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5 on Friday – 14 May 2021

14th May 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

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. COVID-19 vaccinations rolled out to under 40s 

Anyone aged 38 and over and those who will turn 38 before 1 July 2021 can now book in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

The latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that those that are 39 and under you should have the Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine.

Eligible people should receive a text message asking them to book through the national booking service website, by calling 119, or by booking via swiftqueue, details for how to book a vaccination through swiftqueue can be found here: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/. Alternatively you can wait to be invited by your GP; you don’t need to contact them they will contact you when it is your turn.

Please be aware that local appointment slots may be limited at the moment but as additional supplies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are delivered locally availability will increase. Please do not contact your GP to ask for an appointment, they will invite you when it is your turn.

All vaccination clinics in LLR are open to the following eligible groups:

  • Anyone aged 38 and over or anyone who will turn 38 before 1 July 2021
  • Anyone at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Anyone who has a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • Anyone that has a learning disability
  • Anyone that is a carer

To book a vaccine and to find out more about the vaccination programme visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

To find out more visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/covid-19-vaccinations-rolled-out-to-38-39-year-olds-in-leicester-leicestershire-and-rutland/

2. May 17th easing of restrictions

From Monday 17th May, some of the current lockdown restrictions will ease. This includes:

  • Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, museums and children’s indoor play areas can open.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, such as live performances, sporting events and business events.
  • Indoor hospitality can reopen.
  • The rules for care home residents will change. Going out restrictions will be relaxed and receiving visitors will change, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.

There will also be new guidance on meeting friends and family which will emphasise personal responsibility. Instead of instructing you to stay 2m apart from anyone you don’t live with, you will be encouraged to be sensible and consider the guidance on risks associated with COVID-19. Please remember that the risk of COVID-19 increases with close contact.

To find out more about the changes on 17th May visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#how-the-rules-will-change-on-17-may

3. Eid Mubarak!

Wednesday evening saw the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all of our local Muslim Communities.

We would also like to thank you, for once again, celebrating safely and following the restrictions.

4. Mental Health Awareness Week
This Mental Health Awareness Week the focus has been on the importance of helping people to find ways to promote good mental health.

During the Coronavirus pandemic many people will have experienced and may continue to experience stress, anxiety and depression in addition to other mental health problems. But it’s important to know especially as we continue to come out of lockdown that help is available locally across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) when you need it.

Local services available across LLR include:

  • VitaMinds – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), self-refer for support by visiting: https://www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk/nhs-services/nhs-mental-health/leicester-leicestershire-rutland/
  • If you’re in need of urgent mental health support call the Central Access Point helpline which is open 24/7 – 0808 800 3302
  • To support new mum’s with their mental health, contact Mum’s Mind, a text service which provides help and information, text – 07507 330026 opening times are Monday – Friday 9am-4.30pm
  • Chat health is a confidential  text messaging service for children, young people and families:
    • Chat health Leicester:
      • For 11-19 years of age text 07520 615 386
      • For parents and carers text 07520 615 381
    • Chat Health Leicestershire and Rutland:
      • For 11-19 years of age text 07520 615 387
      • For parents and carers text 07520 615 382

National support services include:

5. International Nurses Day

Wednesday 12 May was International Nurses Day. The theme of this year’s International Nurses Day was Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for future healthcare. The theme reflected on the impact of COVID-19 on the health system and the nursing profession and how these might be affected into the future. Nurses, as the largest healthcare profession, must play an integral part in planning the future of healthcare.

In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland there are over 9,700 highly skilled nurses working in a wide variety of roles and locations, including in GP practices, hospitals, in the community and in clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). During the pandemic, nurses have been playing an instrumental role in the response to COVID, providing expert care 24/7, as well as vital expertise on a successful local COVID vaccination programme.

The CCGs in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) would like to give our thanks to all the nurses working in LLR for your contribution to our local healthcare system, especially during Covid-19.

To read more visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/local-nurses-should-celebrate-being-a-nurse-today-and-every-day/

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