Streatham High Practice kicked off the celebrations on Friday 6 July, partnering with the other surgeries in Gracefield Gardens for a day full of NHS-related activities, live singers and healthcare stalls.
Streatham Place Surgery also hosted a successful Tea Party for all members of the public on Friday 20 July 2018.
The event was well attended, mixed with members of the general public, registered patients, local healthcare providers and surgery staff.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet with old and existing staff members of the practise. The event was to celebrate the NHS turning 70 years old, and gave attendees the opportunity to have their shingles vaccinations. Patients also had access to refreshments.
The event provided a great platform for local healthcare services to engage with one another, promoting a holistic and community based approach to healthcare. The local services that attended were:
- Certitude, a charity that supports people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues. They provide support in a variety of ways, such as round the clock support, to independent living in the community.
- The London Ambulance Service, a service with 70 ambulance stations and 5,000 staff, making it the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK.
- Lambeth CCG, to spread information and advice on diabetes.
- Carers Hub, a charity offering services to anyone who provides unpaid care and support to a Lambeth resident. They offer advice, information, emotional support, and events.
- GoodGym, a local scheme which raises money by running to fund projects such as helping older people with tasks such as clearing gardens, making social visits to isolated older people and running in groups to do physical tasks for community organisations.
- Carers4Carers, a charity group run by carers and ex-carers, who offer care services for those who care for disabled, sick and elderly loved ones. Some of the services offered are a pampering programme, organised trips and picnics.
- Tennis2Be, a charity that is committed to ensuring tennis is enjoyed by a broad spectrum of participants, including disables and special needs players. This provides essential social engagement, and increases the wellbeing of the members.