The 2018 East End Health Network Health Fair at the Idea Store Whitechapel was an even bigger success than the previous year as large crowds of local residents and visitors to the borough participated in a host of health workshops, health checks, massage and advice from stalls promoting services by organisations like the Alzheimer’s Society and Social Action for Health.
Workshops were held covering Diabetes in Ramadan, Sexual Health and Health Eating and Exercise, the turnout was great with the workshop hall fully packed, it helped residents better understand Health implications and how to better manage their own health. The Mile End based Diabetes Centre were on hand to deliver a well received educational session in English and Bengali, residents also took part in a question and answer session where they had plenty to ask about how to manage their diabetes during Ramadan. Barts Health and Positive East both co-delivered the Sexual Health workshop to discuss issues around Sexually transmitted infection screening and the use of contraception. The final workshop for the event was rounded off with an exciting and engaging session from Social Action for Health Good Moves where patients learnt about the do's and don'ts of healthy eating along with a quick guide to gentle exercise at home.
There were over 20 stalls from local community voluntary sector informing, educating and publicising their service to residents and the overall feedback from residents was that the wide range of health areas covered was very helpful and the stall holders were welcoming and engaging. We recived a lot of positive feedback and have listed a small sample of them here:
"Great event. We should have more events like this in our community"
"FANTASTIC, Lots of info about diabetes & other. Thank you to all at stalls"
"Health Checks were great"
"I'm so excited about Maternity Mates and other stalls"
"Very constructive morning, people very informative on stall, more please!"
"This event is very good, people get alot of information lots of happy faces"
Health Fair Participants
EEHN Chair Dr Anwara Ali MBE commented, “The East End Health Network was formed in 2009 in response to the reorganisation of delivery of primary care within Tower Hamlets and the development of eight Networks mirroring the LAPs in the Borough. It’s wonderful to see so many faces both old and new, and I’m proud of the role we play in highlighting and promoting health to the good citizens of our borough and beyond.”
Social Prescriber Sham Zaman added, “We are very pleased with the turnout today and it demonstrates the importance our community places on health issues. It’s great that we are able to be of assistance and help increase knowledge and awareness.”
Network manager Ashraf Ullah concluded, “The turnout this year has exceeded last year and with our dedicated team and volunteers and with the support of our partners I can see us delivering bigger and better events in the future.”
The main sponsor for the event at Whitechapel Idea Store this year was Stirling Ackroyd Legal, whose representatives were in attendance to witness the popularity of the event. Special thanks were reserved for the property law specialists who have an office in Whitechapel.
The event finished off with a free raffle draw with health related prizes on offer, there were 4 prize winners who were all locally registered patients of EEHN GP Surgeries.
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.