Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

29th 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.  

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1. World Immunisation Week 24-30 April

This World Immunisation Week (24-30 April), the NHS is reminding people how important it is to keep up to date with routine vaccinations at all life stages.

The annual initiative championed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against preventable diseases – many of which are available through the NHS in England.

During World Immunisations Week, we are also urging anyone who has not yet had their Covid-19 vaccination to do so now. The jab is the best form of protection for yourself and others from Covid-19. It is also vitally important you keep up to date with your Covid-19 vaccinations to keep you and your loved ones safe and well.

There are plenty of venues across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland where you and your family can have the Covid vaccination.

For the most up to date information on Covid clinics please visit

For more information on the general NHS vaccination schedule for viruses such as MMR and flu, please click here.
We recently covered the visit of Maggie Throup, Vaccines Minister to Oakham Enterprise Park vaccination centre. The Minister’s visit has now also been featured nationally by ITN for the New Scientist (an international weekly science and technology publication) - How vaccines are changing the world, to coincide with World Immunisation Week.

You can watch the feature by clicking on the link below.

2. Local NHS supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month  

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs have been supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month throughout this month (April 2002). 

This national initiative aims to highlight the condition, its symptoms and the importance of seeking help early. 

The most common symptoms can include blood in faeces, bloating or abdominal pain from eating, and a persistent change in bowel habits.  

Rebecca Tuohy, from the colorectal nursing team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), said: “We are supporting bowel cancer awareness month to help raise awareness of the condition and symptoms. 

“The patients I most often see, have been newly diagnosed with bowel cancer. When they have questions about the condition, I reassure them by letting them know that they will be supported by the colorectal team throughout their journey.

“All bowel cancer patients have access to the contact numbers of the colorectal nursing team. We provide tailored support every step of the way and also signpost patients to a range of services available to them. 

“Bowel cancer has a much higher possibility of being treated successfully if diagnosed early. Don’t be embarrassed, speak to your GP – it may be nothing, but if it is cancer, we want to help you early, so that you have the best chance of a full recovery.”

Find out more about the condition, the symptoms to look out for, and when to see your GP at:

3. Accessing your GP 

This week, ITV News Central featured a visit to De Montfort Surgery in Leicester, during which they spoke to the team about the pressures they’ve faced since the Covid-19 pandemic.

GP, Dr Sulaxni Nainani and Reception Manager, Julie Tannahill were interviewed by ITV News Central and spoke about the current challenges of balancing patients’ current needs and those that accumulated during the pandemic, despite practices remaining open throughout. This is generating more calls and appointments than before the pandemic started, amid continued staff shortages due to COVID. At this practice they are now receiving 7000 to 9000 calls a day.

De Montfort Surgery have recently implemented new measures to help address these issues. They include a new open access surgery that takes place between 8:30am-10:30am, Monday to Friday. This clinic allows patients to walk in between these times, guaranteeing they will be seen by a clinician.

These challenges are not just faced by the team at De Montfort Surgery but are reflected right across the county.

To help patients get the care they need quickly, we’ve put together this handy guide.

4. Bank holiday opening times 

There are several ways in which you can access the NHS this bank holiday weekend:
  • If you need urgent health advice don’t wait until after the bank holiday weekend, please contact NHS111 first. It’s a 24/7 service which you can access online or by phoning 111. The NHS 111 service is the easiest way for you to get the treatment you need, and in the right place. NHS 111 online can also:
    • tell you where to get help for your symptoms
    • direct you to urgent treatment centres/ walk in centres, GPs, pharmacies, emergency dental services, or other more appropriate local services
    • tell direct you to where you can get emergency supplies of your prescribed medicines, how to get a repeat prescription and provide general health information and advice.
  • Your local pharmacy, or chemist, isn’t just the place where you pick up your prescribed medicines. Pharmacists are qualified health professionals and are the right people to see if you need advice or over-the-counter medicines. You can view bank holiday opening times here
  • If you have an urgent mental health need, call the Central Access Point (CAP) on 0116 295 3060, 24 hours a day. The service will arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service.
  • If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.

5. Eid Mubarak! 

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all of our local Muslim communities and colleagues and we would also like to thank you for celebrating safely.

Extra: Be Well Midlands Big Conversation 

The Be Well Midlands Big Conversation has now been extended until 5pm on Friday 13 May, to ensure everyone working in health and social care across Midlands has a chance to have their say and share experiences and hopes around wellbeing.

If you haven’t yet registered or joined in with the conversation, then don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your voice heard and help create positive change!

To join the conversation anonymously 24/7:
  • Follow this link:
  • If you haven’t already, then register to take part and you’ll be sent unique login details
  • Start sharing your ideas and read, vote and comment on the ideas of others
  • You can access the conversation via a computer, laptop, work mobile or even your personal mobile

Register now or log in with your unique login details to see for yourself what everyone is talking about.

If you have any questions or any problems, please get in touch with the Clever Together team by emailing