NHS Bart’s Hospital – Public Event

On Thursday 13 August we’re hosting the first in a series of public webinars, giving our local communities the chance to find out about how outpatient services are changing across North East London.

Barts Health NHS Trust is undertaking a major transformation of outpatient services across its five hospitals: Newham, Mile End, St Bartholomew’s, Whipps Cross and The Royal London.

This event on Thursday 13 August at 3pm is the first in a series of webinars, where you can hear about the plans and have your say.

By attending this free online event, co-hosted by Healthwatch, you will:

  1. Discover how outpatient services have changed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including greater use of video and telephone consultations
  2. Hear plans to transform outpatient services across North East London
  3. Learn more about the steps that the Trust is taking to keep patients safe, should you need to come to hospital for your appointment
  4. Ask questions to the panel and give feedback on future plans.

This event will be facilitated by Dianne Barham, chief executive of Healthwatch Tower Hamlets.

Following a short presentation, our expert panel will answer your questions.

The panel will include:

  1. Barts Health staff
  2. Patients representative
  3. GP representative


To register for this event, which takes place on Thursday 13 August from 3pm-4pm, please click here and complete the form.

Submit a question

You can submit a questions in advance of the meeting by emailing: bartshealth.outpatient-queries@nhs.net. If you don’t have access to a computer, please submit a question through your local Healthwatch office.

Find out more

Find more information about outpatient services at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Joining the meeting

Please note that it may take up to 10 minutes to download Webex onto your machine or mobile device via the app store. If you have not done this before, please do this in advance of the meeting to avoid disappointment. You can also join via the web browser.

You will need to make sure that you have a way of listening in to the webinar. For the best experience, it is best to use a desktop or laptop computer and headphones.

Please note that views and functionality may differ between computers, tablets and mobiles.

Music & Memories with Museum of London

I hope that you are keeping well and safe & are finding the Museum of London’s latest range of resources created in response to Covid-19 restrictions useful.

This is just a reminder that we have our live zoom session with our brilliant artist Luke Saydon coming up this Thursday morning. We’re so excited to be bringing the generations together this month for an online version of our award-shortlisted Memories and Music session. We have children under 5 and their families joining us to sing and dance, share museum objects and generally get to know one another.

For security reasons we are asking you to register. This is very simple – just email memories@museumoflondon.org.uk and we will send you the zoom link to join us. We can also check then if you have any access needs. If you’d rather register by phone then please ring 07780 504506 to chat to me.

We’d really love to see you! The session will take place this Thursday 6th August from 10.30am – 11.30am.

All the best,
Marina, Amy & Luke

TV licences for people over 75

Vintage TV with antenna

From 1 August the free TV licence for people over 75 will only be available
for those who claim Pension Credit.

The BBC will be sending letters from August which will ask you to confirm arrangements to ‐

  • continue your free licence if you receive Pension Credit, or
  • pay for your licence for the period starting on 1 August 2020.

If you – or someone you know – could do with more money, as well as continuing to get the free TV licence, now is a good time to check if you are eligible and if so claim Pension Credit. You may be eligible, even if you own your home or have savings. People who receive Pension Credit can also get free dental treatment and
possibly help with Council Tax, housing costs and heating bills.

To check whether you are eligible for Pension Credit (and other benefits) you may wish to use Age UK England’s benefit calculator, click the button to be taken to their website:

You can apply for Pension Credit by phoning the Government’s claim line on 0800 99 1234 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm) or online, click the button below to be taken to their website:

They will need to know some details about you to check whether you are eligible. Information you may need to hand includes:

  • Your National Insurance number
  • Information about your income, savings and investment
  • Your bank account details.

Alternatively you can claim:

  • by Textphone: 0800 169 0133
  • using Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone):18001 then 0800 99 1234 Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm.
  • by post: call the number above and ask them to send you an application form or you can download a copy from the website, click thee button below:

If you would like more information about Pension Credit or have any
questions about this letter, please call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800
169 6565.

Are you interested in shaping a training programme for Public Health Community Champions?

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a huge impact on
health and wellbeing in City and Hackney. The impacts are not evenly distributed and
some individuals and communities will be particularly affected and in need of support.
Volunteer Centre Hackney, in partnership with Hackney Council and HCVS, are
developing a community champions network who will be able to provide support to
individuals in the community during this challenging time. This network will also support
local efforts of the NHS Test & Trace system.
They want to hear your thoughts!
They are offering a limited number of places to attend a workshop with individuals from
local community groups to co-design the training that will be available for community
The aim of the training is to enable those who may be providing advice and support
around Covid-19 in the community to feel confident about the messaging and where to
find support when needed.
When: Tuesday 4th August
Time: 10 – 11.30am
Where: This session will take place virtually. The details will be sent to you when you
register your place
To find out more or register your place, email Chris on
chris.mate-kole@vchackney.org or call 0207 241 4443 ext.2003
Please note places are limited.

Sonali Gardens to reopen

Hello, I am happy to announce that from Monday 3rd August we will
start delivering some onsite activities from Sonali Gardens and Wapping
Children’s Centre.
These include our Coffee mornings on Monday and Wednesdays, Darts
group and our new Walk and Talk Group on Tuesdays!

As a result of COVID19, we have had to introduce an activity booking
system to ensure that we are following government and health
guidelines. We are taking this and several other measures to make sure
that we protect your health and safety and prevent the spread of the

We need your cooperation and support to help make the new booking
system run smoothly.To book an activity call the Linkage Plus office or
Outreach Workers to book your place.
Once you have booked you will be given an activity information briefing
sheet with start times, what to do when you arrive at the centre and so

If you are unsure about what to do call the office and we will go
through it with you. We can’t wait to see you all back enjoying activity
I would like to thank all of you who completed and returned the Health
& Wellbeing questionnaire.
Your feedback is very important and helps us deliver a better service. So
please keep telling us what you think!
Lastly, I am excited to share with you all that we have set up some social
media platforms to promote and share our work! Please follow and share
our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with friends, neighbours and

Frances Shank,

LinkAge Plus Coordinator

For more information about these activates, activates run Mind Tower Hamlets and Newham, RIBA have launched self-directed adult resources, and ELOP LGBT Forum please download their newsletter: