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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

11th March 2022

Hello and welcome

Welcome to 5 on Friday, our stakeholder bulletin for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The bulletin will help you to keep up to speed with what is happening in the local NHS.  Please do share with your networks to help us reach as many people as possible.  

Please give us feedback and tell us what you want to know more about. If you have any questions or would like to ask about a topic please email us at:
PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk.

1. Getting your Covid-19 jab this weekend


There are plenty of opportunities to get your Covid-19 vaccine in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) this weekend.

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. From today and over the weekend (11-13 March), vaccines will be available at St George’s Shopping Park, Leicester and outside Morrisons at Coalville. People can drop in any time between 9am and 5pm, for first, second, third and 1st booster doses. Today the clinics are for ages 16 plus 9am-3pm and 12 plus between 3pm-5pm  and tomorrow and Sunday they are for ages 12 plus.

The drive-through vaccination clinic also continues at County Hall (Leicester Road, Glenfield, LE3 8RA) and is open every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm.  First, second, third and 1st booster doses are available to the following:
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  Age 16+ between 11am-3pm and Age 12+ between 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Age 12+
There are still many other opportunities to get a Covid-19 vaccine this weekend. Further walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations and booked appointments are offered in some cases as indicated:
 

Friday 11th March

  • St George’s Shopping Park, LE1 1SG, 9am-5pm (Age 16+ 9am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-5pm) 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Morrison’s, Coalville, LE67 3 JN, 9am-5pm (Age 16+ 9am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-5pm) 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Hinckley Leisure Centre 12pm-7pm (Age 16+ 12pm-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-7pm)  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Groby Road Medical Centre, 9 Groby Rd, Leicester LE3 9ED. 10am-6pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose. 
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 10am-5.30pm.(Age 16+ 10am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-5.30pm)  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd,  LE5 3GH. (9am-3pm Age 16+,   3pm-6.30pm Age 12+)  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester LE3 1BL (2pm-3pm Age 16+ & 3pm-6pm Age 12+)  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Charnwood Borough Council, 9am-12.30pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 3.15pm-7.15pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Delivery Pharmacy, Hinckley LE10 3BP 9am-1pm & 1.30-5.25pm, Age 18+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ. (Age 16+ 9am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-6pm)  1st, 2nd, or 1st booster dose
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre (Age 16+ 10am-3pm & Age 12+ 3pm-6pm)  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose

Saturday 12th March

  • St George’s Shopping Park, LE1 1SG, 9am-5pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Morrison’s, Coalville, LE67 3 JN, 9am-5pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Groby Road Medical Centre, 9 Groby Rd, Leicester LE3 9ED. 9am-7pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose. 
  • St Hilda’s, Ling Dale, East Goscoste LE7 3XW 9.30am-1.30pm, Age 12+   1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd,  LE5 3GH. (9am-3pm Age 12+)  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9.15am-2.45pm Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Charnwood Borough Council, 9.30am-4.30pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Leicester General Hospital, 8.30am-3.30pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-3.15pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Peepul Centre, 8.15am-3.15pm. 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • The Kube, Oadby Racecourse, 10am-2.50pm. 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ. Age 12+ 9am-1pm,  1st, 2nd, or 1st booster dose
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre (Age 12+ 10am-6pm)  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Coalville Hospital, 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.

Sunday 13th March

  • St George’s Shopping Park, LE1 1SG, 9am-5pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Morrison’s, Coalville, LE67 3 JN, 9am-5pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd,  LE5 3GH. (10am-4pm Age 12+)    1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st Boosters.
  • Melton Sports Village, 9am-4pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster doses.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am-3.30pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre (Age 12+ 10am-6pm)  1st, 2nd or 1st booster dose
  • Coalville Hospital, 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose.
For the full list of walk-in clinics and for more details visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

2. Pregnant women urged to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Pregnant women are being urged to get vaccinated as the latest data reinforces previous findings on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy.

These latest findings from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that vaccinated women who gave birth between January and October 2021 had a low risk of stillbirth, low birthweight and premature birth compared to women who were not vaccinated in pregnancy.

This also supports statements made by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) that there is no evidence to suggest that any Covid-19 vaccines used in England are unsafe for pregnant women, and there is no evidence that they will cause any problems for women wanting to become pregnant in the future.

In addition to this new research funded by Wellbeing of Women and The National Institute of Health Research found that severe Covid-19 infection in pregnant women, particularly in the third trimester, significantly increased the risk of giving birth early, having an induction or a Caesarean, having a stillborn baby or a baby that needed intensive care.

To find out where you can get a Covid-19 vaccine in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

If you remain unsure about the Covid-19 vaccine, please speak to your GP, obstetrician, midwife, or a healthcare professional.

For more information on the latest research visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/2022/03/08/pregnant-women-in-the-midlands-urged-to-get-vaccinated-as-latest-data-reinforces-safety-of-covid-19-vaccine/.

3. NHS staff to be honoured at Parliamentary Awards

Local MPs are being asked to nominate health and care workers for the part they played in the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the annual NHS Parliamentary Awards.

The new category recognises the efforts of NHS staff and volunteers, who have gone the extra mile for patients and their families during the pandemic.

MPs are now searching for nominations to submit and want to hear about outstanding individuals in their local area, who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference.

Those working in health and care are being invited to write to their MP to ask them to nominate colleagues for an award.  Members of the public can also ask their MPs to nominate someone who may have cared for them, a friend or a family member during the pandemic.

The nomination process closes at midnight on Wednesday 6th April 2022.  We would advise people to submit their nomination suggestions to their MP's at least two weeks before the nomination window closes to give MPs time to review.

More information on the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2022 can be found here: https://nhsparliamentaryawards.co.uk/.

4. High street pharmacies help people to quit smoking 


This week to coincide with No Smoking Day (Wednesday 9th March) the NHS announced that every pharmacy in England will be able to offer stop smoking support to patients when they are discharged from hospital.

The new offer means that smokers who are admitted to hospital and encouraged to quit can get help from their nearest chemist as well as being able to choose the site that is most convenient for them.

Patients will have the opportunity to arrange a convenient face-to-face or remote appointment with the pharmacist for up to 12 weeks and ongoing supplies of the medicine they need to help them quit will be supplied free of charge.

To find out more visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/2022/03/high-street-pharmacies-help-people-stub-out-smoking/.

 

5. Loneliness: Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters have launched a new campaign to target loneliness. The campaign aims to reach 18-24 year olds, following recent research that shows that people in this demographic are at higher risk of feeling lonely compared to other age groups, but less likely to seek advice and support.

The pandemic has been an unsettling time for everyone, and many people may still feel disconnected, and will feel comfortable with different things, even now restrictions have ended.

The campaign encourages people to take simple actions that can feel easier, by offering to help someone else who may be feeling lonely. These include:
  • Checking in with a family member, friend or neighbour by sending a text or giving them a call to see how they are doing.
  • Reaching out to someone to suggest catching up over a tea or coffee
  • Inviting someone to join you in getting some fresh air and going for a walk.
Find more advice and support by visiting the Loneliness page on the Every Mind Matters website
or searching EveryMindMatters/Loneliness.

Extra: International Women’s Day

On Tuesday (8th March) we celebrated International Woman’s Day. 

This year’s theme was crossing out the bias and to mark the day the LLR CCGs’ executive team reflected on their experiences as female leaders and asked that we take time to reflect on the women in our life that have inspired, supported, and encouraged us.  
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