBY.”

If you want to learn more about Healthwatch in Derby or share your own experiences with the NHS you can do so on their website.