Healthwatch City of London Bulletin 20

This week's bulletin gives an update on the City Foodbank and information on flu vaccinations this weekend at Hackney Town Hall.
Flu vaccination

Latest Covid-19 statistics for the City of London

The joint City and Hackney Public Health Intelligence Team produce regular statistics on Covid-19 levels in the City. The site below breaks down the cases in the City, and in Hackney, and by Ward, this enables residents to see the wider picture of infection rates. The site is updated regularly.

Free Flu vaccinations this weekend

On 12 and 13 December between 10am-4pm at Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, London E8 1EA you can get a flu jab (or a nasal spray for children) if you are; 

  • A health or care worker
  • Aged over 50
  • Are pregnant
  • Aged 2-3 
  • Aged 18-65 and have been advised by your GP to get a flu jab because of a medical condition such as diabetes, obesity or heart disease.

Children who have missed out on their pre-school and in-school childhood vaccinations can also go and receive the immunisations they need. 

Book an appointment by emailing: or call on 07436 020579.

The immunisation clinic will be taking place in the Hackney Town Hall Assembly Rooms, entrance on Reading Lane. You must be registered with a Hackney or City of London GP to attend. 

The clinic is being managed in a covid-19 safe way. Attendees will need to wear a mask, have their temperature checked on arrival, and will be asked not to attend if they feel unwell, have tested positive or have been asked to self isolate. 

Find out more

Healthwatch City of London Board Meeting in Public

Our next Board Meeting in Public will be held tomorrow (Friday 11th December) between 16:00 – 18:00 via Zoom.

Please email to express your interest in attending and for joining details.

Dentistry during the pandemic survey launch

In response to COVID-19, dental services have had to drastically change the way they work. Our latest survey is designed to find out how you managed to access dental services during the pandemic.

Most dentists closed from April to September with dental care being provided either remotely with analgesia and antibiotics or through Urgent Dental Care Centres (available by referral from your dentist or NHS 111).

Since September, most dentists in the City of London will now have opened to existing patients.

We are keen to hear about your experiences of accessing dentistry during this time so that we can understand how provision in the City of London is meeting needs.

The responses that you provide will be treated anonymously and will help us understand the state of care locally and drive improvements where necessary during this period. Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

Dental Services access during Coronavirus Survey (

Provision for people in food crisis in the City

After nine months of loyal and tireless community service, the Square Mile Food Bank team are hanging up their gloves (and facemasks) and will no longer be providing food parcels to City residents. Square Mile Food Bank was a temporary service put in place by local volunteers in response to Covid. The team feel that the time is right to move to a more permanent solution.

Support for people experiencing food crisis is now provided by First Love Foundation, a charity based in Tower Hamlets. FLF can help residents to address the causes of food poverty by ensuring they are accessing all the benefits they are entitled to, helping with debt and immigration issues and more.

FLF accept referrals from City Advice and from the Social Work team; they do not accept self-referrals. If you are struggling to afford food, you can speak to City Advice on 020 7392 2919 to request a referral

Keep up to date with the latest advice

HWCoL are constantly updating our advice and information pages. Please make sure you visit them regularly.

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