Welcome to our July newsletter

It’s terribly British to talk about the weather; but we have been having such untypical weather over the last few weeks I would like to take this opportunity to remind us that while many people enjoy the heat, there can be serious health consequences especially over prolonged periods, with vulnerable groups particularly at risk.

You can find some excellent NHS tips for coping in hot weather here along with other useful insights. Probably one of the most important pieces of advice is to check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

The big event this month was of course the 70th anniversary of the NHS and there was no shortage of celebration across Surrey Heartlands.  One of the highlights was our fabulous choir concert that saw 14 choirs perform in front of hundreds of people at G Live in Guildford. I’d like to add my personal thanks to everyone who came and helped raise £2000 for the local cancer charity The Fountain Centre.

As well as lots of local events across our partner organisations the Surrey Advertiser also published four pages of local NHS heroes – 70 no less! – which was a great opportunity to showcase the breadth of staff working across health and care and the fantastic work they do.  You can still read the feature here.  A few lucky colleagues also had the opportunity to attend the national celebrations at Westminster Abbey and York Minster on the day which were very special occasions.

In the meantime, enjoy the best of the weather.

With very best wishes,

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands