Dear Patients, we recently had our Patient Participation Group (PPG) meeting. Some of the Practice updates discussed with our PPG patient representatives are as shown below. Please do feel free to use the services below:
Cervical Screening (Smears):
Due to COVID, the uptake for Cervical Screening has had a big impact nationally. We have recently sent SMS invites to all eligible patients. Our reception and admin teams have also beee calling eligible patients to book their appointments.
We have a lot of capacity to book patients for smears (including on Saturdays). Please kindly call the reception on 020 8432 7337 to book your smear test (if you are eligible)
Brent has historically had a low update for Childhood immunisations. COVID has also played a big part to further impact this. Our reception and admin teams have also been calling eligible patients to book their appointments.
Please kindly call the reception on 020 8432 7337 to book your child their immunisations (if you are eligible)
Diabetes and Ramadan:
For our patients who are fasting this month, following article may be of help
What foods should you have during Iftar?
For Iftar (breaking of fast)
Iftar is the time you replenish energy levels so every effort should be made to consume foods from all major food groups. Iftar needs to provide a quick release of enough energy. Iftar should include the following foods:
For Iftar (dinner) Breaking of fast
Traditionally during Ramadan, dates are eaten at the start of Iftar to symbolise the breaking of the fast. Dates are a quick source of energy. They are high in fibre, calcium, iron – rich in potassium – However, limit the number of dates as dates are high in sugar.
2. Complex carbohydrates
It is recommended to eat meals based around small portions of starchy carbohydrates such as whole grains, rice or flatbread in small portions. Have whole grain sources of starchy carbohydrates, such as lentils, quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar wheat or couscous.
3. Meats and alternatives
Incorporate protein-rich sources such as lean meat, skinless chicken, fish, eggs, legumes and low-fat dairy products.
4. Healthy meals
Avoid the usage of deep fat fryers during Ramadan. When using oil for cooking, try to measure oil and avoid deep frying. Reheated oil becomes saturated fats which are bad for your heart.
Avoid having starters at Iftar especially if based around fried snacks such as samosas. If you have starters, keep them based around salads, fruits, lentils or soups as this will allow you to eat your main healthy meal of the day.
5. Reduce intake of processed foods
Avoid deep-fried foods, foods that contain refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pastries, biscuits and baklavas.
Avoid fatty foods such as processed meats, burgers, fried chicken and chips. Limit sugary foods at Iftar. Only eat small amounts of foods like Baklava and Khunafa cakes.
Reduce intake of salt and salted food, such as dressing, sauces, salted nuts and crisps. Dehydration is a risk due to limited fluid intake during the day, and high salt foods can further increase this risk.
Drink plenty of water at Suhoor and Iftar. It is recommended that you drink at least 8 cups of water between Iftar and Suhoor so that your body may adjust fluid levels in time for the next day.
Avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as tea and coffee as these can make you lose more water by going to the toilet more. Avoid sugary drinks such as orange, apple, tropical fruit juice and fizzy drinks. Diet drinks and non-sweetened drinks such as unsweetened lassi or labaan drinks are a preferred option.
Self Help and Self Referrals:
Our Patient Participation Group would like us to share all service information where patients are able to self-help and self-refer. Please kindly see all the services below whereas a patient you can refer yourself without the need to contact the surgery
Brent Weight Management Schemes and Services
There are a range of services and support available locally to help with weight management.
Paediatric speech and language therapy (SLT) service in Brent referrals
Our children’s speech and language service in Brent will accept referrals from anyone, as long as a parent of the child or young person who is being referred has consented.
North West London Sexual Health and Contraceptive Service
Sexual Health and Contraception Services for Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon London North West University Healthcare provides sexual health services across four boroughs, HIV care and a range of outreach services via our partner organisations.
You can now self-refer to Brent Physiotherapy.
020 3795 3429
CNWL Talking Therapies Service (IAPT)
We are part of the national NHS ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) service. We provide a range of talking therapies for people who feel anxious and worried, or down and depressed.
Free and confidential help for Brent residents Are you worried about your own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use? If so, get in touch with our expert team at New Beginnings. We’ll discuss what concerns you have and make a plan together, to help you manage, reduce or stop your drug or alcohol use. You can call, email or visit our service in person.
24/7 helpline: 0800 107 1754
St Mary’s Hospital – Paddington
It is really important for you and your baby’s health that you start your antenatal care early in pregnancy – in your first 10 to 12 weeks.
Queen Charlotte’s Hospital – North Acton
Our maternity and obstetrics service provides care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, labour, and the postnatal period, which usually lasts about 10 days after birth. We take pride in providing personalised, supportive services for all of our patients, whether your pregnancy is straightforward or highly complex.
University College London (UCL) Hospital Euston
We understand that having a baby is one of the most important experiences of your life. You will have particular expectations of your birth that are important to you: where you want your baby to be born, who will be with you and the type of care you get.
Northwick Park Hospital
We help over 5,000 mums give birth each year from our midwifery-led birthing unit and consultant-led labour wards at Northwick Park Hospital.
We believe that young people are best placed to guide, support and empower their peers on issues relating to mental health and well being. Neurolove.org is a site set up to support young people manage the changing times we are currently living in.
0151 547 7703
NUPAS (national unplanned pregnancy advisory service)
We offer abortion treatments and free pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection screening and a fully comprehensive contraceptive service.
0333 004 6666
Marie Stopes UK
You don’t need a GP referral to access NHS funded abortion care. We’ve been helping people with their reproductive health options for over 40 years. We provide NHS-funded and self-funded abortion and vasectomy care through our network of local clinics all over England. You can give us a call whenever you need us. Our advice line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
0345 300 8090
Find a psychological therapies service in England
You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing your GP. These services offer therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), for common problems including: stress, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and phobias
NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) identifies those at diabetes high risk and refers them onto a behaviour change programme.