Issue 44 - 6 June 2022

Health and care news from across north east London

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What to do if you suspect you have monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that does not spread easily between people - it is usually a mild self-limiting illness and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.

The risk to the UK population remains low, but you must be alert to any new rashes or lesions, which would appear like spots, ulcers or blisters, on any part of your body.

Although this advice applies to everyone, the majority of the cases identified to date have been among men who are gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, so we are asking these people in particular to be aware of the symptoms, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner.

Call 111 or contact a sexual health clinic if you have a rash with blisters and either:

  • you've been in close contact with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they've not been tested yet) in the past three weeks

  • you've been to west or central Africa in the past three weeks

  • you're a man who has sex with men

Tell the person you speak to if you've had close contact with someone who has or might have monkeypox, or if you've recently travelled to central or west Africa.

Do not go to a sexual health clinic without contacting them first. Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people until you've been told what to do.

For further help and advice contact the National Sexual Health helpline on 0300 1237123 or the Monkeypox Helpline on 0333 2423 672.


Help shape the future of Homerton Healthcare

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are inviting you to be part of a community conversation on Thursday 9 June 2022, where they will explore how your stories will shape Homerton Healthcare’s work and see what they can do to continue the conversation with you.

The event will take place at Chats Palace (Chats Palace Arts Centre, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London, E9 6DF) on 9 June 2022, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Registration and light refreshments will be provided from 5pm.

If you’d like to register for the event, please click here.


Join a BAME men's mental health and wellbeing community discussion

Social Action for Health is holding a community event to engage local Black, Asian, and minority ethnic men in a discussion about their mental health and wellbeing. It is open to everyone from the north east London area.

The event runs run from 10:30am until 14:30pm on Wednesday 15 June at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel. The vast majority of participants will be from the BAME male community, but women will also be involved and welcome at the event.

More information can be found at their Eventbrite page, including how to register for your free ticket.




Increasing awareness and raising hope for personality disorders

Personality disorders affect an estimated 10-13% of the population. They often attract stigma rather than support, and they can be distressing to live with.

There are gaps in understanding within health care systems of personality disorders and what interventions and options are provided by the NHS.

Now a group of people who have mental health and social difficulties commonly associated with the diagnosis of 'personality disorder’ have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the conditions. Supported by Healthy London Partnership, it centres on a series of podcasts to increase understanding and give people hope regarding support and treatment options.

Get more information and listen to the podcasts here.


Upcoming webinar: Should I get my child vaccinated against Covid-19?

The Covid-19 vaccine is available for all children from five years old.

To help carers, guardians and parents decide what’s best for their children, the NHS in London is partnering with the Department of Education and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums to answer questions and give expert advice on the Covid-19 vaccines for children and teens on Friday 10 June from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

To register for the event and get any questions you may have answered, click this link.

Updated: 02/06/2022