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

NHS Redbridge CCG

As you may know from our previous updates, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs are reminding people to have their say in a consultation on community urgent care services.

Community urgent care services provide same day care and advice for people with urgent, but not life threatening, physical and mental health issues. These include our GP out of hours service (GPOOH), our seven GP access hubs and four local walk-in services.

We are asking the public for their views on proposals to change, and improve the way community urgent care services are accessed locally in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

As part of the consultation we are seeking local feedback on proposals to make more urgent appointments bookable in advance by calling NHS 111, and have two options for changes to where you can walk in and wait without an appointment:
• Option 1: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at four Urgent Treatment Centres, at King George Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, Harold Wood Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital. Bookable appointments available at eight community urgent care service locations, (including Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

• Option 2: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at two Urgent Treatment Centres, – King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital. Bookable appointments available at ten community urgent care service locations, (including Harold Wood Polyclinic, Barking Community Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

We want to reach as many people as we can. We know many of you are already sharing information about our proposals with your networks, and we’d welcome any help you can give to encourage people to visit our websites or attend any of the remaining drop-in sessions.

Details of the proposed changes, drop-in sessions and a questionnaire for people to have their say can be found on our websites – Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge

All responses must be received by 5pm on 21 August 2018.

Many thanks,

Spending NHS money wisely – tell us what you think

Dear stakeholder
As GPs working in surgeries across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge we know only too well the pressures that the NHS faces both here and nationally at the moment.
The care and treatment that we, along with our GP colleagues, provide every day for our patients is funded by taxpayers’ money. That’s why we have a duty to spend it wisely, to make sure we get the best value we possibly can for every penny – especially when NHS funding is being severely squeezed and we are seeing more patients with more complex health issues than ever before.

We are faced with some very difficult choices if we are to protect our most essential health services – things like cancer care, emergency care, life threatening conditions and mental health services – for the coming years.

To protect those services in our area we have to make savings locally of £55million and to do that we must look at reducing spending now. That’s why we are asking for your help.

Today we are launching an eight week public engagement programme to talk about some of the things we think we can save money on and why. We are looking at:

• stopping procedures that are purely cosmetic (so things such as breast augmentation and removing cysts and moles – except for cancer patients)
• no longer prescribing some ‘over the counter’ medicines and products (including multi vitamins, gluten-free food, muscle rubs etc.)
• reducing the number of cycles of IVF that we will fund locally
• introducing criteria for weight-loss surgery
• stopping funding male and female sterilisation
We know some of these options – remember, no decisions have been made as yet – won’t be popular, but we have to look at where we can save money so we can protect those priority, lifesaving services for all.

Please read the document that sets out our thinking and respond to our questionnaire. These are available on our websites:

We will also be out and about across the area, meeting the public, patient groups and anyone else who would like to talk to us in the coming weeks and will list these on our website. If you’d like us to come and talk to your group or organisation, please get in touch: bhr.haveyoursay@nhs.net

Please share this widely across your networks.

Dr Anju Gupta Dr Ashok Deshpande Dr Anita Bhatia
Dr Ravi Goriparthi Dr Maurice Sanomi Dr Sarah Heyes
Barking and Dagenham CCG Havering CCG Redbridge CCG

Community Equipment Service – Service User Survey

Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (BHR CCGs) are currently reviewing the Community Equipment Service and want feedback from service users/carers about their experience of the existing service and where improvements can be made. Community equipment may have been ordered for you by an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or other healthcare professional (e.g. pressure relieving mattresses, ventilators, postural support chairs). Please complete this survey if you have accessed Community Equipment in the last two years. The survey is completely anonymous and will only be used to inform the ongoing improvements to the service.


Wheelchair Service – Service User Survey

The wheelchair service aims to meet the needs of service users with restricted mobility, through timely, high quality, specialist assessment of needs and the prescribing and provision of appropriate wheelchairs, seating systems and associated equipment, including any necessary repair and routine maintenance. Please complete this survey if you have been assessed by the Community Wheelchair Service in the last 2 years.
Please follow the link below to complete the survey.


Staar – Education, Health and Care Plans

Do you want to know more about Education, Health and Care Plans? EHC

Staar are organising an information event.

What you need to know.
Guest speakers
Mary Busk and Amanda Ridgewell.
Thursday 9th June 7.30-9pm.
St Gabriels Church Hall (Upstairs)
Park Road, Wanstead, E12 5HH
Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans are replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs for all children up to age 25 (assuming they remain in education/training beyond 18).
If your child does not have one yet this information evening is for you! If your child is not in school yet and will need additional support this evening is for you!
EHC plans also include health and social care needs.

The Community Learning Showcase

The Community Learning Showcase Poster

The Community Learning Showcase will celebrate our community and family learning programmes and their impact on our learners, partners and the local community. With presentations from our partners this is a real opportunity to hear at first hand from them the impact community learning is having in Redbridge. We are delighted that the following partners have confirmed they will be presenting their case studies.

• Christchurch Primary School where we have been delivering Learning in Mind to parents
• NELFT on working with partners improving therapeutic pathways for learners suffering from mild to moderate mental ill health
• AGE UK on tackling digital inclusion
• Barley Lane Primary School on the impact Family Learning has on their parents & children
• Salvation army on their Recycles social enterprise and our joint cycle repair training project.

Wednesday 18th May 10-12.30pm


Redbridge Faith Forum are running a HEALTH & WELL-BEING WORKSHOP
Tuesday 3 November 2015 1.30-3.30 pm
The Vine Church, Riches Road, Ilford IG1 1JH
All (men and women) are warmly welcome to join us for this afternoon Workshop which aims to give us an increased understanding of wellbeing and awareness of the issues surrounding mental health with contributions from those who have lived experience of mental health.
An opportunity to consider the following questions:-
? How can we care for ourselves & support others to maintain wellbeing?
? How can we stop the stigma of mental illness?
? How can we teach our children and young people resilience to cope in today’s competitive environment?
For more information, and to book your FREE place contact:
Karen/Saira on 020 8708 2478/ or email: faith.forum@redbridge.gov.uk