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5 on Friday: 14th January 2022

17th January 2022 | By Communications Team | Posted in

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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1. Get your Covid jab at Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre

People in Beaumont Leys can get the COVID-19 vaccine while they do their shopping this weekend as a pop-up vaccination clinic is coming to the local shopping centre.

The clinic will be in Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre Car Park, Beaumont Way, Leicester, LE4 1DE from today (Friday January 13th) to Sunday January 15th between 9am and 4pm. Today, it will be open to those aged 16 and over, and on Saturday and Sunday it will be open to ages 12 and over. All clinics will offer the first, second, third and booster dose.

Anyone aged 12 and over can get a first or second dose of the vaccine. Children aged 12 to 17 can get the 2nd dose from 12 weeks after they had their first dose.  Those aged 18 and over can get their second dose after eight weeks.

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 18 and over, at least three months after their second dose.

To find out more about the pop-up clinic in Beaumont Leys visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/get-your-covid-jab-while-you-shop-at-beaumont-leys-shopping-centre-this-weekend-2/.

If you are not local to Beaumont Leys, 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 14th January

  • Fosse Medical Centre, 8am-12pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.  Walk-in or book in advance via: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$pFKjaTE2jGD7RWxAWiQpxOgzAXMlkLU5EolECCq9T1Bhx.t2GaVR2 
  • Groby Road Medical Centre, 9 Groby Rd, Leicester LE3 9ED. 10.15am-4.15pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. 
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 5 Fullhurst Ave, Leicester LE3 1BL. 10am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 9.30am-5.30pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Saffron Lane Pharmacy 9am-6pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Countesthorpe Chemist, 16 Central St, Countesthorpe, Leicester LE8 5QJ. 9am-6pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 9am-5.35pm, Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. 9am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Melton Sports Village, Burton Rd, Melton Mowbray LE13 1DR. 8.30am-4.15pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. CANCELLED
  • Boots, Fosse Park Leicester. 10.30am-6.45pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Leicester Racecourse, Leicester Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL. 9am-11am. Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. 
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road Leicester LE4 7AN. 9am-9pm. Age 16+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields, Loughborough, LE11 2TR. 9am-5pm, Age 16+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, Loughborough LE11 5JY. 8.15am-3.15pm, Age 12+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre Car Park, Beaumont Way, Leicester, LE4 1DE. 9am-4pm Age 16+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Croft Medical Centre, 2 Glen Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4PE. 2.30pm-6.30pm, Age 18+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 

Saturday 15th January

  • Groby Road Medical Centre, 9 Groby Rd, Leicester LE3 9ED. 8.45am-7pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. 
  • Glenfield Hospital, 8.30am-5.30pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Leicester General Hospital, 8.30am-5.30pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9:30am-6pm, 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.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. 9am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Melton Sports Village, Burton Rd, Melton Mowbray LE13 1DR. 8.30am-4.15pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. CANCELLED
  • Boots, Fosse Park Leicester. 10.30am-6.45pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre Car Park, Beaumont Way, Leicester, LE4 1DE. 9am-4pm Age 12+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road Leicester LE4 7AN. 9am-6pm. Age 16+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Charnwood Borough Council, Southfields, Loughborough, LE11 2TR. 9am-5pm, Age 16+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP. 8.15pm-3.15pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. 
  • Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, Loughborough LE11 5JY. 8.15am-3.15pm, Age 12+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ. 10am-5pm, Age  12+1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Croft Medical Centre, 2 Glen Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4PE. 9am-12pm, Age 18+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Hinckley Leisure Centre, Argents Mead, Hinckley LE10 1BZ. 9am-12pm, Age 18+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Highcross Shopping Centre. 10am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. Walk in or book via https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$/EUqktlaJhVf1ioHjMFr0eQmZilpMAPM2eZdvXtvYEF3wclJgvOKG

Sunday 16th January 

  • Fosse Medical Centre, 12pm-3pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. Walk-in or book in advance via: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$pFKjaTE2jGD7RWxAWiQpxOgzAXMlkLU5EolECCq9T1Bhx.t2GaVR2 
  • Glenfield Hospital, 8.30am-5.30pm Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, 8.30am-5.30pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR. 10am-2pm, Age 16+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. 9am-6pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Boots, Fosse Park Leicester. 10.30am-6.45pm, Age 16+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. 
  • Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre Car Park, Beaumont Way, Leicester, LE4 1DE. 9am-4pm Age 12+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road Leicester LE4 7AN. 9am-6pm. Age 16+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP. 8.15pm-3.15pm Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. 
  • Loughborough Hospital, Hospital Way, Loughborough LE11 5JY. 8.15am-11.15am, Age 12+1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ. 10am-5pm, Age  12+1st, 2nd or booster dose.
  • Hinckley Leisure Centre, 9am-12.30pm Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose. 
  • Highcross Shopping Centre. 11am-5pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd or booster dose. Walk in or book via https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=$2y$10$/EUqktlaJhVf1ioHjMFr0eQmZilpMAPM2eZdvXtvYEF3wclJgvOKG
  • Melton Sports Village, Burton Rd, Melton Mowbray LE13 1DR. 8.15am-1.15pm, 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. Help encourage vaccine take up in Coalville and Hinckley

Next week, pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be taking place at Coalville Hospital and Hinckley Leisure Centre, in an attempt to boost low vaccine take up in those areas.
The clinics will be taking place on the following dates:

Coalville Hospital– Pfizer 1st, 2nd and booster vaccinations

  • Saturday 22nd January, 10am-5pm, for those aged 12+
  • Sunday 23rd January, 10am-5pm, for those aged 12+

Hinckley Leisure Centre – Pfizer 1st, 2nd and booster vaccinations

  • Tuesday 18th January, 3.15pm-7.15pm, for those aged 12+
  • Thursday 20th January, 3.15pm-7.15pm, for those aged 12+
  • Friday 21st January, 3.15pm-7.15pm, for those aged 12+

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19 is to get your jab. The booster vaccine is highly effective at reducing the risk of catching COVID-19 as well as reducing the chances of becoming seriously unwell and needing hospital treatment for those who do contract the virus. People who have not kept on track with their vaccines can still come forward for their first or second dose – it is not too late.

To help promote the clinics at Coalville Hospital and Hinckley Leisure Centre please share our graphics, which can be accessed via the links below, within your networks and communities.

Coalville Hospital
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mhttt53xed48o8a/AACdP9UzQ0_OxKcmtCwyxKMUa?dl=0

Hinckley Leisure Centre
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wdbg5i01nm78fro/AABmoZt-4tEjepy1PAu8e2lHa?dl=0

For more information about vaccine clinics visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

3. Specialist vaccine clinics for people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities and autism are being invited to book in at specialist COVID-19 vaccination clinics to enable people to get their boosters and vaccines in a calm and friendly environment that meets their needs.

The clinics will be held on the following dates and venues:

  • Thursday 27 January: Loughborough Hospital
  • Wednesday 23 February: the Peepul Centre
  • Thursday 31 March: Loughborough Hospital

All clinics will run from 10am to 6pm and need to be booked in advance. The vaccine used will be Pfizer.

The sessions are open to anyone with a learning disability or autism in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, aged 12 or over, who is due for a first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccination. They are designed for people who need a more supportive environment than an ordinary clinic can provide.

The clinics will offer a calm atmosphere, longer appointment times and be staffed by vaccinators specialising in learning disability support and care.

To book, please us the following links. Please specify in the additional comments box if you need for us to make any specialist adaptations, such as needing a private or quiet space.

To find out more information about these clinics, please visit https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/news/people-with-learning-disabilities-invited-to-book-in-at-specialist-covid-19-vaccination-clinics/

4. Steve joins study in ‘fight’ against type 2 diabetes 

Researchers in Leicester are investigating if a new medication can help to reduce the risk of heart disease for people with type 2 diabetes. The study is taking place locally at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Patient Recruitment Centre (PRC): Leicester, which is based at Leicester General Hospital.

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. It’s caused by problems with the hormone insulin. People with type 2 diabetes are much more likely to suffer from disease of the heart and blood vessels than adults without diabetes.

The new medicine, called tirzepatide, is being compared to an approved diabetes medicine called dulaglutide. Previous research has confirmed that tirzepatide is effective for patients with diabetes as it lower the amount of glucose, and can help people lose significant weight. Researchers now want to find out if tirzepatide can also help protect against heart disease, making it a better overall treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Steve Barsby, 69, of Loughborough, is one of the participants who joined the study through PRC: Leicester. Steve was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2003. He explains: “I found out late, like many diabetics, and by that time neuropathy (nerve damage) had attacked my legs and feet. Foot ulcers and amputations have followed. However, I consider that I have been very lucky. It could have been a lot worse.”

During regular follow-up appointments at the foot clinic at Leicester General Hospital, Steve noticed many other patients receiving care for more serious complications caused by type 2 diabetes. He added: “I realised the disease is a killer.” When Steve heard about this study he took the decision to sign up to help future people living with diabetes. He explained: “I’ve had the disease for many years. If something comes along that will fight it I am more than happy to assist.”

Steve joined the study in June 2021 and has lost about a stone in weight and is already feeling fitter. He said: “Because I’m closely monitored I have become more confident that my health is getting better.”

PRC: Leicester was launched in November 2020 and is one of five PRCs in England, dedicated to setting up and delivering late phase commercial clinical trials in the NHS at pace and scale. For more information, visit: https://local.nihr.ac.uk/prc/leicester/

For those interested in health research at Leicester’s Hospitals and who want to hear about opportunities to take part, sign up to Leicester’s Research Registry to receive regular email updates. Visit the website to join: www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/researchregist

5. Love Your Liver Month

January is Love Your Liver Month, and the British Liver Trust are encouraging you to take a pledge to love your liver and make a change that will benefit your liver’s health.

Pledge suggestions include:

•    Cutting out alcohol for 31 days
•    Cutting down on sugar
•    Taking on a fitness challenge
•    Ditching processed food and take-aways
•    Eating 5 a day

Liver disease is on the rise in the UK. The liver can repair itself but often people with liver disease don’t have any symptoms until the disease has progressed and it’s far too late for treatment, therefore, it’s really important to understand how to keep your liver healthy!

To find out more and to get involved, visit https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/love-your-liver-month/.

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