Your health your story
By telling us your story we can put your needs at the centre of planning health services in Southwark. You can tell us about your experience of using local health services or what it is like to be affected by a health condition. We will use your feedback to improve the services that you use.
You can also call the Patient and Public Engagement Team for more information about how to get involved in our work on 020 7525 7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Case study 1: Long term conditions
Hi, my name is Tina Thorpe, I am 56 years old and I live in Southwark.
I have a range of complex issues that have led to me having metabolic syndrome. This includes obesity, Type two diabetes, high blood pressure, stage two chronic kidney disease and also retinopathy.
I also suffer from Lupus which makes me much more vulnerable to conditions.
Click here to read about Tina's life with multiple long term conditions.
Case study 2: Mental health
Michael has a long and extensive psychiatric history, including a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. For many years he has lived with anxiety about dying as well as feeling that his body is closing down on him. Michael has panic attacks, which can last for up to two hours. Michael used to 'self-assess' his mood and report it to be 1, on scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest.
Michael's mental health is challenged by the impact of his physical health. He has renal failure and attends dialysis three times a week, he has a history of not attending these appointments due to anxiety. Michael also has poor eye sight as well as being type two diabetic. At the moment he is clinically obese.
Click here to read more about how Michael's health is improving after support from community based care staff.