Our immune systems are vital for keeping us healthy. This complex defence mechanism is made up of an army of millions of cells circulating in the blood and patrolling in our tissues. This army is made up of ‘battalions’ of cells with slightly different roles in identifying, alerting, destroying and clearing up damage in our bodies. The immune system is always on the look-out for new problems to deal with, but research is suggesting it
HERE IS A COPY OF AN ENTRY FROM THE MARIE CURIE BLOG
Talking about the end of life: advice from our nurses
We don’t just offer care, but also support for people living with a terminal illness. Here we have some expert opinions on having “the big conversation” around end of life wishes, to help give you some support in this difficult time.
The National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters Coalition undertook a survey of over 2,000 adults recently. Although 52% agreed they have become more comfortable in the last five years talking about their own death, or that of people close to them, only 35% had made a will and 45% admitted that discussing death made it feel closer.
We know there are still barriers to conversations about death and dying, but 67% said they would help someone organise or record end of life plans, while 61% felt they knew someone with whom they could discuss their own plans.
So the willingness to help each other is there and we have called on some Marie Curie Nurses to give their advice:
THIS WAS A COPY OF AN ENTRY FROM THE MARIE CURIE BLOG
OUR REPS VISIT SPITALFIELDS PRACTICE PPG
Today (Weds 27th July 2016) our Patient Participation Group representatives visited a meeting of the PPG from the Spitalfields Medical Centre as observers.
The Spitalfields Medical Practice is a similar size to Blithehale, and caters to around 13,000 patients. (This also happens to be the practice I used to attend.)
Todays meeting at Spitalfields was ironically very similar to our last one. Their main subjects were their recent CQC Inspection, and the coming upgrade of the telephone system to Babble (the same system we will be using).
A question was raised about how their newer private GP practice integrates into their NHS service. It was pointed out that although this new Private GP service operates within their building, it is not part of the services they provide, and it compliments the other alternative medicine services they already provide. The rent these groups pay help to offset the Centre’s costings.
At the end of their meeting, there was a short discussion and exchange of ideas.
We found that in general both centres faced very similar problems in attracting representatives from immigrant communities onto their groups. Several ideas were bounced about, including working through the practice translators, and the Doctors passing information themselves to their patients.
It was pointed out to our hosts that on our blog site we had a link to the Babble website, to enable people to get a preview of what to expect.
Then death came into the mix. One of our team suggested that they might like to try including the Compassion in Death and the ‘Death Cafe’ into their services, which created a lively discussion.
Both groups thanked each other for their support, and we departed.
Our own PPG Meeting is being held tomorrow (Thurs 28-7-16) at 12.30pm at the Blithehale Medical Centre. Any patient of the practice is welcome to come and have their say.
NOTE THE NEW TIME OF 12.30pm
OUR PPG TO VISIT SHOREDITCH PPG
This is just to let you know that on 28th July, representavives of our Patient Patricipation Group (PPG) will be visiting the PPG of Shoreditch Health Centre’s PPG to observe their committee meeting, to see if there is anything we can learn, so that we can improve our own team.
The day after our visit, (29th July @ 5.00pm) there is a meeting of our PPG when we can see if anything we learned from our visit can be applied to our group.
If anyone out there is a patient of the Blithehale Medical Centre and would like to offer your support please feel free to come along to our PPG meeting, held at the BMC.
Meetings normally last for no more than an hour.
If you would like any matters raised at the next meeting but are unable to attend yourself, please fill in the form below, and we will forward your concern on your behalf, and let you know the outcome by e-mail.