Healthwatch City of London Bulletin 25

We have a series of events scheduled to ensure your voice is heard by providers of Health and Social Care across the City, you can read all about them in this week's bulletin, and the latest on the vaccination programme across the City.
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COVID 19 Vaccination update

Covid-19 vaccination now being offered to 65 - 69 year olds

The NHS (The National Programme) is now asking people aged 65-69 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to book their Covid-19 jab. 

  • Book via the national online booking service: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
  • Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm seven days a week

Find out more: bit.ly/nhs-covid19-jab

Vaccinations via NHS England (The National Programme) are being administered at the National Vaccination centres, our nearest being the ExCel centre, or from a pharmacy. The nearest are:

  • Clockwork Pharmacy - 398-400 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HP
  • Bees Pharmacy - 199-201 Rushmore Road, Clapton, E5 0HD

The local Programme – Invitations will be sent via letter or text from your GP practice, these will include a link to a website for you to book your appointment.

Vaccinations for residents registered at City GP’s are administered from:

  • COVID Vaccination Centre, 3A Bocking Street, E8 3RU
  • John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes, London, N4 2NU

Vaccinations for residents registered at Tower Hamlets GP’s are being administered from: 

  • Newby Place Health and Wellbeing Centre, 21 Newby Place, Poplar, E14 0EY
  • Queen Mary’s University, Arts Research Centre, Mile End Road, E14 4NS

Barts Health are currently offering vaccination to anyone over the age of 65 who either live or work regularly within the City of London. Any health care professionals or to anyone who lives or works in the City of London who fulfils the current vulnerable persons criteria 

The booking number is: 0203 765 8789 or email: Bartshealth.vaccinationsSBH@nhs.net

If you would prefer to wait for a local appointment then you can, and although it might delay your vaccination appointment this delay should be of very short duration.

Additional people added to the shielding list

Around 1.7million people in England are being written to and asked to shield, with 820,000 people being moved up the priority lists for the COVID-19 vaccination.  This is because evidence about COVID-19 and the factors that lead people to become seriously ill is constantly improving. These people have been identified by a new risk assessment model, commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer for England, to predict a person’s risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19.  This model has been developed using data which was gathered during the first wave of the pandemic.

Residents will be receiving letters directly from the NHS which enable them to register for support if needed, for example priority supermarket slots and access to statutory sick pay. Residents who are shielding should work from home and stay at home as much as possible. They should contact friends, family or neighbours to help, or order online, to access food or prescriptions – but if they can’t and need and need extra help, they can contact the City of London Corporation on 020 7606 3030 Mon – Fri between 9am-5pm or email col-covid-19@cityoflondon.gov.uk

We will publish updates, as and when we get them, on our new COVID 19 information pages

Upcoming Healthwatch City of London Events

One of Healthwatch City of London’s purposes is to understand the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use health and social care services and to speak out on their behalf. To ensure we hear of and know of your concerns we run regular events. Ideally, we’d like to hold them face to face, but because of the current pandemic we are restricted to Zoom events.

Please see a list of our events below with joining details.

Listening to City Carers - Friday 19th February

Overview: This group is for all unpaid carers who live in the City of London. We would love to hear from young carers too.

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Joining details: https://zoom.us/j/98474089653?pwd=T3gxaFhmUU5XcEt2NHIvbjZyamMyQT09

Meeting ID: 984 7408 9653 Passcode: 281825 Dial in: 0208 080 6592

*NEW EVENT* Healthwatch City of London Drop-in Session – Wednesday 24th February

Overview: We are holding an open drop-in session for anyone to join, designed for you to raise any issues you have with the health and social care provided from the City of London, ask questions and to talk to us about any areas of support or help you need.  

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Joining details:

https://zoom.us/j/99300462082?pwd=R1gyekpPa2hTVFl3dEU0RW5zbDNlZz09

Meeting ID: 993 0046 2082 Passcode: 438353 Dial in: 0208 080 6591 United Kingdom 

Mental Health Focus Group – Friday 26th February

Overview: We would like to hear from anyone who or knows of anyone who’s mental health has suffered as a result of the pandemic. We will be joined by Dean Henderson from East London Foundation Trust and colleagues from MIND.

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Joining details:
https://zoom.us/j/92880753825?pwd=Y1ppQjhvM3VRTXM4TU5IYW5zaWl1Zz09 

Meeting ID: 928 8075 3825 Passcode: 429130 Dial in: 0203 481 5237

COVID 19 vaccination programme information event – Wednesday 10th March

Overview: We are holding an information evening for City of London residents, to give an update on the vaccination programme. Residents are invited to submit questions prior to the event, which will then be put to the panel. Confirmed for the panel so far are Dr Sandra Husbands, Director Public Health, City of London and Hackney Public Health. The event will be chaired by our Chair Gail Beer.

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Further details: To submit a question and to register for the event, please email info@healthwatchcityoflondon.org.uk

CCG Vaccination events

The City and Hackney CCG are organising a series of events regarding the vaccination. These are both information sessions and vaccination clinics.

Thursday 18 February, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

COVID 19 Vaccine Conversations: Black Communities in City and Hackney

City and Hackney Healthcare Partnership alongside community leaders are hosting an online vaccine event for our black communities.

Answering your questions and providing information, Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health for City and Hackney. The panel for the evening will include:

  • Reverend Rosemia Brown from St James The Great Church Clapton
  • Peter Merrifield CEO of SWIM Enterprises
  • Patrick Vernon OBE, social commentator, cultural historian and health activist
  • Janette Collins, MBE, Manager, The Crib your project
  • Viv Ahum, Director, Aspire Education Group - Europe and Africa
  • Rosemary Jawara, Peer Educator, Beersheba Livingwell for Black and diverse communities at greater risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Toyin Agbetu, Community Educator, Ligali - Pan African, human rights organisation
  • Abdi Hassan, Founder Coffee Afrique, Somali community
  • Yvonne Field, CEO, Ubele - African Diaspora led intergenerational social enterprise

You can register for the event and submit a question using the Eventbrite link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/covid-19-vaccine-conversations-black-communities-in-city-and-hackney-tickets-140251047659 

Voice for disabled residents

Disabled residents have faced more difficulties during Covid. Healthwatch and local health providers are trying to find out what can be done to make things better.  

If you have a health condition that impacts your daily life, we want you to help shape healthcare services locally by completing our questionnaire.

You can access the survey by clicking on this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NEL_disabled

If you look after somebody who would not be able to answer questions themselves, for example if you are the parent of a disabled young child, the carer for someone with a severe learning disability or dementia please complete this survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NEL_carers

Anyone who completes the survey can enter into a draw to win Amazon vouchers.

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. https://hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus-data

Keep up to date with the latest advice

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

Get in touch with Healthwatch City of London

Visit our website for more information, news and events, have your say about your care, and spread the word about Healthwatch City of London.

www.healthwatchcityoflondon.org.uk email: info@healthwatchcityoflondon.org.uk

Tel: 020 3745 9563 Facebook: facebook.com/CoLHealthwatch Twitter: @HealthwatchCoL

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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Important

These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.