Healthwatch City of London Bulletin 40

This week's bulletin promotes our public meeting on the St Leonard's hospital redevelopment and the Neaman Practice Patient Participation Group
St Leonards

Virtual Public Meeting on the future of St Leonard’s Hospital

Just a reminder to join us at a virtual public meeting on Tuesday 13th July at 6:30pm.

We, alongside Healthwatch Hackney, have the opportunity to tell you more about the patient/resident consultation on the redevelopment of St Leonards Hospital and to hear your thoughts and views on the services that could be provided at the site. Join us at a virtual public meeting on Tuesday 13th July at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held using Zoom but you can participate without a computer, mobile or tablet from your landline. You can send us questions in advance or ask during the event.

The agenda will cover the background to the development, the vision for the future, next steps and a question and answer session.  

To register click HERE, or you can email or call 020 3745 9563.

Neaman Practice Patient Participation Group

The next Neaman Practice Participation Group is taking place on Monday 12th July between 2pm – 3pm via Microsoft Teams

If you are a patient at the Neaman Practice, we encourage you to attend the session to have your say on how their service could be improved and managed. It is also an opportunity for you to provide feedback on how residents perceive the surgery and their staff.  

All patients are welcome. 

Please email if you are interested in attending, to confirm numbers and Click here to join the meeting

Visit their website for more information Homepage - The Neaman Practice

Listening to City Carers event

We are holding our next Listening to City Carers event on Friday 23rd July between 2pm and 3pm. At the meeting we will be joined by Ian Jarman who is responsible for the new home care contract for the City of London Corporation. The Corporation are reviewing Adults Homecare services in preparation for a new City Homecare contract from April 2022. They are carrying out this review to ensure Care and Support that is delivered to people in their own homes, enables and supports our vulnerable residents as well as meeting individual needs.  

City Commissioners are keen to hear from Carers and Family representatives of people who currently use or are planning to use a homecare service in the City, which is why Ian is attending our meeting.

Your feedback, discussion and ideas will really help CoL to understand Carers and Family representative views about the types of services needed, how and where services can be improved, as well as highlighting any gaps which will help the City design how Homecare services will be delivered over the next few years.

If you are unable to attend the Carers meeting and would like to provide feedback, they will be posting online surveys on the City website or you can email your comments directly to

Joining details for the meeting to be held between 2pm and 3pm on 23rd July:

Meeting ID: 944 6235 2882 Passcode: 731084 Dial in: 0208 080 6592

Covid-19 vaccine, pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility online Q&A

North East London CCG are hosting an online Q&A on the Covid-19 vaccine, pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility.

This session is aimed at those currently pregnant or breastfeeding, their family and friends as well as anyone thinking about starting a family in the future.

The event takes place on Wednesday 14 July, 6-7pm on Zoom

It is hosted in partnership with NHS Community Voice and attended by Dr Sandra Husbands (City and Hackney Director for Public Health), a team of local midwives, health visitors and a GP who will all be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Register your place at Eventbrite to enter a prize draw or just join on the day on Zoom Meeting ID: 829 6398 8132 Passcode: 793735

See attached flyer for further details:

Getting online – support options from the City of London Corporation

The City Corporation has developed and funded initiatives with partners to address the ‘digital exclusion’ within the Square Mile. The initiatives are designed to help residents to get access to devices, help getting started with digital skills or to improve on them.

Please see attached the leaflet attached below for the details and how to access the schemes.

Do you know someone that would benefit from these offers? Please share this with them

Digital inclusion flyer

National Covid-19 Vaccinations

Nationally, COVID-19 vaccines are now being offered to people aged 18 and over and people who will turn 18 before 1 July 2021. There are 2 ways to get a COVID-19 vaccine, book online now for appointments at a vaccination centre or a pharmacy or wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and book your appointments with them.

To book online visit:

Vaccine Van coming to a location near you

The Covid-19 vaccine van will be touring Hackney until 26 July. Please see attached for information about a series of pop-up clinics hosted in partnership with local community organisations for City and Hackney residents aged 18+ who need their 1st or 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine.  

Walk-ins are accepted subject to availability, but we recommend phoning the local helpline on 020 8356 3111 before attending, to reserve your place.

For more up to date information on the Covid vaccine programme please visit or

Please see the attached flyer below for dates and locations.

Vaccine van details

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 do that we need to hear from you so we provide a number of regular events where we can exchange views and raise issues or concerns. 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.

Mental Health and Wellbeing focus group - Friday 16th July

Overview: The event is open to everyone and we will be discussing mental health provision in the City of London, identifying access issues and any gaps in the services provided to you. We will be joined by colleagues from MIND, East London Foundation Trust and City Connections.

Time: 10:30 – 11:30

Joining details:

Meeting ID: 990 5928 3997 Passcode: 462754 Dial in: 0208 080 6592

Listening to City Carer’s event – Friday 23rd July

Overview: This month we will be joined by Ian Jarman, Commissioner from the City of London Corporation for the new Home care contract.

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Joining details:

Meeting ID: 944 6235 2882 Passcode: 731084 Dial in: 0208 080 6592

Healthwatch City of London Drop-in session – Thursday 29th July

Overview: An opportunity for residents, workers, and students to raise issues about their experience of Health and Social care with the staff of Healthwatch.

Subject to Covid restrictions this will be a public meeting. Further updates will be provided after the 12th July

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Joining details:

Meeting ID: 953 9595 4008 Passcode: 557314 Dial in: 0208 080 6591

Listening to City Carer’s event – Friday 20th August

Overview: An opportunity for Carer’s to provide feedback on their experience of Health and Social Care.

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Joining details:

Meeting ID: 967 3722 4444 Passcode: 364136 Dial in: 0208 080 6591 

Healthwatch City of London Drop-in session – Thursday 26th August

Overview: An opportunity for residents, workers, and students to raise issues about their experience of Health and Social care with the staff of Healthwatch.

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Joining details:

Meeting ID: 932 6975 0444 Passcode: 506561 Dial in: 0208 080 6591

City Carers Community Share and Learn session via Zoom

Monday 19th July, 11.15am / 8pm (45 minutes)

You are welcome to join in and learn tips from city residents who are looking after a family member, friend or neighbour. Topics may be are you paying privately for medicines which can be on prescription?. Open to anyone who is looking after someone in the City of London. A friendly group, run by residents voluntarily. For the zoom link

How safe do women feel within the City of London?

The City of London Corporation are asking for women and girls to complete a survey on how safe they feel in the City.

“Though the City of London is no less safe than other areas of London, we appreciate that some women and girls may not feel safe. If you are a woman who visits the Square Mile or lives within the Square Mile, please complete this short survey to help ensure appropriate measures are put into place to keep women and girls safe. It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.”

Dragon Café in the City

The next virtual Dragon Café in the City session is taking place next Wednesday, 14 July, on Zoom.

The award-winning Dragon Café in the City is free and open to anyone working or living in the City and provides a (virtual) space for them to release the pressure, try something new, and engage in creative activities designed to foster positive mental and physical wellbeing.

Next week’s programme includes:

  • Self Massage: Neck and Shoulders
  • Origami “Kusadama” flower workshop
  • Yoga
  • Reading Friends Group: Living Stories

The programme can be found online here.

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 and vaccination uptake data in the City. The site is updated regularly and accessible at.

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. email:

Tel: 020 3745 9563 Facebook: Twitter: @HealthwatchCoL

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