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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

22nd April 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. Get children aged 5 and over vaxxed before schools reopen


With children aged 5 and over due to return to school next Monday, there’s still time to get them vaccinated against Covid, before the summer term begins.
 
Many more thousands of children, have continued to come forward for their vital Covid jab in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, during the second week of the Easter holidays.

This week, our local NHS team have been operating vaccination clinics from various sites, including GP practices, pharmacies, community centres, major shops, hospitals and  our drive-thru centre.
 
The drive-thru centre at County Hall in Glenfield will continue to be open this weekend, so that parents can take their children along, ahead returning to school next week. There are also a number of walk-in sites and pop-up clinics available, which are detailed below.
 

This weekend’s Covid-19 clinics


The drive-through vaccination clinic continues at County Hall (Leicester Road, Glenfield, LE3 8RA) and is open today and over the weekend between 10am and 7pm, to people aged 5+.

Next week the drive-through vaccination clinic will be open:
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  Age 16+ between 10am-3pm and Age 5+ between 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Age 5+ between 10am-7pm
All clinics offer first, second, third and 1st and 2nd booster doses.

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. This weekend vaccines will be available outside Lidl on Fosse Road North, Leicester and at St Luke’s Hospital, Market Harborough on the following days:

Melton Sports Village
  • Friday 22nd April
Lidl, Fosse Road North
  • Friday 22nd April
  • Saturday 23rd April
  • Sunday 24th April
St Luke’s Hospital, Market Harborough
  • Saturday 23rd April
  • Sunday 24th April
 
People can drop in daily between 11am-5pm for first, second, third and 1st and 2nd booster doses. Please note 2nd booster doses are by invite only.  

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:

Saturday 23rd April
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-5.30pm. Age 5+ 1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 9am-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 5+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby. Age 5+ 9am-1pm,  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Saffron Pharmacy, 501 Saffron Ln, Leicester LE2 6UL. 9am-12pm Age 12+ 1st or 2nd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Lidl Fosse Road at 217 Fosse Rd N, Leicester, LE3 5EZ. Age 5+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • St Luke’s Hospital Age 5+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Leicester General Hospital, (Age 12+ 8.30-4pm) 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary (Age 12+ 8.30am-4pm) 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ Age 5+ 9am-1pm 1st or 2nd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • County Hall Drive Thru, Age 5+yrs. 10am-6pm. 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-3.15pm, Ages 12+ (including clinically vulnerable ages 12-15)  1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP, UK, 8.15am-3.15pm, Ages 5-11 (including clinically vulnerable ages 5-11)  1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9.15am-2pm & 4pm-4.45pm Ages 12+  1st and 2nd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 2pm-4pm Ages 5-11,  1st doses
Sunday 24th April
  • Melton Sports Village. 9am – 2pm Age 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st booster dose. Walk-in or book in advance at https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$ZjL9KjVp0iLdbzSmIa5qNuxpic4sirQU5QbCAOF1OI/t9uot.zHGy 
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 5+ 12pm-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 5+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Lidl Fosse Road at 217 Fosse Rd N, Leicester, LE3 5EZ. Age 5+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • St Luke’s Hospital Age 5+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary Age 12+ 8.30am-4pm, 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • County Hall Drive Thru, Age 5+yrs. 10am-6pm. 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-11.15am, Ages 5-11 (including clinically vulnerable ages 5-11)  1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st boosters
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP, UK, 8.15am-3.15pm, Ages 12+ (including clinically vulnerable ages 12-15)  1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters
  • Feilding Palmer Hospital,  Gilmorton Rd, Lutterworth LE17 4DZ. 12.15-3.15pm, Ages 12+ (including clinically vulnerable ages 12-15)  1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters
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. CCG leader shortlisted for Asian Women of Achievement Award

We are thrilled to inform you that LLR CCGs’ Rachna Vyas, Executive Director of Integration and Transformation, has been shortlisted in the Public Service category of this year’s prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards will be presented at a national award ceremony that celebrates multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society.

The award ceremony will take place on Thursday June 16, at the London Hilton on Park Lane.


We are sure you will join us in wishing Rachna the very best of luck!
 

3. Scheme to transform mental health in LLR awards its first grants 

Getting Help in Neighbourhoods, the innovative scheme that will eventually see around £3M being spent in local areas by charitable, voluntary and community groups to increase the support available for mental health and wellbeing, has announced the recipients of it first round of grants.

Just under £800,000 has been awarded in round one to 28 local groups across Leicester, Leicester and Rutland (LLR) to spend on their own projects, new or existing, to support people with their mental health and wellbeing.

This NHS funded grant scheme, has been organised in a partnership between the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council and has been administered by Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation (LRCF), an organisation that strengthens local communities by giving thoughtful grants to local charities and voluntary groups, for all kinds of local needs.

The fund received a good number of applications which were assessed by a diverse panel of experts from different local and national organisations against a set criteria, and the grants awarded ranged from £5,000 right up to the maximum of £50,000.

To find out more and to view the full list of successful applicants visit: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/news/new-grant-scheme-to-transform-mental-health-across-leicester-leicestershire-and-rutland-awards-its-first-grants/

4. Recruitment drive for overseas nurses expands 

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is recruiting an additional 48 nurses from overseas this year to help provide care for the population of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The new staff will cover both physical and mental health roles.

It follows the highly successful introduction of 30 new physical health nurses from abroad at the end of 2021.

All 30 of the initial cohort have now passed the robust formal final practical examination, and have earned full registration as nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Council UK. They are now carrying out full-time roles across LPT’s teams and wards.

To find out more visit https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/news/nurse-recruitment-drive-expands/

5. NHS backs Earth Day 

Today is Earth Day and this year’s theme is Invest In Our Planet. What Will You Do?

Climate change poses a major threat to NHS staff, patients, and their communities. This is because there is a direct link between the health of our planet and the health of our people.

The NHS is acting to reduce the harmful gases it puts into the atmosphere. Fewer emissions will mean fewer patients with asthma, heart disease, and cancer. It will also reduce any disruption to the delivery of the care we provide.

Since 2010, efforts across the health service have resulted in NHS emissions being cut by 30%. This is already improving care, as well as the health and wellbeing of our patients.

Despite such brilliant progress, there is still more to be done. Together, with the help of staff across the NHS, we hope to achieve even more. With more people involved, we stand every chance of meeting our target of becoming a net zero health service by 2040. We were the first health service in the world to make the commitment and intend to be the first to reach that status.

To find out more visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/greenernhs/a-net-zero-nhs/.
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