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Expert help without an appointment Your pharmacy can give tips about reducing your risk of catching colds and flu and advise on what medicines to stock at home, so you can respond quickly to the onset of any winter ailments. Fighting prejudice Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. www.time-to-change.org.uk Health news Be breast aware in your 70s WOMEN aged 70 and over are being encouraged to be aware of breast cancer symptoms in a new NHS campaign. Running until March 16, the campaign carries the message that one in three of the 41,300 women diagnosed with the disease every year are over 70. But cancer can be successfully treated if it is caught early enough. Don’t delay if you feel poorly GPS are urging older people to seek help early when they feel unwell. Elderly residents are advised to contact their GP, tell a friend, speak to their carer or get in touch with their local pharmacist. They can also make use of the NHS 111 service or visit www.nhs.uk/asap A GOOD COLLEGE WITH OUTSTANDING FEATURES Ofsted, Jan 2014 Dr Somen Banerjee, director of Public Health Tower Hamlets, told East End Life: “The older you are, the more likely you are to develop breast cancer. “If it is detected early, it is more treatable. Finding it early could save your life.” For more informat ion on symptoms and local services visit www.smallc. org.uk or www.nhs.uk/breast cancer70 Dr Sam Everington, chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a local GP, said: “During the winter months, it’s really important elderly people – and those looking after them – seek medical advice from someone like their local pharmacist or the local NHS 111 number as soon as they feel poorly.” Saturday 8th February 2014 11am–3pm, Poplar Campus POPLAR CAMPUS 112 Poplar High Street, London E14 0AF www.tower.ac.uk đ 020 7510 7510 SEVEN-foot statues of ill and injured yellow men turned heads at Watney Market last Monday, January 27. The statues and the NHS Not Always A&E team were out to remind people that A&E is only for emergencies. They represented complaints such as headaches and sprains, and carried advice on where to seek help, including pharmacies, GP surgeries, walk-in services and minor injury units. Nur Choudhury, a pharmacist from D M B Pharmacy who was there to give advice, said: “If you are ill but don’t think you need to see a doctor, pharmacies are a useful first port of call. “Last year one in every ten A&E visits could have been dealt with by a pharmacist.” Nur Choudhury is pictured with James and Harriet from the Not Always A&E team. Take time to talk to a friend in need Campaign encourages openness about mental health BY ANNA WILSON RESIDENTS are being encouraged to make time to talk this Thursday, February 6 as part of a national campaign aimed at drawing attention to mental health issues. Led by national charity Time to Change, Time To Talk Day, supported by the council, aims to show that “it’s the little things which make a big difference”. Something as simple as having a cup of tea and a chat can be invaluable to a friend, family member or colleague who may need some extra support. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “The council works with its partners to combat stigma and discrimination and signed a pledge last year on World Mental Health Day to show our commitment. “We continue to support that pledge and encourage residents to start those conversations.” Cllr Abdul Asad, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Mental health problems are more common than people may think. “Taking the time out to listen or ask someone how they are can be a simple starting point.” The council, Mind in Tower Hamlets & Newham, and Tower Hamlets Homes are working together to promote Time to Talk. The following activities on February 6 are open to everyone: ■ 10am-5pm: Idea Store Whitechapel, 321 Whitechapel Road, E1 –mental health service users will share their stories and exhibit examples of their photographic work. ■ 10am-4pm: Bethnal Green One Stop Shop, 1 Rushmead, E2 –Mind employees, service users and volunteer will have informal chats. ■ 10am-5pm: Idea Store Bow, Gladstone Place, E3 – mental health charity Community Options will be running a stall with quizzes and fun activities and talking with members of the public. Mental health advisers will be on site to have informal chats and provide information on local support services. Somen Banerjee, director of Public Health Tower Hamlets, said: “This day is another opportunity to highlight the importance of having open conversations about your health. “There are also excellent services you can access locally for support and advice.” For tips on how to get a conversation started and to sign up to the Time to Change pledge visit www.time-tochange. org.uk 3 – 9 FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 9


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