Issue 43 - 18 May 2022

Health and care news from across north east London

Welcome to our public bulletin keeping local people informed about health and care services; and how you can stay well and keep safe.

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Queen’s Jubilee NHS ‘Thank You’ Day

The UK will be coming together on 3 - 5 June to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of the Queen’s service. As part of these celebrations the Together Coalition, of which the NHS is part, is celebrating the national Thank You Day on Sunday 5 June.

The day calls on people across the country to come together to celebrate the Queen for 70 years of service, and to say a great big thank you to friends, family, colleagues, communities and organisations who have worked so hard over the last 12 months and through the pandemic.

You can join in with events, and share your personal thanks with the hashtag #ThankYouDay. Find out more here.


Royal London and Mile End Hospital open days

Photo: The Royal London HospitalOn Wednesday 8 June, Barts Health NHS Trust is holding a community-wide open day at the Royal London Hospital and Mile End Hospital and everyone is welcome.

This year’s events will showcase the great work that goes on in the hospitals and will feature musical acts, competitions, information stalls and a variety of food and drink stands.



Nurses and midwives are ‘Here for Life’

Here for LifeHere for Life is a social movement for nurses and midwives to show us what they do. This includes things you might not expect and the genuine diversity of roles and people within the professions, and the huge impact nurses and midwives have on us as individuals and a society.

To find out more about what nurses and midwives do, or if you are interested in the profession, please visit the Here for Life website. Please share on social media a positive experience you’ve had with a nurse or midwife using the hashtag #hereforlife.


Blood testing service for people with learning disabilities

Photo: blood testBarking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust are running a dedicated blood testing service for people with learning disabilities aged 12 and above, at the following locations and times:

  • Raphael House (behind Victoria Hospital) Romford, RM1 4HP, Tuesdays 1.30pm to 3.45pm.

  • Hainault Health Centre, Redbridge IG7 4DF, Wednesdays 12.30pm to 3.45pm.

  • Thames View Health Centre IG11 0LH commencing every Thursday from 9 June 2022, 1.30 to 3.45pm.

This service will provide supported access to blood testing for people with a learning disability. To book a blood test with the learning disability service please call 0300 300 1351 (Monday – Friday 8am- 4pm) or use the email address:


Homerton Healthcare wants your feedback

Survey now open! Share your views to help inform our future strategy.Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are asking staff, patients and communities to be a part of shaping what the next five years will look for healthcare at its sites.

Please complete this short survey to help shape the strategy by Friday 20 May. Visit the website to find out more.


Barts Health welcomes Palestinian refugee nurses

Photo: Barts Health welcomes Palestinian refugee nursesBarts Health NHS Trust have welcomed a group of Palestinian refugee nurse support workers to The Royal London Hospital as part of a new programme to help refugees who are qualified as nurses in their home country to resume their nursing careers in the NHS in England.

The nurses will be working in the critical care unit at The Royal London Hospital. To read more about the pilot programme, visit the Barts Health website.


London Ambulance Service Patient Forum meeting

Join a public London Ambulance Service Patient Forum meeting on health and care in the community and the Covid-19 recovery programme.

The Zoom meeting will be led by Briony Sloper, Deputy Director of Health and Care in the Community, NHS England London region, and will start at 5.30pm on Monday 23 May.


NHS and Social Care Careers Day

Interested in a career in the NHS or social care? Join the NHS and Social Care Careers Day on Tuesday 24 May.

This online event is a great opportunity to meet with some of the country's top employers and learn more about the wide range of job opportunities currently available within the NHS and social care. You can attend webinars on CV writing, completing online job applications and interview skills and book in for one-to-one career advice sessions.


Get to know the symptoms of dementia

This week (16 – 22 May) is Dementia Action Week, and it’s a good time to get to know the symptoms of dementia, and encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to get support.

Graphic: It's not called getting old, it's called getting illSymptoms of dementia include memory loss, problems with language and communication, misunderstanding what is being seen, and mood changes or difficulty controlling emotions.

For more information, guidance or support, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.


Is your blood pressure too high?

It’s also World Hypertension Day this week (17 May). Hypertension means high blood pressure and increases your risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure if left untreated.

Around one third of adults in the UK have high blood pressure, but many are unaware that they have it. For more information on high blood pressure and how to treat it, visit Blood Pressure UK.

Graphic: Blood Pressure UK -- Helping you to lower your blood pressure


Updated: 19/05/2022