EEHNs 2017 Health fair at the Idea Store Whitechapel was a huge success with over 400 patients and local residents attending and taking up services from a wide range of Tower Hamlets CVS organisations. There were activities and information stalls Health Watch, Compass Wellbeing, Diabetes Education Centre covering preparing for Ramadan and many others. The smoothie cycle created a buzz by enticing members of the public in for a free smoothie, they had to ride the cycle in order for the blender to work. Our free health check stalls run by network Nurse and HCA along with the Osmani Trust Health Trainer’s TANITA readings which measured body composition, which proved extremely popular with very long queues. Another big attraction was the massage corner where patients found themselves in a quite area relaxing with a professional head, shoulder and back massage. The Networks Social Prescribing service was also officially launched by Dr Anwara Ali, Chairperson of EEHN, she also presented prizes to the lucky winners of the EEHN raffle prizes, patients from Albion and Blithehale were among the lucky winners who won fantastic healthy eating prizes. Due to the overwhelming success of the event EEHN is already planning its next Health Fair which it hopes will be bigger and better.
See article: eastlondonnews.co.uk/eehn-fair-raises-health-awareness/
NHS England have partnered with Reed momenta to provide a service which enables patients with a high risk of type 2 Diabetes to be able to better manage their health and lifestyle. The service is called Healthier You and is part of NHS England’s national diabetes prevention programme. The East End Health Network has been promoting this free service to its local community and has seen a massive response from patients. East End Health Network has referred many patients to this service which includes benefits such as free leisure centre membership and subscription to Slimming World. This is an ongoing project and patients are encouraged to attend 18 group sessions across 9 months.
Further information on this project can be found below or on www.eehn.co.uk/ndpp
East End Health Network’s (EEHN) Cancer Awareness Event was held at the Spitalfeilds Practices on Wednesday 17 June. As patients came in to the practice for their appointments our Cancer advisers were on hand to have a quick chat with the patients to ask if they’ve been screened and the importance of getting screened for a whole range of cancer diseases. The Network team provided light refreshments and encouraged patients to engage with the Cancer advisers, the day was a huge success with a good turnout.
We also had a lot of participation from cancer charity groups such as Beating bowel cancer, Bowel Cancer UK & Breast cancer care and they all provided the East End Health Network with useful publication explaining in detail about Cancer causes, symptoms and treatments.
EEHN's aims to empower people with health information to assist in detecting cancer early and to encourage cancer screening as well as providing information about support services available. The guiding principle is around early intervention & prevention with the aim to promote health checks and create awareness about long term conditions.
Network 2 participated in the Faith Leaders Event held on the 2nd of September 2014 at the London Muslim Centre (LMC) in Whitechapel as part of the Last Years of Life Project organised by Public Health Service and LMC.
Network 2 held a workshop at the event to raise awareness about NHS Health Check. Mini presentations were done by a Practice Health Care Assistant and Network Staff in front of small groups of Imams. This gave the Imams the opporuntiy to engage with the Network and to also ask questions. The workshop was very successful, roughly 50-60 imams attended and also got positive feedback from Public Health Service and the LMC organisers.
The East End Health Network took part at the Diabetic Awareness Week by holding a stall at the Whitechapel Idea Store on Monday 9th June 2014. The Network Team engaged with the local residance to raise awareness about Diabetes. The event was a great success as it allowed the residance to seek advice from our Diabetic Nurse.
On Thursday 5th June 2014 local patients and Health Professional from Tower Hamlet practices marched through the borough to protest the loss of Minimum Practice Income Guarantee Funding to the surgeries. This funding is used to top up the practices core funding to match their basic income levels. The march started from St Katherine's Dock Practice at 2:30pm and ended at Kingsley Hal at Bow at 6pm.
Local public also joined the march along the way especially when passing surgeries under threat. Members of the Royal
College of General Practitioners, the Unite Trade Union, Community leaders and campaigning group 'Keep Our NHS Public' were all present at the march. The chair of the BMA was also there.
The public were asked to sign a petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-inner-city-gp-surgeries
As part of the 'Medicine for the Soul' month in April, the East End Health Network gave health advice to local residents by holding a stall at the Whitechapel Idea Store on the 23rd April. The stall was a great success and allowed local residents to engage with the EEHN team and in particular talk to our chronic disease nurse who gave advice on
chronic disease management
Message from Moorfields Eye Hospital
Diabetes can lead to blindness. A simple and free of charge eye screening appointment once a year monitors your eye health and dramatically cuts the chance of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. For the last 50 years, diabetes has been the leading cause of blindness in adults of working age, but it is preventable. An hour once a year sounds more than reasonable to keep your eyes healthy and your sight intact. However many people in the Tower Hamlets community are not attending their appointments. By the time symptoms of diabetic retinopathy occur, it is often too late to repair damage and lost vision. Some patients with changes may experience no symptoms at all, making attending screening
If changes related to diabetes are found at the screening appointment, patients will be referred to either Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road, or The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. The next step is to see a specialist and arrange
any treatment if necessary. Patients can be kept in clinics and monitored more frequently if needed. All Pregnant patients with diabetes should be seen in screening as a precaution as they are at risk of retinopathy developing more
Appointments that are not attended cost the Programme hundreds of thousands of pounds, meaning money that could be spent on improving services is being wasted. If you receive and do not attend your eye screening, you are taking the space of another patient. All patients should receive a letter with details of their upcoming visit. The letter includes a phone number and our admin team are more than happy to rearrange appointments if you cannot make them. The programme is as flexible as possible to help patients, but higher attendance levels are now
All persons with diabetes living in or attending a GP in the following postcode should be in the Tower Hamlets Screening Programme for diabetic retinopathy: E2, E1, E1W, E3, E14. Local GPs should be referring patients in when they move into
the area or when they are diagnosed. Patients can ask to be referred if they have not been already.
Please take the time to protect your eyesight and attend screening.
Some pictures from the East End Health Network (EEHN) Pop Up clinic at Whitechapel Market. The day appeared to have been a roaring success with many people engaging with the team and enquiring about the range of services that we offer from our respective practices.
EEHN's guiding principle is around early intervention & prevention with the aim to promote health checks and create awareness about long term conditions. Also to empower people with health information to assist in detecting cancer early and to encourage cancer screening as well as providing information about support services available.