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The Grenfell overnight service at Notting Hill Methodist Church

Published on: Tuesday 30 January 2018

The Grenfell Overnight Service is a partnership between Hestia, Blenheim Drug and Alcohol Project and the NHS.

Staff from Hestia, Blenheim and the NHS are located every night at the Notting Hill Methodist Church from 10pm to 7am.

People just need to ring the door bell.

The service provides

  • Counselling with psycho-education and wellbeing assistance
  • Fast routes into any day service that may be required
  • Fast access to the CNWL Rapid Response team (which will have a designated Grenfell worker over the Christmas period).

Please remember that the Single Point of Access is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and NHS staff they will listen to you and help; please call 0800 0234 650.


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Latest Grenfell Tower Response briefing now available

Published on: Monday 29 January 2018

Each week, we produce a briefing with updates on NHS activity in North Kensington following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The latest edition can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or comments about the briefing, email us at grenfell.response@nhs.net


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Journey of Hope Wellbeing Retreat day on Saturday 27 January 2018

Published on: Friday 26 January 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018 is the Grenfell - Journey of Hope (JoH) Wellbeing Retreat day at The Second Half Centre, St Charles Centre for Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ, from 12pm to 4pm.

Emer O’Neil says, “Delighted to let you know that our next Wellbeing retreat day is just around the corner; Saturday 27 January at the Second Half Centre at St Charles.

Having listened to the great feedback from previous sessions, we’re making a few changes.

We're starting later, so we will be running from 12pm to 4pm.

We're bringing on Emily, Kiera, and Fred, our own JoH massage therapists for back, neck and shoulder massages (from a massage table and a massage chair). People can book their time on arrival.

Shanie, our yoga tutor is back by popular demand, as is Mieke our breathing tutor, and Nour on mindfulness.

There’s hot and healthy soup for lunch.

We're hoping that people will join us for the whole session, and get to try out all of the resilience building techniques and to keep building our peer network.

So, we’re asking the Grenfell NHS Team staff to invite people who you think will benefit. We're really excited about the day, and will be running more events over the next few weeks.”

Download the flyer (opens PDF) to find out more. Bookings can be made by emailing emer@journeyofhope.uk or texting 07377 718926.


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Did you know you can self-refer for therapy?

Published on: Tuesday 23 January 2018

There is a free and confidential NHS service for children and adults who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. It provides a range of psychological therapies and support to help you feel better if you or your children are feeling traumatised, unable to sleep, having memories or pictures of the event unexpectedly popping into your mind, or feeling anxious, stressed or worried. You can self refer here.


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Download our new app today

Published on: Thursday 18 January 2018

The NHS has produced an app for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.The app, called ‘North Kensington Health response’ contains all of the information published on this response website in a format that’s easy to access on the go or when you want to find health information quickly. To download the app, search for North Kensington NHS Response in the Apple or Google Play stores. If you have any feedback on the app, we'd like to hear from you.

Send your feedback to grenfell.response@nhs.net


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Latest Grenfell Tower Response briefing now available

Published on: Monday 15 January 2018

Each week, we produce a briefing with updates on NHS activity in North Kensington following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The latest edition can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or comments about the briefing, email us at grenfell.response@nhs.net




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Response booklet translations and easy read version now available

Published on: Tuesday 9 January 2018

The content of our response booklet which details how the NHS can help following the Grenfell Tower fire is now available in a number of different languages and in easy read format.

You can find the translations in our Publications pages here.

If you require the content to be translated into another language, send the details in an email to grenfell.response@nhs.net


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Read the latest Grenfell response briefing

Published on: Monday 8 January 2018

Each week, we produce a briefing with updates on NHS activity in North Kensington following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The latest edition can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or comments about the briefing, email us at grenfell.response@nhs.net


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Tips for helping yourself to stay well

Published on: Thursday 4 January 2018

You should contact the NHS if you are experiencing signs of trauma. However, if you don’t feel ready to do so, there are things you can do yourself that are clinically proven to ease the symptoms.

Breathe and count

If you find yourself panicking or having a flashback, try to focus on breathing in, breathing out, and then counting to five. Some people find that counting objects – for example, counting every object you can see that is red – can also be very soothing.

Learn your triggers

Sounds, sights and smells are common triggers for your brain when it is processing a trauma. Keeping a diary of how you feel may allow you to spot patterns, and identify in advance things that are likely to trigger panic or upset. If you spot these signs early, it can become easier to cope with them. For example, you may realise that walking past a particular spot regularly ends up with you losing concentration, becoming anxious, or reliving the fire as if it is happening again right now. If you are prepared for these feelings you may be able to make your symptoms less overwhelming.

Ground yourself

People who experience trauma have lots of different ways to ground themselves. Some people carry a familiar object, or focus on a nearby object that keeps their mind in the present. It can be as simple as a piece of jewellery, a watch, a key ring, a pen, or a ‘fidget spinner.’ Give yourself permission to care for your own needs. Take time to watch your favourite film, listen to familiar music, read a comforting book, comic or magazine, and remind yourself that you are safe now.


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Latest Grenfell Tower Response briefing now available

Published on: Tuesday 2 January 2018

Each week, we produce a briefing with updates on NHS activity in North Kensington following the fire at Grenfell Tower.

The latest edition can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or comments about the briefing, email us at grenfell.response@nhs.net


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