Newsletter 7.


Aylesbury Surgery Health and Engagement Forum April 2018

Aylesbury Surgery Health &

Engagement Forum – Community

Health Walk

Aylesbury Surgery Health & Engagement Forum continues to strive to

expand its programs and offerings to the community. We hope that you will

be able to join us in supporting the community spirit and take part in one

or more of the many exciting events that we are offering this year and

experience first-hand the pride we take in supporting our Community.

Aylesbury Surgery Health & Engagement Forum invites you to participate in

the Community Health Walk. The health walk will take place on Sunday the

24th June 2018. The health walk is for the benefit of the community to bring

everyone together and raise awareness of health benefits of walking.

Exercising can be daunting experience for many, but this doesn’t have to be

so. The simplest form of exercise can be simply a short brisk walk. Walking

is simple, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and

become healthier and it costs nothing. If you’re feeling up to some physical

activity, walking can really help you to feel better.

Inside This Issue

Community Health Walk ------------- 1

Community Clean up ---------------- 2

Helpful tips ----------------------------


John Taylor Hospice –

Plans The Way ahead ----------------- 3

Permission to Smile –

Street Association ------------------------- 4

Alzheimer’s Society ------------------- 5

Kingstanding Neighbourhood

Police team -------------------------- 6

Overcome Fear of visiting GP ----- 7

Kid’s Corner ---------------------------- 8

Easter Bonnet Competition ---------- 9

Aylesbury Surgery Health and

Engagement Forum meeting ------ 10

Did you Know ------------------------ 11

Isolation is a growing concern amongst all ages, by joining others walking

can turn out to be a way to meet people, get active and find motivation.

There are many advantages of walking. Going for a brisk walk regularly

can help your physical health as well as mental health. Walking is a great

way to improve your fitness and health.

If you have heart problems, you've been diagnosed with heart

disease or you're recovering from a heart attack, walking is a gentle

way to start getting active.

If you have asthma, improving your fitness can be a great way for

you to increase your lung capacity and help you to relax. Walking is

a great way to improve your fitness.

Moderate exercise is great for people with Type 2 diabetes. It helps

you to control your blood sugar levels, watch your body weight and

fight fatigue. And walking is a great way to get more active.

A great way to meet and make new friends and catch up with old


So why not join us, it will be a great fun day. Refreshments and support

will be provided along the way. So don’t miss out.


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Community Clean up - McDonalds

This was a community event to raise

awareness about the damage litter does

to our local area, environment, our

children, wildlife and pets. It’s also great

exercise for all ages and abilities and a

chance to do something good in your


As part of the community clean- up

projects in Kingstanding, organised by


Volunteers lead by team leader Donna

Richards have been carrying out a

community clean up in and around

Kingstanding. They did a wonderful job at

Aylesbury Surgery cleaning up the

grounds and sprucing the trees and also

helped give the gates a new coat of paint.

So thank you team and keep up the good


Donna Richards

Advice from me for readers

Follow these steps to stop a nosebleed:

Sit up straight and tip your head slightly forward. ...

Use your thumb and forefinger to firmly pinch

the soft part of your nose shut. ...

Apply an ice pack to your nose and cheeks. ...

Keep pinching for a full 10 minutes. ...

Check to see if your nose is still bleeding

after 10 minutes.

Mr Rajash


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John Taylor Hospice Plans The Way Ahead

Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice is aiming to reach more

local families as it launches The Way Ahead, its new Three

Year Strategic Plan.

The hospice, which has been at the heart of the city for more

than 100 years, will achieve its aim by extending the hours of

its Hospice at Home service which cares for people at end of

life in their own homes, updating its day service and

introducing new clinics.

An expert in providing care to people with a range of

conditions including motor neurone disease and multiple

sclerosis, John Taylor will also expand its non-cancer

provision, ensuring more people with terminal illnesses can

receive help when, how and where they need it.

Hospice CEO Penny Venables said: “We are really proud of

our three year strategy which will help us achieve our mission

of a compassionate and dignified death for all.

“We know that John Taylor Hospice can make all the

difference as people approach end of life and we are

determined to ensure that care is available for more and

more people in the future.”

The strategy document, which is available to view or

download on the hospice website,


also sets out the hospice’s plans to increase income by

opening shops and supporting fundraisers in organising


“Like most hospices, we receive funding from the NHS but we

also need the financial support of people and businesses to

ensure we can provide the care we know local families need,”

said Penny.

And John Taylor, which was a pathfinder for the national

Hospice UK Open Up Hospice Care campaign last year, is

also committed to changing society’s perceptions around

death and dying.

“The more society talks about death and dying, the more

people will demand specialist care which meets their needs,”

added Penny. “As a hospice, we have an essential part to

play locally and nationally in ensuring end of life care

remains a critical part of healthcare funding. We’re also

building partnerships with other health providers including

hospices to meet local need.”

John Taylor Hospice was founded in 1910 and became part

of the NHS in 1948, becoming independent in 2011. It

provides care for local families at its hospice in Erdington and

in the local community Services include its In-Patient Unit,

Living Well Centre which provides day services, Well-Being

Service and Community Teams including Physiotherapists,

Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists and Patient and Family

Support Worker.

Penny added: “Our mission is to provide specialist care for

people living with a terminal illness and their families and we

need to respond to an every changing health environment.

The Way Ahead - Our Three Year Strategic Plan provides us

with the tools to do that. It is an exciting time for us and we

look forward to the changes we will be making to bring our

specialist care to more local families.”


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Permission to Smile

Working on the outer estates (as we do, through

Street Associations), it is clear that one of the major

barriers to local people working together for the

common good is that it has come to seem

'inappropriate' to greet and even smile at people you

don't know. Even people who live on the same street

tend to 'keep themselves to themselves', looking down

as they pass each other. On the other hand, as public

services recede, there is more need than ever for

people to come together to do things with and for

each other - such as forming a young mums' group, a

youth club, street association, neighbourhood watch,

seniors' fellowship, English conversation group and so

on. You don't need the council to make these things

happen! Meanwhile, social isolation gets ever more

entrenched without simple opportunities for social

contact - and a sense of 'permission' to engage with

others. The campaign, 'Permission to Smile', to be

launched across Birmingham on 14 th April 2018, will

seek to address this fundamental reticence,

encouraging people to smile, engage and then act

together, building on the success of the Birmingham

‘Love your Neighbour’ campaign. With the help of

Birmingham 'multipliers' already backing the campaign,

including Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, BVSC,

Birmingham Civic Society, BCU School of Media,

Birmingham Mail, faith groups and others, and with

strong support from the City Council, we want the

Permission to Smile concept to be everywhere! Might

you help with this? Opportunities to engage will


• putting up a banner (ideal for churches, council sites


• backing our social networking (to be managed by

BCU's School of Media)

• helping distribute window/car stickers

• telling everyone about P2S• Helping us fundraise

(and backing our crowd-funding when it happens).

Our social networking 'warm-up' campaign will start in

January, with willing 'ambassadors' encouraged to sign

up to support the launch. 14th April event will involve

a big block of ice in the city centre (2m x 2m!) with

the logo frozen inside:

Social warming @#permissiontosmile - all on a yellow

background. 45 School of Media students, with yellow

T-shirts bearing the same logo, will encourage

passersby to take selfies with the ice block, instantly

spreading the message around their social networks.

There’ll also be a ‘flash-mob’ in the shape of a

massive smile! We're equally looking to partner

organisations to put the message out to their contacts

on the same weekend, with businesses, faith groups

and others asked to send it on to their contacts.

There will be a schools programme, with speciallydevised

assemblies and citizenship lessons. The

website,, will have a

countdown from January, with a brief explanation of

the concept. On launch-day, the full website will go

live, with 'how to' downloads on starting local groups

of all kinds. A new App, based on Google Maps, will

enable interested people to register their name and

address, putting (anonymously) a pin on the map. They

can then see which other pins have appeared on the

map in the same neighbourhood, click on each one

and start a group chat – thus enabling 'needles in the

haystack' to find each other! This has great potential,

but needs similarly great commitment and support from

key Birmingham organisations and individuals, however

big or small their own networks.

People-power will drive this. We hope you will agree

that this is needed and want to help make it happen.

It would

be great to hear from you! Martin Graham c/o Street

Associations, PO Box 16995, Birmingham B2 2FE

0121 440 8600 / 07931 282716.


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Alzheimer’s Society

There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in

the UK. However, many people are worried about

visiting their GP but it is important to seek help if you

are concerned about your memory or someone else’s

memory. There a number of treatment options

available for Alzheimer’s disease which can prove

effective in slowing down the progress of the disease.

Carers would be supported to put mechanisms in place

for both themselves and their loved ones in coping

with the day-to-day challenges and preparing for the


Dementia Support Service

The Society’s Dementia Support Service is for people

living with dementia, carers and families. Once referred

to our one-to-one service we can offer information and

practical guidance face to face, over the telephone or

in writing to suit the needs of individuals. Advice and

support can range from:-

• Supporting people in understanding their


• Caring and coping strategies

• Keeping safe at home

• Social inclusion / peer support

• Referrals to other specialist services i.e. Social

Worker / Occupational Therapy

• Eating and drinking

• Respite care

• Legal and financial – i.e. Lasting Power of

Attorney / claiming benefits

• Keeping active

• Emotional support – allowing people to talk

about how they feel about their condition / their

situation / understanding dementia Side by Side

From joining a local club, going to the football, or just

going for a stroll in the park - Side by Side is a new

Alzheimer's Society service which helps people with

dementia to keep doing the things they love and get

out and about with the support of a volunteer.

This support can make it easier for people with

dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it

difficult to leave their homes and to feel part of their

local community. The service is highly flexible and built

around the individual and their needs. The Side by

Side service aims to:

• Enable people with dementia to lead fulfilling


• Reduce isolation and loneliness in people with


• Ensure people with dementia are not excluded

from services and activity, and are able to remain

active and involved in their communities.

• Empower people with dementia to develop their

own solutions and responses to meet their identified

needs and wishes.

• Support people with dementia to identify their

own personal talents, strengths and capabilities.

• Develop and encourage community-based

informal support networks for people with dementia.

We also have group services such as Dementia Cafes,

Singing for the Brain Groups, Activity Groups and a

Carers Group. These groups aim to provide

opportunities for peer support, discussion and

expression in stimulating social environments.

If you are going through a diagnosis process or have

been diagnosed with dementia and would like support

please contact the Birmingham and Solihull office at

0121 706 4052 or email


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Kingstanding Neighbourhood

Police team newsletter spring 2018.

FACT: sheds attract


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Yes, it’s spring! Time to get out into the garden, open the up the

shed and fetch out those trusty garden tools that you use to keep

your garden looking great.

Wait, the sheds already open, where’s my mower?

Yes your shed has been burgled Sheds now days are full of all sorts

of valuable items , so protect it, fit a good lock, shed alarms are

available , consider good security property marking of items E.G

Smart water . Make sure it’s hard for thieves to get into your back

garden, lock the gate, fix the fence, use anti climb paint, fit Pricka

strip consider CCTV the list goes on. Of course once thieves are into

your back garden not only is your shed vulnerable, but so is your

house. For more advice visit:

West Midlands Police are working to increase the number of

Neighbourhood Watch schemes across the force area. Here in

Kingstanding we are very keen to set up some schemes. We are looking for residents who

are keen to set up a watch scheme as either a coordinator or a member. Such a group is

very effective when working together to protect each other’s properties at all times by

reporting anything suspicious that may happen in your neighbourhood. We are committed to

working in partnership with local watch schemes by sharing info and holding local meetings,

and the distribution of crime prevention advice. If you are interested please

To contact us in an emergency call: 999. For non-emergency call: 101.

Or visit:


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Overcome Fear of visiting the Doctors

A Surgery Visit by Children from Christ

the King School in Kingstanding

The weather was cold and it was snowing heavy

but this did not deter the children and the

teachers of Christ the King School from making

their way to visit to the Aylesbury Surgery.

On the 28 th February 2018 the Children from

Christ the King School, reception class 1 and class

2 visited Aylesbury surgery in Kingstanding.

The Children were given a short talk by the

Practice Manager Mr Raj Mehta on not to be

afraid of going to the Doctors and how doctor

and nurses can help people.

Mr Mehta, with the help of one the teachers also

gave the children a small demonstration on how

the doctor checks for blood pressure and shown

other equipment used at the surgery and their


The children were then given a chance to ask

questions. All the children eagerly raised hands and

joined in. It was interesting to see the surgery

through the eyes of the children. The children were

very well behaved and a credit to their teachers and


No child loves going to the doctor, but some children

are petrified. It's no surprise, considering that most

kids don't like, the fact that there's a chance they

might get an injection. We hope that this visit will let

these children know what to expect before going to

the doctors and know that their next visit to the GP

surgery does not need to be such a massive ordeal.

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The Children of Christ the King School have kindly sent

us articles of their experience of their visit to Aylesbury


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Easter Bonnet Competition

Winner of the Easter Bonnet

competition Julia from Reception at

Christ the King School in Kingstanding

Each year, Christ the King School hold a Easter Bonnet

parade at the school and Dr Bhomra and Mr Mehta are

both invited to choose a winner for the most creative

Easter Bonnet made by the children.

This year the winner of the Easter Bonnet competition

was Julia in Reception. Creativity flowed through out

the School. It was difficult to choose a winner as the

competition was fierce. The winning bonnet on the left

was chosen a winner.

Well done to all the children who took part.

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Aylesbury Surgery Health and Engagement Forum , 28 th March 2018

The forum meeting took place on

Wednesday 28 th March at 2.00pm.

We are happy to say that we had a great

turnout.. It was our privilege to meet with

the members of the KFC, Princes Trust,

Alzheimer's Society, and Street Association.

It is always great to hear from members of

organisation new and old.

The Forum has become a gateway for

everyone to meet and exchange

information, get involved and raise

awareness of issues that affect us all.

It is the aim of the forum to introduce

organisations and services by doing so get

people better connected into the

community and ensuring services meet the

specific needs of the people in the


Members of local organisations

and community members

Above is Mr Raj Mehta

(chairman of the Forum

Team Leader Michael Wall and Ingrid

Ludolph (Programme Executive) with their

team that is training under the Princes Trust

in Birmingham

Kerry McGrath (right) – John

Taylor Hospice

Above Victoria

Bixby of New


On the left is Lynne


representing Elim

Life Church Food

Bank ,Kingstanding

Below Martin

Graham from

Street Association

Sergeant Simon Hensley

representing 'kingstanding westmidland


Carol Bowsher (Right) with

Colleague from the Alzheimer’s


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Did you know ?

An Upside Down World

Your brain sees the world upside down. When the rods and cones of

your retina send an image to the brain—say you’re looking at a tree—

the image that gets transmitted to the brain is upside down. The brain

automatically rotates the image in its visual cortex. Babies learn to do

this early on. It’s so automatic, you do not know you’re doing it.

You Cannot Tickle Yourself

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Kirrpal Danjaul

PA to Mr Raj Mehta

Aylesbury Surgery

Health & Engagement

Forum’s next meeting

will be on the 27 th of

June 2018

You cannot tickle yourself. There have been some lame explanations

for this, stating that since your brain knows you’re tickling yourself, it

does not respond the same way. Since it is possible to pinch yourself,

that argument does not hold up. The medical mystery is that even the

most ticklish person cannot tickle themselves.


Human hair is tough. It’s the reason it clogs drains. While human hair

can be burnt, it is not much affected by water, cold, heat, climate

changes, wear and tear, or natural decay. It even resists many kinds

of acids and chemicals.

To cool down, drink something hot

It might sound counterproductive, but if you want to cool down, then

drink something hot., as the drink is hotter than your body

temperature, it triggers a sweat response in the body that more than

compensates for the increase. So although it might initially make you

feel hotter, a hot drink will cause you to sweat more and therefore the

body effectively cools itself quicker.

If anyone has any ideas or projects they would like for us to consider that

would help the community. Please get in touch with us, we would love to

meet you. Come join us at our next meeting or send us an article for our

newsletter, join us and help make a


In the meantime we would like to wish

everyone a Happy Easter It is a time of love,

peace, reflection, regeneration and Hope.

Let us unite and build a better future.

Days and Events to remember 2018

Easter bonnet competition April - 2018

Health Walk – 24 th June 2018

Diwali - day to be confirmed - November 2018

Christmas toy appeal December 2018

Christmas tree Decoration Competition –

December 2018

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