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Nurses on hand with mental health support at Notting Hill Carnival

Nurses and other health professionals delivered mental health information and advice to hundreds of people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy during the Notting Hill Carnival.
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Nurses and other health professionals provided mental health information and advice to hundreds of people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy during the Notting Hill Carnival.

Healthcare professionals spoke to more than 700 local residents over the Bank Holiday Weekend, handing out information about Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust's services for people affected by the fire in June, in which at least 80 people died.

More than 70 staff including nurses, consultants and occupational therapists took part, wearing bright orange NHS T-shirts to stand out from the crowd, as well as green wristbands to show solidarity with those affected by Grenfell.

Nurses and other health professionals provided mental health information and advice to hundreds of people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy during the Notting Hill Carnival.

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Anshu Rayan (left), associate chief pharmacist at Central and North West London NHS
Foundation Trust, and Caroline Frayne (right), lead nurse and safeguarding adviser
(addictions) were among those providing advice at the weekend
to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.  
 

Healthcare professionals spoke to more than 700 local residents over the Bank Holiday Weekend, handing out information about Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust's services for people affected by the fire in June, in which at least 80 people died.

More than 70 staff including nurses, consultants and occupational therapists took part, wearing bright orange NHS T-shirts to stand out from the crowd, as well as green wristbands to show solidarity with those affected by Grenfell.

They handed out crisis cards and stress balls to promote Single Point of Access, a telephone service providing advice on mental health or emotional support.

Helpful service

A carnival float also advertised pop-up clinics and information on how people could get in touch.

The team split into groups of two or three so they could engage with the community around the tower and along the carnival route.

They were also stationed at two mental health resource centre sites close to the route.

Nurse and trust chief executive Claire Murdoch said: 'Our staff were brilliant in their enthusiasm and sensitivity.

'I'm really proud of the team. They pounded the streets and saw hundreds of people throughout carnival, providing a really helpful service.'


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