Come along and meet your community healthcare team, 8th July in Hounslow

Join us at our Health Fair and Annual General Meeting – 8 July 2015

Members of the public at a health fair event

Members of the public are invited to attend the trust’s public health fair and Annual General Meeting, which takes place on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at Lampton Park Conference Centre, Hounslow Civic Centre.

The FREE health fair / marketplace event (which takes place prior to the trust’s annual general meeting) will showcase our wide range of our services – as well as those of other key local health providers in the Hounslow and Richmond area. 

The health stalls at the event will feature all of the latest developments in NHS community services and give local people the opportunity to meet the trust’s clinicians delivering key services across Hounslow and Richmond, find out more about what we do and offer local people – or to ask any questions. 

Improving services for patients with dementia in our community will be a key focus at the annual general meeting (AGM) itself – and the meeting will also off over local people the chance to find out about the trust’s performance over the last year and its range of community health services, or to ask questions to the health trust’s leaders. 

Trust chairman, Stephen Swords said: “The meeting is open to anyone interested in finding out how we are working to improve patient care across Hounslow and Richmond. At the AGM itself, there will be a particular focus on dementia, where local people can find out how the trust is developing services to better support those whose lives have been affected by dementia.”

Event details:

  • Where? Lampton Park Conference Centre, Hounslow Civic Centre
  • When?  Wednesday 8 July 2015


  • 5:30pm-7pm: Health fair and market place event
  • 7pm-8pm:  Annual General Meeting

For more information about this event, call  020 7973 3139 / 3143 or email

  Health Fair 2015: Information stalls at the event

Come along and meeting the teams to find out more about:

  • Speech & language therapy
  • Health visiting service and domestic violence support
  • District nursing 
  • Hounslow Community Recovery Service
  • Integrated Community Response Team
  • Hounslow Wheelchair and Posture Management Service
  • Children’s continuing care team – Hounslow
  • School nursing
  • Special Schools Nurse Service Hounslow
  • Information on Sickle cell and Thalasseamia during pregnancy
  • Patient Advice & Liaison Service
  • Radiology
  • Health & Wellbeing services- Hounslow & Richmond
  • Continence services
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Tissue viability
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Hounslow CCG
  • Healthwath Hounslow
  • West London Mental Health Trust
  • Oral health promotion team, Heart of Hounslow dental team

Weak grip can predict heart attacks.

Weak grip can predict heart attacks, researchers find

The strength of a patient’s grip is a better indicator of heart problems than BP, researchers have said.

Handshake: strength of grip predicts heart risk
Handshake: strength of grip predicts heart risk

People with a weak grip are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, and more likely to die of heart problems, the study in theLancet found.

The study authors, who followed almost 140,000 people for four years, say that testing grip would be a useful low-cost screening tool for doctors.

‘Grip strength could be an easy and inexpensive test to assess an individual’s risk of death and cardiovascular disease,’ said lead author Dr Darryl Leong from McMaster University, Canada.

Grip decline

Men from high-income countries had an average grip strength of 38.1kg, and women 26.6kg.

Every 5kg decline in grip strength was linked to a 17% increased risk of dying from heart problems, 9% higher stroke risk, and 7% higher heart attack risk.

The effect was seen across people in 17 countries of different ages, backgrounds and health conditions.

The researchers do not yet know how grip and heart problems may be related but said that weak grip indicates reduced muscle strength, which could signify underlying health problems.

‘Further research is needed to establish whether efforts to improve muscle strength are likely to reduce an individual’s risk of death and cardiovascular disease,’ Dr Leong said.

Bursts of vigorous exercise could improve health of the elderly

Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise have the potential to transform the health of elderly people, say researchers in Scotland.

A pilot study involving 12 pensioners showed going all-out in very short bursts, reduced blood pressure and improved general fitness over time.

The team at Abertay University believe it could help avert the “astronomical” costs of ill health in elderly people.

Experts said the study emphasised the benefits of exercise at any age.

High Intensity Training (HIT) has attracted a lot of attention for promising some of the same benefits as conventional exercise but in a much shorter time.

Instead of a comfortable half-hour jog or a few miles on the bike, HIT involves pushing yourself to your limits for a short period of time.

The team in Scotland say they were conducting the first trials in older people.

Get a sweat on

A group of pensioners came into the lab twice a week for six weeks and went hell for leather on an exercise bike for six seconds.

They would allow their heart rate to recover and then go for it again, eventually building up to one minute of exercise by the end of the trial.

“They were not exceptionally fast, but for someone of that age they were,” researcher Dr John Babraj said.

The results, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, showed participants had reduced their blood pressure by 9%, increased their ability to get oxygen to their muscles and found day-to-day activities like getting out of a chair or walking the dog easier.

Dr Babraj told the BBC the benefits could be huge: “We’ve got an ageing population and if we don’t encourage them to be active, the economic burden of that is going to be astronomical.

“A lot of diseases are associated with sedentary behaviour – like cardiovascular disease and diabetes – but if we can keep people active and functioning then we can reduce the risk.

“Also on the social side, they are less likely to be socially active and will interact with people more.”

More than 10 million people in the UK are over 65 and that figure is set to rise.

Dr Babraj says older people struggle to exercise as many are full-time carers, but argues High Intensity Training would be easier to fit in.

He said people could try it at home, but should see their doctor first to ensure there were no underlying health issues.

“Then the easiest way to do it yourself is to run up a hill, the steeper the hill, the harder it’s going to be, give it everything you’ve got for six seconds.”


There is an argument that short and strenuous exercise may be safer than conventional exercise.

A higher heart rate and blood pressure caused by exercise can be a trigger for heart attacks and stroke.

Dr Babraj said running for a long time “puts a greater strain on the heart overall” even if it is worked harder in the short-term in High Intensity Training.

Larger trials are now planned.

Dr Adam Gordon, a consultant and honorary secretary of the British Geriatrics Society, told the BBC: “This is a brilliant, fantastic piece of work challenging assumptions about what the right type of exercise is in old age, but I’d encourage them to investigate the benefits in even older and even more frail people.

“The broad message is that you’re never too old, too frail, too ill to benefit from exercise, as long as it’s carefully chosen.

“We know even into your 80s and 90s there’s a benefit from developing a very slight sweat by exercising on multiple occasions per week.”

BBC News