Brent CCG launches Health Passport during Learning Disability Week

During Learning Disability Week (16-22 June) Brent CCG launched a new Health Passport to help Brent residents with a learning disability access better healthcare when they are in hospital or visiting their GP.

The Health Passport is a booklet for people attending hospital or other health services. It contains important health information which can be shared with professional staff.

Dr Ethie Kong Chair, NHS Brent CCG said: “Health Passports ensure care providers give a much better level of service to people with a learning disability. The Health Passport will tell them what medical conditions they have, what treatment they are on and also information about their needs and likes.

“A visit to the doctor or to hospital can be very daunting, but this new booklet helps health workers know the health issues and needs of patients with a learning disability.”

There were two launches of the Health Passport, one for 14-18 year olds at the new Village School, in Kingsbury and the adult Health Passport was launched at the Gateway Club at Woodheyes Hall in Neasden.

People with a learning disability can now ask their family, carer or teacher to help fill in the Health Passport and ensure they get the best treatment possible.

For more information on Health Passports contact Ann O’Neill, Brent Mencap, 020 8451 5278 or


Transforming health services in Brent

Details on the work GPs in Brent have undertaken in 2013/14 to improve patient care has been published by Brent CCG.

‘Transforming health services in Brent’ is Brent CCG’s annual report for 2013/14 and sets out its work to provide more health services in a community setting, closer to people’s homes.

Dr Ethie Kong, a local GP in Brent and chair of Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, said today: “Brent CCG is committed to providing health services that meets the needs of local residents.

“We are bringing care closer to people’s homes, where it is easier for them to use them, and centralising specialist hospital care onto specific sites so that more expertise is available more of the time.

“Key achievements for this year have been to expand our diabetes service to tackle the growing number of people who have this condition, supporting people who are unwell to maintain their independence, and investing in GP services to make it easier for people to see a GP when they are unwell.

“In carrying out our work, working closely with patients and the public continues to be important, to ensure we understand their needs and provide the right services to meet their requirements.”

Dr Kong stressed that clinical safety and patient experience will always be the top priorities of Brent CCG.

“In all of our work, maintaining the highest standards of care and safety in the services we commission for Brent residents will always be our top priority.

“We will never compromise on health standards and patient safety when making changes to services.”

‘Transforming health services in Brent’ is Brent CCG’s annual report for 2013/14 and can be downloaded here

For press enquiries please contact Duncan Stroud Head of Communications for Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon phone: 07778-524081 email:



Prime Minister awards £5m for additional GP appointments

GPs in North West London, including Brent, have been awarded £5m from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to support schemes to make it easier for patients to see their GP.

The money will be used to provide extended opening hours, weekend opening and better use of technology so there will be more opportunities for people to see their GPs when they feel unwell.