Sent on behalf of Shabir Abdul, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, at Epsom and St Helier Hospital Trust
We are passionate about wanting to improve healthcare services for our local communities and we would like to set up a panel to look out our hospital services, for example, ophthalmology, diabetes, renal services. You will have an opportunity to hear about the hospital services, how they are planned and delivered to meet the needs of our service users and carers. There will be an opportunity to network and meet other people interested in this work. There are two meetings which have been organised and its important that you are able to attend both meetings. The dates of the meetings are:
Thursday 28th November at 9:30am in the Board Room, St Helier Hospital.
Refreshments will be provided.
If you are interested, please contact email@example.com by Tuesday 5th November at 1pm.
Adults attending the Emergency Department at St Helier Hospital will now be routinely screened for HIV in a bid to detect the condition earlier, as figures show that the London Borough of Sutton has one of the highest rates of late diagnosis of the virus.
The routine testing will take effect from Monday 4 November, with screening for all patients aged 16 and over who require a blood test as part of the care they need for the injury or emergency that has brought them to A&E (their presenting condition). Those who do not wish to have the test will be able to opt out.
Dr Olubanke Davies, Consultant in Genito-urinary Medicine and HIV at St Helier Hospital, said: “The London Borough of Sutton has one of the highest rates of late diagnoses of HIV in London, with 51.5% of HIV Positive people in the borough being diagnosed late – that is when the virus has already started to damage their immune system.
“We are one of several London emergency departments to offer routine testing, and hope to reach 8,000 local people in the first year. By diagnosing people earlier, we will not only improve the health of the affected person – making them less at risk of serious and potentially life-threatening infections – but also prevent the onward transmission of HIV.
“Studies have shown that HIV cannot be passed on sexually by people who are on effective treatment with an undetectable HIV viral load (the amount of HIV in the blood) for six months.”
Patients who test positive will be referred to the dedicated HIV service in the Rosehill Clinic at St Helier Hospital for treatment and support.
It is estimated that around 101,600 people are living with HIV in the UK, with 8% being undiagnosed. This means that 1 in 12 people living with HIV in the UK do not know that they have the virus.
The Rosehill Clinic provides comprehensive sexual health, contraceptive and HIV services in Sutton. For more information and clinic times, please visit: www.suttonhealthandcare.nhs.uk/sexual-health.
As the weather starts to change, parents are starting to think about booking their little one in to see Santa – and we’ve got a brand new addition at the Better Trampoline and Play Park this festive season!
From Monday 18th November to Tuesday 24th December, our grotto will be opening its doors for little girls and boys to share their wish list with the man himself, providing they have made it onto the good list.
Times – 9:30am – 3pm (within dates above) – All sessions will run in 15 minute time slots
Gifts – All children will also receive an age-appropriate gift to take home with them
Bookings – all booking can be made online at – https://extreme.better.org.uk/sutton