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Grenfell: Six months on

Read our series exploring how, six months on from the Grenfell Tower fire, a nurse-led team is caring for the needs of this community in north-west London

Grenfell Tower outreach team member Sandra Ifidon Osagiede
Grenfell Tower outreach team member Sandra Ifidon Osagiede
Picture: Barney Newman

The Grenfell Tower fire began in the early hours of 14 June 2017.

Its scale and subsequent tragedy soon sent shock waves around the world, and forced the north-west London community into the spotlight.

Nurses, healthcare workers, the NHS Grenfell Outreach team and many others have been at the centre of efforts to care for and support the people affected by the tragedy.

Our in-depth series explores some of their work in supporting the community and its people.

Outreach team members Mercy Banda, Sandra Ifidon Osagiede and Morine Jeffers-Murphy out on the estate
Picture: Barney Newman

Analysis

The team bringing hope of recovery to the community

A nurse-led mental health outreach team is working day and night to support a population overshadowed by tragedy.

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Grenfell witness Lucy Wood during her PTSD screening session with outreach team member Sandra Ifidon Osagiede
Picture: Barney Newman

Case study – Screening local residents for symptoms of PTSD

‘The main struggle is the anger in the area’

Local resident Lucy Wood and her young nephew were among thousands of witnesses to the tower block fire. She allowed Nursing Standard to sit in on her post-traumatic stress disorder screening with the outreach team.

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John Green and Claire Murdoch
Picture: David Gee

Podcast

On site with the nurse outreach teams

Hear from Grenfell chief psychologist John Green and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Claire Murdoch in this special episode of Nursing Standard podcast.

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John Green
Picture: David Gee

Nurse-led response

Finding and treating the bereaved and the witnesses

Outreach workers are attempting to trace all those who may be living with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

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Grenfell Tower
Picture: Getty

Timeline

Charting the healthcare response

How NHS and other healthcare professionals responded when the fire began, and in the months afterwards.

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SPA room
Picture: David Gee

Care contacts

Residents’ contacts with the NHS

The number and nature of Grenfell-related patient contacts with the NHS to date.

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Health and wellbeing support team meeting
Picture: Barney Newman

Gallery

Grenfell: 6 months on in pictures

Our photo gallery explores how the NHS Grenfell Outreach team is supporting the community and its people.

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If you feel personally affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, you can call the NHS Single Point of Access service on 0800 0234 650. Let the operator know you are calling as a result of the Grenfell fire. Alternatively, you can email cnw-tr.spa@nhs.net

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