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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

1st 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. Ramadan Mubarak

 
Tomorrow evening, Muslims across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) will begin the holy month of Ramadan.

Here at the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, we’d like to wish Ramadan Mubarak to the local Muslim community and to remind you to take care if you’re meeting up with friends and family.

Our valued stakeholder, Zuber Hassam, Principal at the Muslim School Oadby kindly shared the following message to explain more about Ramadan:

For many, this is the most important event in the calendar, a time for spiritual renewal, community building and charitable giving. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from all food, drink and intimate relations. This is not only a physical test, but also a chance to develop self-control and discipline.

While fasting helps Muslims to feel closer to God, it is important to remind those with chronic illnesses or who are taking regular medication to speak to their doctor about fasting. Most people will enjoy very tangible health benefits from Ramadan, however, for some the physical strain on the body can worsen existing medical conditions. For this reason, those with certain medical conditions are exempt from the obligation to fast. There is no shame in admitting that fasting is not possible or safe for you - Ramadan is about spiritual growth, not physical hardship.

If you're curious to learn more about Ramadan and what it means to Muslims, feel free to reach out to any Muslim you may know. It’s not uncommon for non-Muslims to even try fasting a day or two and then join their Muslim friends for an iftar meal, to break their fast after sunset.

We wish all those observing the month of Ramadan a blessed time during this special month.

2. Covid-19 vaccine update

Covid vaccination opens to all 5-11 year olds

Vaccinations to protect against covid are set to be available to all 5 to 11 year olds in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from this weekend.

From tomorrow, (Saturday April 2nd) parents will be able to book a jab for their child using the National Booking System and from Monday April 4th selected local walk-in clinics will also be open to this age group.

Previously, covid vaccination for 5 to 11 year olds had been limited to children who are clinically vulnerable or immunosuppressed. However, it is now recommended that the vaccination is offered to all 5-11 year olds, to boost immunity and increase their protection against any future waves of Covid.

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over. If a child has had Covid the vaccine will give them extra protection, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.

Those 5-11 year-olds who are more at risk from the virus can already get two paediatric (child) doses, eight weeks apart, and their GP or hospital specialist should be in touch to arrange this. Some walk-in clinics are also vaccinating clinically vulnerable children.

More information on clinics, locations, times and booking information is available at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/ .


Volunteers wanted for COVID-19 booster vaccine study
NIHR Patient Recruitment Centre: Leicester, which is based at Leicester General Hospital, is looking for volunteers to take part in a study investigating whether an experimental booster can provide better protection against the Covid-19 Omicron variant when compared to a booster dose of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, Spikevax. The trial is sponsored by Moderna.

With different strains of Covid-19, there is an urgent need to develop vaccination plans that will provide greater protection. A booster vaccine that protects against Covid-19 variants, including the Omicron variant, would be a crucial public health tool to help curb the pandemic.

Participation in this trial lasts up to 13 months and includes phone calls, and up to six visits to the trial site. Participants will receive a single dose of either the experimental booster vaccine or the already authorised vaccine, Spikevax. 

Eligible participants must:
  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Have previously received two or three doses of the Covid-19 vaccine
  • Have received their last dose of Covid-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago
  • Have not tested positive for Covid-19 since 08 November 2021 or have had significant exposure to someone who has tested positive within the past 14 days 
To find out more, please visit https://bit.ly/3Dga4ND or contact the study team at 0116 2588689 or PRCLeicester@uhl-tr.nhs.uk


Pop-up clinics

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. This weekend clinics will be taking place at Greenhill Community Church in Coalville and Lidl on Upperton Road, Leicester on the following days and times:

Greenhill Community Church, 7 Charnborough Rd, Coalville LE67 4SF:
  • Friday 1st April - Age 16+ between 10am-3pm and Age 12+ between 3pm-6pm
  • Saturday 2nd April – Age 12+ between 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 3rd April – Age 12+ between 10am-6pm
Lidl Upperton Road, Leicester LE3 0BG:
  • Saturday 2nd April – Age 12+ between 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 3rd April – Age 12+ between 10am-6pm
All clinics are offering first, second, third and 1st booster doses. They will also be offering 2nd booster doses by invite only.
Drive-through clinic

The drive-through vaccination clinic 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+
 

Walk-in clinics this weekend

Additional walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations this weekend:

Saturday 2nd April

  • Coalville Hospital, 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st & 2nd booster dose.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-5.30pm. Age 12+ 1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby.  Age 12+ 9am-1pm, 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • The Kube, Oadby Racecourse, LE2 4AL. 10am-3.50pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters. NOW PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY, no walk-ins. CLICK HERE TO BOOK
  • Saffron Pharmacy, 501 Saffron Ln, Leicester LE2 6UL. 9am-12pm, Age 16+, 1st, 2nd or 1st & 2nd booster dose
  • Lidl Upperton Road, Leicester LE3 0BG. Age 12+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Greenhill Community Church, 7 Charnborough Rd, Coalville LE67 4SF.  Age 12+ 10am-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre. 10am-6pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd  Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. 9am-3pm. Age 12+ 9am-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR 9.15am-2.45pm. Age 12+ 9am-3pm 1st or 2nd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital. 8.15am-3.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters. NOW PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY, no walk-ins.
  • Peepul Centre, 8.15am-3.15pm. Age 12+ 9am-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.

Sunday 3rd April

  • Coalville Hospital, 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st & 2nd booster dose.
  • Melton Sports Village. 9am-4pm Age 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st & 2nd booster dose
  • Lidl Upperton Road, Leicester LE3 0BG. Age 12+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Greenhill Community Church, 7 Charnborough Rd, Coalville LE67 4SF.  Age 12+ 12pm-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre. 10am-6pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 12+ 12pm-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, 8.15am-3.15pm. Age 12+ 12.15pm-7.15pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital,  8.15am-11.15am Age 12+  1st 2nd or 3rd dose.  1st and 2nd Boosters. NOW PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY, no walk-ins.

3. NHS111 Online First campaign is coming to town

This April, Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland (LLR) CCGs are running a regional ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focussing on NHS 111 online first.
 
The campaign aims to raise awareness of NHS 111, particularly the online part of the service, amongst residents and communities across the LLR region. It is also intended to position NHS11 Online as the first-place people should go to for urgent care (unless it’s life threatening, when you should dial 999).
 
Social channels Facebook, Instagram, Spotify and Snapchat, are just a few of the online channels that are being used to play out the awareness messaging around the NHS111 online service and educate people about when it should be used.
 
Posters and flyers will also be distributed in local communities to further enhance the message, intending to resonate more with people who do not have access to social channels.
 
Please play your part - listen and watch out for the social adverts - likes and shares are really appreciated! And please help to raise awareness of the campaign amongst your friends and family groups.
 
To find out more about the campaign, go to: www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/nhs-111/

4. Project Launch Fund 

It is with great delight that we can update you on our £2m Project Launch Fund.
 
Since we launched at the start of March, we’ve had more than 80 applications for funding across a variety of sectors and projects, from music therapy for mental health patients to handheld devices for hospitals and the community that will improve patient care and cut waiting times - we know this money will make a big difference.
 
This week we have been able to award over £180k of funds to 14 of these projects, which is fantastic. You read about some of these successful bids here on our website.
 
Now we must keep this momentum going and remind everyone that there is still time to apply for their share of this local NHS money.
 
Anyone at any level of an NHS organisation or voluntary sector health organisation can apply if they have a great idea for sustainable change or an improvement that will make staff’s working lives better or create a better experience for patients/communities. Applying is really easy and can be done through our webpage.
 
We really need your help to get this message to everyone in your organisation, from nurses to domestics, doctors to physios, as they can all access a share of this substantial post to get their great ideas off the ground.
 
As this is on behalf of the LLR healthcare community, to keep it simple we are funnelling our promotion through the @NHSLeicester twitter account and NHS Leicester City Facebook page, so please do retweet/comment on any posts you see to your communities – the people we want to reach.

5. NHS campaign aims to raise awareness of heart attack symptoms


A lifesaving campaign from the NHS is raising awareness of the early signs of a heart attack in at risk communities following new research commissioned by Censuswide which finds just 38% South Asians know squeezing across the chest is a symptom, compared to 58% of the wider public. This is despite the fact that South Asians are more likely to experience a heart attack in their lifetime.

The new survey finds that the public as a whole is widely misinformed on heart attacks, with 75% of respondents wrongly believing a heart attack is the same as a cardiac arrest.
  • A heart attack happens when the supply of blood to the heart gets blocked, starving the heart muscle of oxygen. A person having a heart attack will probably be conscious and breathing.
  • A cardiac arrest is different, it usually occurs suddenly and without warning with the person quickly losing consciousness. Their heart stops, they will have no pulse and sadly people experiencing a cardiac arrest will usually die within minutes if they do not receive treatment
The survey also revealed that less than half of respondents would dial 999 if they or a loved one experienced lesser-known symptoms of a heart attack. Lesser-known symptoms of heart attacks include tightness or squeezing across the chest, a general sense of unease, sweating and shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should call 999 without delay, as rapid treatment increases the chance of a positive outcome.

Whilst the symptoms of a heart attack may not initially feel severe, the longer it goes untreated the more damage to the heart tissue and can also lead to cardiac arrest which is why the NHS is urging people to dial 999.

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/heartattack  
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