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Free Pulse Checks for Londoners during Global AF Awareness Week

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Free Pulse Checks for Londoners during Global AF Awareness Week

More than 150,0000 Londoners have the most common type of irregular heartbeat, which is called Atrial Fibrillation or AF, and are at higher risk of a stroke. Not everyone with AF has symptoms and a simple pulse rhythm check could save their life.

During the AF Association Global AF Aware Week, from 20 – 26 November 2017, free pulse check events will be running across London. Londoners are being encouraged to spread the word about irregular heartbeats and urge friends and family – particularly those aged over 65 – to check their pulse and see a GP if it is irregular.

Pulse checks can be done manually (a British Heart Foundation video and guide shows how here) or through new technology, with irregular rhythms investigated further by healthcare professionals.

Please see details of free AF Awareness Week events across London below

Photo: a manual pulse check being performed by a member of South London Cares, here at the Health Innovation Network offices.

South London

Health Innovation Network and its partners will be offering free manual or mobile ECG pulse rhythm checks to test for AF:

Monday 20 November:
• Erith Health Centre, 50 Pier Rd, Erith, DA8 1RQ 9.30-2.30pm

Tuesday 21 November:
• Outside Costa Coffee, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, CR7 7YE 12-2pm
• Central Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7EH 9am-1pm
• Rushey Green Pharmacy, The primary Care Centre, Hawstead Road, SE6 4JH 9.30am-5pm

Wednesday 22 November:
• Outside Costa Coffee Shop, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, CR7 7YE 9am-12pm
• Leegate Pharmacy, 334 Lee High Road, SE13 5PJ 9am-5.30pm

Thursday 23 November:
• Rushey Green Pharmacy, The primary Care Centre, Hawstead Road, SE6 4JH 9.30am-5pm
• Leegate Pharmacy, 334 Lee High Road, SE13 5PJ 9am-5.30pm

Friday 24 November:
• University Hospital Lewisham Main Entrance, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LH 1-3pm

West London

Led by Imperial College Health Partners, staff and clinicians will be carrying out free pulse checks for patients and members of the public at the following times and locations. The checks will be carried out using a mobile ECG device which instantly analyses and interprets heart recordings:

Monday 20 November:

• Hounslow Tesco Superstore (Dukes Green Avenue, Feltham) 2pm-4pm

Wednesday 22 November:
• Hillingdon Hospital canteen 11am-1pm

Friday 24 November:

• Hammersmith & Fulham Parkview Health & Wellbeing Centre, Bloemfontein Rd, White City, London 10-12pm

North east and north central London

Led by UCLPartners, teams will be offering patients and members of the public a free pulse check using a mobile ECG device which instantly analyses and interprets heart recordings:

Monday 20 November – Friday 24 November
• Barts Heart Centre, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE 9.30am-5pm

Thursday 23 November
• Karamsar Gurdwara (Temple) Ilford, 400 High Road, Ilford IG1 1TL 10am-3pm

Monday 20 November, Wednesday 22 November, Friday 24 November:
• Moorfields Eye Hospital, EC1V 2PD 9.30am-3pm

Thursday 23 November
• UCLPartners, 170 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7HA 1-2pm

AHSN’s feature at Patient-Centred Pharmacy event

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AHSN’s feature at Patient-Centred Pharmacy event

It’s fast approaching the Pharmacy Management National Forum which has chosen Patient-Centred Pharmacy as its theme. The forum, which is free to NHS delegates, focuses not only on the use of medicines but also their impact on patient care and the resources of the NHS. The event, which is in its sixth year, is on 10 November and returns to the Novotel Conference Centre in West London

The forum is supported this year by a number of contributions from Academic Health Science Networks around the country. The day allows a choice of Satellite Sessions from a selection of 24, plus ample time in the Innovation Zone where colleagues will be demonstrating their advances.

The Health Innovation Network is providing the following sessions:

  • Patient Centred inhaler technique assessment and adherence support led by pharmacists using RightBreathe – Mandeep Butt and Dr Azhar Saleem
  • AF work being developed nationally by all the AHSNs – Helen Williams
  • An experience based co-design approach to pharmacy services – Catherine Dale
  • “Walk in my Shoes” – an experiential learning exchange project between GPs and Pharmacists – Cleo Butterworth

Yorkshire and Humber AHSN:

  • Polypharmacy Project (Funded by the Health Foundation) – Tony Jamieson & Chris Ranson

Innovation Agency:

  • Electronic Transfers of Care to Community Pharmacy – Learning from regional adoption – Andrew Shakeshaft (Head of Programmes, Innovation Agency, Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast); Hassan Argomandkhah (NHSE and Chair of LPN Merseyside); Matt Harvey (Chief officer, Liverpool Pharmaceutical Committee); Kevin Noble (Managing partner Pinnacle Health Partnership) and Sally Wright (Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University)

The full list of the sessions can be found here.

Implementation Science Masterclass

Implementation Science Masterclass

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The Implementation Science Masterclass is a two-day course for health professionals, researchers, patients and service users who aim to ensure health services routinely offer treatment and care that is based on the most recent research evidence and quality improvement principles.

The Masterclass includes lectures from world-renowned experts in the field, small group workshops facilitated by leading researchers, and advice on how to work more effectively on your own implementation projects. If you are a researcher, health professional, patient or service user involved in an implementation project within health services, or planning to carry out, or to evaluate one, then this Masterclass will be of interest to you.

The Masterclass is organised by CLAHRC South London, a research organisation working to improve health services and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

When: Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 July 2017
Where:
King’s College London’s Waterloo Campus
Cost and register: The course fees are £475. Email clahrcshortcourses@kcl.ac.uk  to register your interest. Further details about how to book will be available in early 2017.

Find out more here.

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