Whipps Cross Hospital Community Engagement Action Group

Whipps Cross Hospital has launched a new group to find out what residents want from a redeveloped site. Applications are now open for a small number of local people to join the Community Engagement Action Group, which will help make sure the public can shape the future of the ageing hospital and its surrounding land.
Barts Health NHS Trust and its partners published a vision for the future of the 100-year old site last year and are now embarking on drawing up more detailed plans.
The vision for the site is to secure a multi-million pound redevelopment that would make Whipps Cross a flagship campus offering the best care for generations to come.
Full details including an information pack is available at: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/future-whipps

A press release is available here: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/news/whipps-cross-hospital-calls-for-residents-to-help-design-its-future-5061

Respond to the Patient Transport Experience Survey

Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria.

Our Advice Line recently received many calls from Disabled and older people being denied patient transport services by the Royal Free Hospital despite having a genuine need for it. In some cases, people have been denied this vital NHS funded transport for their appointments despite previously being eligible in the past.

We are concerned that patients are not being asked the right questions when applying for patient transport and that the phone assessment process is not being carried out fairly. We believe this leads to Disabled and older people being refused access that they are truly in need of and we want to know whether this practice is happening at other hospitals across London.

Take action – respond to our survey

Transport for All is looking for Disabled and older people who have booked, or tried to book, patient transport within London in the last year to complete a short survey about their experience with arranging patient transport.

Does this sound like you? If so we’d like to hear about your experiences, whether you were refused this service or not.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By responding you will help us gain a better understanding of the problem and allow us to gather testimonies to persuade hospitals to improve their patient transport services.

Please do not hesitate to share this survey/information with anyone who may have used patient transport in London in the past year.

The deadline to respond is: 31st August 2018

use this link to respond to the survey online

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

Best wishes,

Josh Lang
Campaigns and Outreach Officer
Transport for All

Anxiety and Stress management Training

As a part of our ‘Assist’ project, Redbridge Forum is organising a course on ‘Anxiety and Stress management’.

This course is suitable for carers who would like to learn how to manage stress levels. It is ideal for anyone that wants to learn some simple coping mechanisms that help you feel positive more of the time. This can have a beneficial effect on your mental wellbeing.

Date: 14th and 15th September 2016
Time: 10.00-1.30pm
Cost: £2.50
Venue: Redbridge Forum, 98—100 Ilford Lane, Ilford IG1 2LD

Light lunch will be provided.
If you are interested in attending this course, please call Redbridge Forum at 020 8478 7571 or e-mail Nandhini@redbridgeforum.co.uk


HEALTH & WELL-BEING OPEN FORUM – TUESDAY 8TH MARCH 6.30-8.30 PM – Don’t delay in reserving your free place at this Forum to which all men and women are invited from 6.30-8.30pm at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, 9 Balfour Road, Ilford IG1 4HP. The event aims to further increase our understanding of wellbeing and awareness of the issues surrounding mental distress with contributions from those who have lived experience. Come along and discuss how we can care for ourselves and support others to maintain wellbeing and how we can stop the stigma of mental illness. Redbridge Faith Forum, Tel – 020 8708 2478, Email – Faith. forum@redbridge.gov.uk

Residents help tackle historic financial challenge
More than 600 residents have helped to shape the Council’s future savings by taking part in our budget consultation so far. We face a huge financial challenge as the Government will have slashed £100 million of our funding by 2018, over half of our direct grant. Due to the severe Government cuts we’re having to save £58 million over the next three years. Budget consultation results.

Current results from the budget consultation indicate: high levels of support and protection for community safety, waste collection and economic development on average, preference for a two per cent Council Tax increase strong support to save money by delivering services differently, co-locating services and delivering more services online significant support to generate income from advertising, releasing some Council land for development and reducing capital spend on schools.

More than 350 suggestions have also been received. Comments include: increase enforcement penalty charges and enforcement activity reduce management, waste and improve efficiency generate revenue Redesigning services

Residents can still complete the budget consultation here.
Final budget proposals will be agreed at Full Council on Thursday 3 March 2016.
View the Outcomes of budget consultation report here

Mayor’s Appeal Events
Redbridge Faith Forum is delighted to be one of the chosen charities in this year’s Mayor of Redbridge’s Rainbow Appeal. Forthcoming events include;
Sunday 21st February – Big Band Night at Ilford Golf Club
Saturday 27th February –Peggy Oliver Tribute Night at the Town Hall
Contact: mayorsoffice@redbridge.gov.uk for further details and to make bookings.