Pledge to support a friend or neighbour this winter

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Last winter, about 31,000 people in England died as a result of cold weather. Most of these people were over 75 and many of these deaths could have been avoided.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of older people spend much of the winter alone and lonely. According to Age UK, in 2010 1 in 20 people in the UK aged 65 and over say they spent Christmas Day alone.

At-risk patients urged to have flu jab

Flu jab 2013Over 65s, people with long term conditions, pregnant women and carers in Brent are being encouraged to protect themselves against flu by getting the flu jab from their GP or nurse.

The jab is available free through GP practices to people in these ‘at-risk’ groups, as flu can be particularly dangerous for them.

Dr Ethie Kong, Chair of NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Flu is a highly infectious and unpleasant illness that is most likely to strike in winter.

“For most healthy people, flu symptoms will usually last about a week, but for those in at-risk groups, it can lead to more serious complications that need hospital treatment, which is why they are invited for a free flu jab.

Brent CCG hosts its 2nd Health Partner Forum

The event bought together members of the local community with representatives from the NHS, the local authority and voluntary sector. A total of 117 people attended the event.

The purpose of the event was to bring together residents and service-providers to work with the CCG to help shape Brent's future healthcare services in support of: 

  • Providing residents with an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter most to them;
  • Ensuring local people are kept up-to-date on healthcare plans for Brent;
  • Inviting ideas on how services might evolve to help people before they get into crisis (and to assist with swift recoveries at home); and,
  •  To focus throughout on how best to meet everyone's health needs within a sustainable financial framework.