Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 22 (Spring 2019)

Barnet Seniors Insider 22 PDF (Spring 2019) is now available to download here (PDF 1.2Mb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 22

  • Chase Farm has now reopened as ‘A hospital fit for the future’
  • From the look and feel of the new hospital, to the furniture and fixtures contained within, patients have been at the heart of this redevelopment.
  • Save the Date
  • The next Spring Assembly will be hosted at Woodhouse College on Wednesday 29th May 2019
  • Volunteers Needed
  • We (Barnet Seniors’ Association) are looking for a Secretary, an Events Co-ordinator and a Circulation Manager (three roles).
  • WIN £10 LOVE2SHOP Vouchers
  • We’re giving you the chance to win a £10 LOVE2SHOP Gift Voucher, with a wide choice of stores to shop, there is something for everyone. Details on the prize draw page.
  • ‘Did you know?’ Useful info!
  • Medicine expiry dates, Painkiller best practice, Will Aid 2019
  • Falls Clinic at Finchley Memorial Hospital
  • Barnet Falls Prevention Service helps to reduce the risk of falling. It is available free to anyone who has a fear of falling, has a history of falls or near misses plus lacks confidence with their balance and walking. This also applies if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.
  • Looking to the Future — Choices of Health Care in Barnet
  • NHS 111 phone support, Walk-in centres, Lloyds Pharmacy healthcare services, GP at hand
  • Support Hub — New for 2019
  • The Support Hub at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, for people with long term health conditions and their carers. There is more information about the Support Hub on this web site. Also see
  • Events and Days Out
  • Gardening, eating out, poetry, music and theatre.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Get Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • and mentions for…
  • The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 22 PDF.

Support Hub at the Royal Free Hospital

This is the full version of the article which appears in Insider 22

The Support Hub at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead opened in March 2018. It is the first of its kind in the UK based in a hospital. The Hub was co-produced by patients and carers as well as the Support Hub team and their volunteers. All decisions including the design of the centre, activities and services continues to be steered by this group. Its main purpose is to support patients with long term health conditions including their carers with welfare and benefit advice, exercise classes in the gym, informative talks, as well as a range of therapies and activities. The hub also runs a drop-in service, where patients can relax in the beautifully designed space, have a cup of tea and a chat with the charity’s trained volunteers, who can provide information on the services on offer. Anybody affected by a Long term condition such as arthritis, liver disease, heart disease and chronic pain can use the the Hub. It’s also common for poor mental health to be linked to patients with multiple long term health conditions especially once they reach over 60, and they can often be supported by the Hub by offering a listening ear and to meet other people with similar conditions.

People affected by Long term health conditions can also be affected financially, and the Support Hub can support people who need some advice. The Support Hub understands the impact of loneliness on long term health conditions so it is high on their agenda to offer support and care. They generally receive 100 visitors per week and up to 120 per week when exercise classes are planned. The Support Hub ethos is that if their users can leave feeling happier more in control of their situation and less lonely, they have succeeded.

A further new Support Hub is planned for Barnet to launch in Spring/Summer 2019. It will be located close to the High Street in High Barnet, making it more accessible by public transport, giving access to more patients and carers in the borough as well as offering more community links. If you are patient or a carer of of someone with a Long term condition having treatment at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, you can access the service. For further information contact the Support Hub on 02077940500 ext 39663

See also the Support Hub web page at