Members’ events

Foundation Trust members are invited to 'Your Health' seminars

Join us for a free ‘Your Health’ Seminar

Our ‘Your Health’ seminars are delivered by clinicians on health topics that are of interest to our membership community, providing helpful information and advice.

This provides the opportunity for members to engage with the Trust in ways other than when just attending a hospital appointment and also this presents the opportunity for governors to meet their constituents and ensure that they represent the needs of their constituents. These health seminars alternate between the two sites.

Next event

How genetics is improving care for patients

Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 5–6pm

Conference Room, Education Centre
West Middlesex University Hospital
Twickenham Road
Isleworth, Middlesex
TW7 6AF

Previous events

Recognition of skin cancers and sun exposure advice

The number of patients presenting with skin cancer continues to increase. Over the hour Dr Fearfield gave some tips on what to look out for and how to stay safe in the sun.

Dr Fearfield spoke about the 3 main types of skin cancers. Namely: Basal Cell Carcinoma (commonest), Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. Common to all of these is presentation of a lesion that is actively growing and changing. Catching skin cancer early is key to help prevent any further problems.

All are in some way linked to excessive UV exposure, especially during childhood but also prolonged exposure, for example, if you work outdoors, covering up, using appropriate amounts of sun cream and avoiding the midday sun are useful preventative measures.

Dr Louise Fearfield is the Skin Cancer lead for Chelsea and Westminster and also works at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Getting to zero—how to end AIDS

Getting to Zero—how we have entered an age of effective HIV prevention

For many years now, people living with HIV have been able to enjoy a normal life expectancy with access to effective treatments. Importantly, effective HIV treatment also eliminates the risk of passing on the virus to others. For people at risk of HIV, there are now a number of effective ways of reducing the risk of acquiring HIV – through using condoms, of course, but also using medications such as PrEP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis).

If we can diagnose everyone living with HIV and provide them with effective treatment, and if we can deliver effective HIV prevention methods to people at risk of acquiring HIV, then there is a very real chance we can prevent new HIV infections, and prevent people with HIV from developing health complications.

Dr Michael Rayment is a consultant in sexual health at 10 Hammersmith Broadway, and is leading on the local implementation of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. This in depth talk highlighted details of the exciting work happening across London, the UK, and the globe.

How genetics is improving care for patients

From ‘one size fits all’ to ‘personalised medicine’ – how looking at your ‘Genome’ is rapidly changing medicine

We are all unique, and many of the factors that make our health, disease and response to treatments is defined in our genes and other DNA information; together called our genome.  Technology and knowledge have now advanced to a point that it is possible for doctors and scientists to use this genomic information in routine NHS care to improve the diagnosis of many conditions and target the treatment to the unique needs of patients, with better outcomes and less side effects.

Dr Kevin Monahan Consultant Gastroenterologist is spearheading the use of these technologies in his ‘Family History of Bowel Cancer’ clinics at WestMid and Chelwest as well as through participation in the 100,000 Genomes Project. In his presentation he shared details of the exciting work, and gave a preview of how medicine will look like in the near future.

Stroke

Our Stroke Specialist Nurse Ahlam Wynne gave an in depth talk on Stroke about how to recognise the signs of stroke, the different types and tips on maintaining our health. This event was held at West Middlesex.

Balancing confidentiality and access to data in our health and care system

Our Caldicott Guardian Professor Simon Barton spoke to members about balancing confidentiality and access to data in our health and care system.

Care of the elderly

This one-hour education event focused on caring for older people. Dr Philip Lee, a consultant in acute medicine and elderly care, talked to members about how the hospital helps older patients get better if they need to be in hospital and how we help them keep themselves well when at home.

Living with HIV

A free ‘Your Health’ event in partnership with the HIV Conversations project. The HIV Conversations project brings together a collection of interviews with people living with HIV. Silvia Petretti was diagnosed with HIV in 1997. Since 2005 she has been openly living with HIV because she believes it is a powerful tool to challenge the stigma and prejudices directed towards women living with HIV.

Diabetes: Introduction and update

Photo: Dr Rashmi Kaushal, Governor Philip Owen, Diabetes Specialist Nurse Parminder Rihal, Governor Martin Lewis and Dr Agnieszka Falinska

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust held its first ‘Your Health’ seminar in the Education Centre at West Middlesex University hospital on the topic of diabetes.

Men's Health—update and myth busting

Photo: Public Governor Philip Owen and Mr Nigel Borley

In the lead up to ‘Movember’ Mr Nigel Borley, Consultant Urologist, specialist in male genital surgery and council member of British Society of Sexual Medicine presented the latest in men’s health and answering questions from our members.

A pain clinic for Survivors of Torture

Dr Susan Childs, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Dr Bianca Kuehler, Speciality Doctor in Pain presented a seminar to our hospital members about the survivors of torture clinic and also pain management. 

 

 

 

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