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We are holding our second health event of the week at Henry Dickens Centre this evening - come down

Published on: Thursday 30 November 2017

Following a very pleasant morning meeting local residents at Notting Hill Methodist Church a reminder that we are holding another event on Thursday 30 November from 5.30pm to 8pm at Henry Dickens Centre 104 St. Anns Rd, London W11 4BU

We are providing a safe, protected space for you to receive support and information from NHS professionals and other local community organisations. Hot food and drink will be served.

You can also get a relaxing chair massage, take part in breathing exercises and learn some useful tips for coping after an incident like the Grenfell Tower fire.

Note, the free flu vaccination will be available at the event to help you stay well through winter.

Email grenfell.response@nhs.net for more information.


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Latest Grenfell Tower Response briefing now available

Published on: Monday 27 November 2017

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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Important support information available now in our new response leaflet

Published on: Friday 24 November 2017

We have launched a new leaflet, 'North Kensington health response: How the NHS can help following the Grenfell Tower fire'.

The leaflet describes all of the support available from the NHS and includes the contact details you need should you require our services urgently or in non-urgent settings.

The leaflet will be available in your local GP surgery as well and will have a pop-out card with important information that you can keep with you at all times.

You can view the leaflet electronically here.

If you have any feedback on the leaflet you can send it to grenfell.response@nhs.net or discuss it with you GP.


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Latest Grenfell Tower Response briefing now available

Published on: Monday 20 November 2017

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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Latest Grenfell Tower Response briefing now available

Published on: Monday 13 November 2017

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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Save the date – two NHS events in November for North Kensington residents

Published on: Friday 10 November 2017

Your local NHS is holding two events at the end of November for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

We are providing a safe, protected space for you to receive support and information from NHS professionals and other local community organisations. Hot food and drink will be served.

You can also get a relaxing chair massage, take part in breathing exercises and learn some useful tips for coping after an incident like the Grenfell Tower fire.

The events are taking place at the following venues:

  • Monday 27 November, 11.30am to 2pm at Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Road, London W11 4AY
  • Thursday 30 November, 5.30pm to 8pm at Henry Dickens Centre 104 St. Anns Rd, London W11 4BU

Note, the free flu vaccination will be available at the events to help you stay well through winter.

Email grenfell.response@nhs.net for more information.


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Local MP calls for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to get their free flu jab

Published on: Monday 6 November 2017

Kensington MP, Emma Dent Coad is calling on those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to take the opportunity to get the free flu jab now on offer. It follows the NHS's decision to extend the free annual flu vaccination to all former Grenfell Tower residents and those from the surrounding neighbourhood.

Emma Dent Coad MP receiving her flu jab recently

All local surgeries and pharmacies can provide the vaccination. Housebound or hotel-based patients should contact their GP surgery or outreach worker to assist in arranging it.

Emma who had pneumonia two years ago which has left her vulnerable, and with asthma, said: “I’ve had the flu jab myself as it helps to protect me and those around me. So I would encourage everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire to get the flu jab as well."

The flu vaccination is usually free for those at risk from the virus including pregnant women and people suffering from an underlying health condition like Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or after a stroke. Flu on top of health conditions like these can easily develop into something very serious.

The free flu jab will be available at two events we are holding at the end of the month for the local community. See the details here.

See other sections of this site for more services available in the North Kensington area.


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Expressions of interest sought - New forum to support North Kensington community groups

Published on: Friday 3 November 2017

Following the fire at Grenfell, a number of new community groups have formed with the benevolent motive of supporting local residents. Some of the groups – many of whom are self-governing – operate quietly in the background, while others are coming forward with new proposals and seeking support.

West London CCG wants to make sure these groups have their proposals fairly considered by the organisations who can take them forward.

To achieve this we want to form a new multi-agency forum made up of senior leaders from North Kensington organisations who can assess the appropriateness of new proposals presented. The forum will be key in the co-design of the model of care being developed to support those affected by the fire. It will act as a sounding board for future service developments whilst being a place to receive and discuss feedback.

We want to make sure proposals are sustainable and complement current provision. They could be measured against:

  • Quality Assurance
  • Effective service delivery
  • Appropriate capacity building
  • Justice, truth and reconciliation
  • Value for money
  • Information sharing.

It is envisaged that the forum will help prevent duplication, and through the knowledge, experience and skills in working with local communities across North Kensington will be able to offer support to new groups and organisations who may lack resource or capacity.

We are seeking expressions of interest from organisations who would like to provide representation for this forum. Forum members will need to be able to provide evidence of the following:

  • That they are constituted as a voluntary/community group, charity or social enterprise and has a constitution or set of rules
  • That they have understanding of and clear policies in relation to safeguarding and equality
  • That they can demonstrate their experience of working with local communities across North Kensington and provide examples of this
  • That they have a minimum of three years' experience in working with local communities in North Kensington
  • That they have details of the skills and experience or the organisation e.g. mental health, and can set out how they work with local communities

If you are interested in finding out more about the forum or being a part of it, contact Alison Kirk at Alison.Kirk@nw.london.nhs.uk by Wednesday 15 November 2017





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Advice to read ahead of bonfire night on Sunday 5 November

Published on: Thursday 2 November 2017

Sunday 5 November is Guy Fawkes’ night where traditionally there are bonfires and fireworks. It is possible that celebrations could last all weekend.

If you were affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire, you may find this period difficult as it could revive traumatic, frightening memories.

If you find yourself suffering a panic attack, remember they are frightening but they are not dangerous. An attack won't cause you any physical harm, and it's unlikely that you'll be admitted to hospital if it happens. Things to remember are:

  • stay where you are, if possible
  • breathe slowly and deeply
  • remind yourself that the attack will pass
  • focus on positive, peaceful and relaxing images
  • remember it isn't life threatening.

If you find it particularly difficult you can phone our 24 hour service on 0800 0234 650. There are trained people there who can talk to you and help you through it.

We are running a service around Grenfell Tower on Sunday 5 November from 10am to 11pm. We’re at The Curve until it closes at 6pm and have a roaming team of senior staff and therapists as well. This team was out and about on Halloween and we received positive feedback from residents. If required, you can also call our Outreach team on the day on 020 8962 4393.

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