Go Green!!!

Wednesday 26th April.
Come and join us at the office to plant your own herb garden.
Sessions at 10.30am and 7pm.
£5 will include planter, herbs and compost. We will also be serving refreshments.

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.


Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend (28-30 January) is the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s the world’s biggest wildlife survey so why not get involved? It only takes an hour and is a great way to explore what birds you have in your local patch. You don’t have to be an expert; the RSPB website has lots of useful information including ID sheets. If you don’t have a garden, why not carry out the survey in your local park? You might be surprised at what you spot – this colourful pair was recently spotted in South Park. Ring necked parakeets are spotted more and more frequently in Redbridge and were amongst the top 20 of birds recorded in Greater London in the 2016 survey.