Healthwatch Oldham - Your Health and Care Experiences Report

We have published a report which was undertaken with the aim of sharing with health and social care purchasers and providers a detailed account of the personal experiences of 26 people who use a range of health and social care services.
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They (District Nurses) let me know if I am running low on things so I can phone the doctor, they answer things on other bits of health
— survey respondent

Key Findings

Out of the 26 respondents interviewed; 15 were women, 11 men; their ages ranged between 40 to 100 years and the most common postcodes where they lived OL8 and OL4. We asked every respondent the same questions and below is a quick snapshot of their responses.

Do you consider yourself a Disabled Person?

  • 21 respondents said they were the majority citing their health condition as the reason BUT added that they did not see themselves as disabled

Most common Long-Standing Illness experienced by the 26 respondents:

  • Depression and Anxiety scored highest with 17
  • Back problems 16
  • High Blood Pressure 15
  • Arthritis and Diabetes 11 each
  • Heart Problems 10
  • Asthma/Lung condition 9

Correlation between respondents’ physical condition and their mental health:

  • High Blood Pressure and Back Pain scored the highest with 11 each
  • Diabetes and Asthma/Lung conditions came second with 7 each
Social Services they have been there for me right from the beginning, they have helped me with things and if I need anything all I have to do is speak with them and they sort me out
— survey respondent


Below is a link to download the full report:

Healthwatch Oldham Your Health and Care Experiences Report October 2017