Resources for our Bengali patients

Are you of Bengali origin? This webpage has been made to help you get the best from the practice and the local services.

You may ask why? 65% of all our Bengali patients now have access to their records – that’s almost 1000 people. Many of the patients who have signed up for online services have done this on behalf of family members who may not understand English and on whom they rely upon. This webpage is to try to help you get the most from the practice.

Why have we built this webpage?

  • To inform you about what help is available for you and your loved ones to use for your health and wellbeing
  • To help you get the best from the practice and the wider NHS
  • To tell you how others are benefiting from the services now available
  • To bring together in one place a variety of Bengali / Sylheti resources for you to use
  • Please tell us about any other resources you may be aware of so that we can add to this list. 

What can you do to get the best from the practice?

  • Sign up for access to your records and invite others to do the same. 
  • To sign up, you have to complete an online questionnaire and also get the pin numbers to register by speaking to your doctor, nurse, health care assistant or the receptionist
  • Please speak to the reception staff if you would like to know more or send an email to [email protected]
  • Shafia can meet with you on a Thursday afternoon if you would like to talk to her in Bengali. Please tell us if you plan to see her so that we can warn her before hand. 
  • If you know your loved one (family member) cannot speak / read English then it is even more important you ask them if you can help. Please speak to your doctor or nurse who can advise you on how to help. If you are still unsure what to do then ask to speak to Dr Hannan so that he may talk to you and your family member. We are keen to help you as best as we can.
  • Hyde Community Action and Hyde Bangladeshi Welfare Association may be able to help you too. 
  • See leaflets from the Bengali Women’s Health Project
  • Can you help us and join our Patient Participation Group – we are keen for others to join us? 

What risks are Bengali patients at greater risk of?

What to do when you are unwell?

What To Do When You’re Unwell – Bengali version

The Healthy Trainer Service is available to help you. Ask the receptionist if you need any further help

10 tips for a healthy Asian diet / Healthy Eating Bengali Cuisine / British Heart Foundation – Healthy eating

Do a Health Pledge today and make a small difference which could have a big impact for you tomorrow!

Hyde Community Action provide lots of activities including:

  • Conversational classes
  • Basic computer classes
  • Job club / employment support
  • Introduction to volunteering
  • Mohilar Asha – Bengali women’s well-being and social group
  • Arts club
  • Kreativ Kraftz
  • Ladies walking groups in Hyde Central and Newton
  • Low level Zumba classes
  • Volunteering
  • Baking classes
  • Tea and Walk
  • Arm chair exercise

Click here to see the latest information as things change periodically. Hyde Community Action also works with the Health Trainers and have a dedicated bi-lingual worker to help you access the right service for you. Please contact Fouzia at the centre on 0161 368 3268

See below for specific resources that you may find helpful

Learn about the Women’s CHAI Project (based in Oldham)

Care, Help And Inspire

Download the free book “Chapatti & Chat – Food made with love” developed with the support of Oldham Council to help raise awareness and creatively educate in the prevention of diabetes in adults from South Asian communities

Follow Najma Khalid & CHAI ladies via twitter or on Facebook

Young Bengali men were asked what health means for them. Watch the video and learn what it means

Many people have similar concerns about what is meant by “mental health”. Watch this video in Bengali and Sylheti with English subtitles which covers some very important issues.

A Bengali child died of asthma. Following this tragic event, the practice invited Dr Levy to come and talk about asthma in children, what it means, what to look out for and what to do if your child’s asthma worsens. There was a translator on hand so that you can watch what happened. Dr Hannan explains how the practice is supporting patients just like you. 

If you are in an abusive relationship or know somebody that may be then there is help available. Saheli is a voluntary organisation that has been set up to help people who are frightened and abused and need help.