Read about our local engagement events and browse photos here:
Diabetes education event:
Date: 26 February 2019
Place: The Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 4BQ
Self care week
Self-care week is a national campaign when patients and health professionals join forces to raise awareness about healthy lifestyles and looking after own wellbeing. This year Self-Care Week took place between 12 and 18 November. PPGs across the borough took part by organising awareness sessions in their practices.
Practices who participated were: Mill Hill, Greenford Road, Corfton Road, Barnabas, Hillview, Lady Margaret, Eastmead, Hillcrest and Greenford Avenue PPGs. Barnabas PPG held two sessions, on 13 and 14 November.
The PPG members handed out information and material about four topics: prevention of falls, Stay well in winter campaign, cancer screening and healthy eating, including information about Diabetes and how to manage the condition.
During the sessions, PPGs discussed self-care, how people should better look after themselves and which services they found helpful.
Some of the comments were: “people rely more on their GP then trying to help themselves with simple things”, “the more we encourage people to look after themselves the better”, “antibiotics are used too much, when not really needed”, “older people very often don’t want to use walking stick, but it is a risk and could cause a fall”, “Strength and Balance programme was very useful”.
Ealing CCG would like to thank all PPGs who participated in Self-Care Week sessions and also practice staff for their support in organising and promoting the sessions among the patients.
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Awareness Week, 19-25 November 2018
Did you know that Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder?
AF is a major risk factor for stroke, which is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK.
AF Awareness Week is took place this year between 19 and 25 November. Two successful awareness events were held in Ealing to help promote the ‘Detect, Protect, Correct & Perfect’ campaign.
These events aimed to inform members of the public about AF and highlight the need for better detection and management, which reduces people’s chances of having a stroke. The AF Awareness events were a joint initiative involving Ealing CCG, LBE Public Health team, LNWUH Community Cardiology Nurses, Imperial College Health Partners, Southall Community Alliance, and volunteers from Hounslow Upbeat Heart Prevention & Patient Support Group.
Approximately 50 people had their pulse checked at the Perceval House event, and around 200 at the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Park Avenue, Southall. More than 10 people were found to potentially have AF, and were given advice and a referral note to take to their GP. Members of the local community gave really positive feedback on the Kardia devices which are used to detect potential AF, and appreciated the information given by the local Community Heart Failure Nurses who provided guidance to people on their pulse check results. The Hounslow Upbeat volunteers who came to both events worked tirelessly to test the community members and we would like to thank them in particular for giving up their time to help make the days so successful.
Further AF awareness events are being planned for the New Year.
For more information on AF and the awareness campaign, go to: http://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/aa/uk
The Volunteers Fair, Saturday 9 June
The aim of the event was to promote cervical cancer screening, equality objectives survey, Out of Hours GP Clinics and PPGs.
The Carers’ Open Day took place at Sycamore Lodge, The Carers’ Trust on Wednesday 13 June. A survey was taken for the equality objectives and Out of Hours GP Clinics.
Diabetes Integrated Care event took place in Southall Town Hall on Tuesday 12 June. At the event we promoted Cervical Cancers screening, GP Access clinics and PPGs.