Individuals with a stoma have had their bowel diverted through their abdomen so that bodily waste can pass into a stoma bag. This may be due to illnesses such as cancer, Crohn’s disease or following a trauma to the abdomen. Each year, the NHS carries out around 6,400 permanent colostomies. It is estimated that one in 500 people in the UK are affected.
If you are one of these people – either pre-op, post-op or perhaps caring for a patient, then the Colostomy Association is here to help and support you. There are lots of ways to get in touch with us. We run a 24-hour helpline (0800 3284257). We have a closed Facebook Group, where people with stomas from across the country can speak to one another. Our Website (www.colostomyassociation.org.uk) is packed with useful information including free access to all the booklets and leaflets that we produce. It is here that you can also find details of support groups up and down the country. So if you are about to have stoma surgery or are adjusting to life afterwards, remember that the Colostomy Association is here for you.
Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group Commissioning Intentions - Easy Read Format
Posted on 03/11/2016
Please click on the file below for an easy read format of Harrow CCG's Commissioning Intentions - prepared and published by Harrow Mencap
Harrow and District Diabetes UK Support Group: meets monthly at Harrow Baptist Church, 4th Thursday of the month 8pm with programme of speakers (and occasional social events)
Harrow Type 1 Meet Ups: meets every other 2nd Weds of the month 7pm, Royal Oak next to St Georges Shopping Centre. Peer support with other social events (for those using diabetes technology, a walking group, occasional Park Runs)
Over 100 Harrow services, including counselling/therapy, specialist NHS services, minority ethnic community organisations, support for carers, benefits & housing and self-help groups. 26 Harrow factsheets on topics such as schizophrenia, sleeping problems, self-harm and depression. Plus a downloadable listing of all NHS and charity sector counselling services in Harrow free or low costs.
The North West London Diabetic Eye Screening Programme was formed on the 1st November 2015. It serves the diabetic population of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster.
For patients referred to the programme by their General Practice, we are responsible for inviting, screening, grading & referring to the Hospital Eye Services as required.
The programme has almost 120,000 patients with diabetes and is the largest programme in London.
The programme engages a large team of 28 qualified screeners & a small number of community optometrists who are contracted to assist.
For more information please see website http://www.nwldesp.co.uk/. Please also see information leaflet below.
Implementing the early intervention in psychosis access and waiting time standard guidance
Posted on 04/05/2016
NHS England has published guidance to support improvements for people experiencing first episode psychosis, one of the key mental health access and waiting time standard areas. Implementing the early intervention in psychosis access and waiting time standard guidance, a joint publication with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), aims to support ongoing local implementation of the standard by CCG commissioners and mental health providers, working collaboratively with service users and their families, carers and other partners
How can the internet help you stay healthy?
Posted on 14/04/2016
People are increasingly turning to online tools to help take greater control of their own health and care. Here we share some of the resources that people are using to find the information they need.
There are a number of ways that the internet can help support your health and wellbeing.
If you have an existing condition you would like to know more about, have some symptoms you are concerned about, or would like to book an appointment online, here are some resources that can help you do just that, as promoted by the Be Online campaign.
The Learn My Way ‘Being healthy’ pages have links to a range of digital resources to help you do anything from finding cancer support, to advice on looking after your mental health.
2. Check your symptoms
If you are feeling a bit unwell, or have some something you are concerned about, the NHS symptoms checker allows you to check your symptoms and get advice.
3. Find services
Sometimes there is no substitute for seeing a health professional in person. The service search on NHS Choices is a great way to find, choose and compare health, support and social care services in England.
4. Book appointments
Most GPs will have a website and offer some services, such as booking appointments online. You can find out more about online GP services with the Learn My Way online course.
Learn more about about these and other internet resources you can use to support your health.
How to complain about a health or social care service
Posted on 14/04/2016
Although most people have no problems when using health or social care services, sometimes things can go wrong. This leaflet explains what to do if you, a member of your family or someone acting on your behalf wants to complain about care or treatment that you have received. For many, the thought of making a complaint can be daunting, but care services should welcome the opportunity to respond to your concerns and try to put things right.
Please see click link below for further information leaflet.
Share your experience
If you have experienced poor care, or know that poor care is being provided somewhere you can report it to us, anonymously if you wish. You can also tell us when you feel you have received good care.
Welcome to our newsletter. A round-up of health and social care news, events and consultations in Harrow and beyond.
To submit an entry for the next edition please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthwatch Harrow is recruiting volunteers who are confident, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and willing to take things that much further, making a real difference to those who receive inadequate care or support. If you are this person, then we would like to hear from you for this exciting opportunity. Please note that this is an unpaid role.
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