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Your weekly NHS update for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

11th February 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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PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk.

1. Local people welcome new ways of getting the Covid jab


People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who have not previously had the covid vaccine are beginning to come forward thanks to the NHS finding new ways of making the vaccine available.

In recent weeks, pop-up clinics have been organised in community venues and a mobile vaccine unit has been visiting neighbourhoods where take-up of the jab has been poor. A drive-through vaccination clinic opened last week operating five days per week outside County Hall in Glenfield, where people can get the jab without having to get out of their vehicle.

The drive-through clinic is located on the car park to the rear of County Hall, Leicester Road, Glenfield LE3 8RA and is open every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm.  Vaccines are available to people aged 12 years and over and this includes first, second, third and booster doses.

In addition to the drive through clinic, mobile units at shopping locations have also attracted people who might not otherwise have had the jab. At last weekend’s clinic outside the Maxi Grosik European supermarket, a healthcare worker who was doing her shopping came for her first vaccine. She said that when she saw the clinic outside the supermarket, it struck her that most of her colleagues had already been vaccinated and this, along with the convenient location of the clinic, prompted her to finally get the jab.

Pop-up clinics this weekend

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. From today and over the weekend (11-13 February), vaccines will be available outside Tesco at South Wigston and at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Western Station on Aikman Avenue, New Parks. People can drop in any time between 9am and 4pm, for first, second, third and booster doses. Today the clinics are for ages 16 plus and on Saturday and Sunday they are for ages 12 plus.

If you are not local to South Wigston or New Parks, 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 February

  • Hinckley Leisure Centre. 3.15pm-7.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • The Kube, Leicester Racecourse, Leicester Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL. 3pm-7pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Countesthorpe Chemist, 16 Central St, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5QJ. 9am-6pm. Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters
  • Saffron Pharmacy. 9am-6pm. Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 1pm-5.30pm. Age 12+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters. Please note later start time than previously advertised.
  • Delivery Pharmacy, 16 Jacknell Rd, Unit 3, Hinckley LE10 3BS. 9.30am-3.30pm, Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose
  • Tesco, South Wigston. 9am-4pm Age 16+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Western Station, Aikman Avenue, New Parks, LE3 9PW. 9am-4pm Age 16+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 3.15pm-7.15pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Groby Road Medical Centre, 9 Groby Rd, Leicester LE3 9ED. 10am-6pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9am-5.35pm. Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre, 11am-7pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre,221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN,  9am-6pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Charnwood Borough Council offices, 9am-5pm, Age 16+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.


Saturday 12th February

  • Charnwood Borough Council offices, 9.30am-4.30pm, Age 16+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Countesthorpe Chemist, 16 Central St, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5QJ. 9am-12pm. Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters
  • Saffron Pharmacy. 9am-12pm. Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Tesco, South Wigston. 9am-4pm Age 12+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Western Station. 9am-4pm Age 12+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-11.15am Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP. 8.15am-3.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Coalville Hospital. 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9am-5.35pm. Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre, 10am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN,  9am-6pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Leicester General Hospital, 8.30am-5.30pm, Age 12+  1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.


Sunday 13th February

  • Tesco, South Wigston. 9am-4pm Age 12+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Western Station. 9am-4pm Age 12+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Melton Sports Village, Burton Rd, Melton Mowbray LE13 1DR. 9am-4pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Feilding Palmer Hospital, Lutterworth. 3.15pm-7.15pm. Age 12+,  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-11.15am Age 12+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP. 12.15pm-7.15pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Coalville Hospital. 10am-5pm. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre, 11am-5pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre,  221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN, 9am-6pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am-5.30pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.

For the full list of clinics and for more details visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

2. Half term clinics for 5-11 yrs who are most at risk of COVID19

Children from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aged 5-11-years-old and most at risk of COVID-19, as well as children in this age group living with an immunosuppressed person, are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination at specialist clinics taking place during the school half term next week.

The clinics, at Loughborough Hospital and the Peepul Centre in Leicester, have been specially designed for children in this age group. They will have extra support to help young people, including longer appointment times and be led by vaccinators who are experienced in working with children.

The clinic appointments, which can either be booked online or attended on a walk-in basis, are being held at the following dates and times:
 
Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, LE11 5JY
  • Monday 14 February – 12.15pm – 3.15pm
  • Wednesday 16 February – 12.15pm – 3.15pm
  • Friday 18 February – 3.15pm – 7.15pm
  • Sunday 20 February – 8.15am – 11.15am
 
Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester, LE4 6DP
  • Tuesday 15 February – 3.15pm – 7.15pm
  • Thursday 17 February – 3.15pm – 7.15pm
  • Saturday 19 February – 12.15pm – 3.15pm
 
Parents or guardians of the child should attend appointments and will also need to produce a letter from a consultant or hospital appointment letter, as evidence of the child’s eligibility.

Children at serious risk from the complications of COVID-19 infection include those with:
  • severe neurodisabilities
  • immunosuppression – those whose immune systems don’t work as well and those who live with someone who is immunosuppressed
  • profound and multiple or severe learning disabilities
  • being on the learning disability register
  • those with Down’s syndrome
  • those with long term serious conditions affecting their body. Your child’s GP will know if they need to have the vaccine.
The vaccine is also recommended for those children living with people who have a weakened immune system to reduce the risk of them passing on the infection.

Some parents may have received an invitation letter, to invite them to make an appointment for their child to get vaccinated.

Children will be given a low-dose version of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which has been deemed both safe and effective for the age group. It is recommended they have two doses, with an interval of eight weeks between the first and second dose.

Though COVID-19 cases in young children are usually mild, they can be severe in children more at risk. Having the protection of the vaccine can also help to prevent transmission to others, including vulnerable adults and family members who children may live with.

Appointments can be booked online via SwiftQ, or those who have eligible children can also walk in without an appointment.

To book an appointment at Loughborough Hospital visit: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$SQOKADUCzaN9Jdvphy0jsuqfV8.ShP82nNEpEZH5FR0CrQt2Jxqfm

To book an appointment at the Peepul Centre visit: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$HzxOryMLFq0wtJI8BT/91uKzF0d2fbcjeas8jjAqXKjlAlbH8pjbS

More information about the vaccine for parents and guardians of children aged 5 – 11 at high risk can be found on the gov.uk website.

3. Children's Mental Health Week  

To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week this week Leicestershire Partnership Trust launched new mental health support teams in 48 primary and secondary schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) are a dedicated educational mental health practitioners (EMHP) who work with schools to support their students’ mental wellbeing and emotional resilience.  

More information about the programme and a list of all the schools participating can be found on the Health for Teens and Health for Kids websites.

 You can also watch the video below, which explains more about the programme.

To read more, visit https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/news/lpt-launches-new-mental-health-support-teams-in-schools-this-childrens-mental-health-week/.

4. Get the Ball Rolling tackles male suicide 


Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Councils’ Start a Conversation partnership have launched a campaign that aims to tackle the high levels of male suicide across our counties.

455 deaths by suicide were recorded between January 2015 and June 2021 in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, 75% of those deaths were men.

Following a report on male suicide published by Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire, the campaign encourages men to talk to their friends about their feelings by using sporting references on beer mats, posters and on social media, to show men how they can start a conversation with others, and where they can go for mental health support.  

The campaign called Get the Ball Rolling is being backed by Leicester City legend Steve Walsh, local brewery Everards and United Leicester Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, a partnership of Leicester’s four professional sport clubs.

For more information visit https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/news/campaign-to-tackle-high-levels-of-male-suicide-in-city-and-county
Pictured in The Beer Hall, Everards Meadows, Enderby, left to right: Councillor Louise Richardson, Leicestershire County Council; Steve Walsh, United Leicester; Jackie Owen, Projects Officer Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire; Erika Hardy, Head of Marketing, Everards; Asst City Mayor Cllr Vi Dempster, Leicester City Council; Mark Wheatley, public health Leicester City Council; Cara Squires, public health, Leicestershire County Council; Matt Bray, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Leicester City in the Community; Sam Swift, Leicester Tigers Foundation Manager

5. Local man celebrates weight loss thanks to new diabetes research

An Oadby resident has been sharing his delight about a medicine he has been taking as part of a clinical trial, which is helping him to lose weight and gain energy. The medicine – called dapagliflozin - is part of a study sponsored by University of Leicester and being carried out at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC): Leicester, which is based at Leicester General Hospital.

Gulabbhai Patel, 74, said: “I joined this study to give me different ideas on how to change my lifestyle in order to become healthier. So far I have lost 5kg in weight and feel more energetic than before. I always look forward to my next gym session. The research staff are very nice and generous; they look after me very well.”

Mr Patel has type 2 diabetes mellitus, a disease characterised by high blood sugar levels that is also known to affect whole body health and fitness. People with type 2 diabetes may find their physical health declines at an earlier age than someone without diabetes, making everyday activities harder. Being overweight can make this even worse.

This study is looking at whether dapagliflozin can be used to improve overall physical health, measured by how easy it is to undertake activities of daily living, and whether combining it with a programme of exercise can make the benefits even greater. Researchers are also interested in the effect of dapagliflozin without exercise on blood sugar levels, as well as its impact on health as measured by blood tests, the heart’s pumping ability and tests of physical activity.

Participants will be randomly assigned to one of three groups. Those in the exercise group, like Mr Patel, will be required to take part in 3 x 60 minute exercise sessions a week. A qualified team member will personalise an exercise plan for each participant based on their ability, factoring in any personal goals or needs. Participants can choose to use the gym facilities on site, free of charge, or conduct their exercise sessions at home with virtual support from the team.

This single site study taking place only in Leicester is aiming to recruit 135 participants.

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, visit our website https://www.leicesterbrc.nihr.ac.uk/themes/lifestyle/research/deta/ or contact the study team by emailing DETA@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or call 0116 258 8897.

 

Extra: Elective Care Recovery Plan


This week the NHS and government set out plans to address backlogs built-up during the Covid-19 pandemic and tackle long waits for care with a massive expansion in capacity for tests, checks and treatments.

The plans include building dozens more community diagnostic centres, giving patients greater control over their own health and offer greater choices of where to get care if they are waiting too long for treatment. We will keep you in touch with what this means for local people.

To find out more visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/2022/02/nhs-publishes-electives-recovery-plan-to-boost-capacity-and-give-power-to-patients/.
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