5 on Friday – 26.02.2021
1st March 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in
26 February 2021
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.
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.
Update on vaccination cohorts
Today it was announced that people who are 64 years of age are eligible to be vaccinated and will be receiving a letter to book at a vaccination centre (the Peepul Centre in Leicester) – or be invited by their GP to attend for vaccination.
This means that as well as those aged 64 years the following are currently eligible for vaccinations:
People over 65 years of age
Clinically vulnerable: all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality – see more details
Those in receipt of a letter telling them they have been assessed and added to the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list (these should have been received recently)
A carer, defined as: “eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable”. We are waiting for further guidance about unpaid carers but if you are an unpaid carer you should tell your GP;
All people on GP adult Learning Disability Registers
Anyone who has previously been invited: those people over 80, frontline health and care worker, Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and people over 70. If you are in one of these groups please contact your GP.
People can book online or, if they cannot do that, call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.
Rutland and Market Harborough mark 10k vaccination milestone
Rutland PCN and Market Harborough PCN have vaccinated 10,000 people each in their regions.
In Rutland one in four residents has now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccination centre at Rutland County Council’s Offices gave its 10,000th dose this week after opening on 21 December 2020. The centre vaccinates patients registered at Rutland’s four GP practices.
Dr Hilary Fox, Clinical Director of Rutland Healthcare Primary Care Network, said: “The milestone of our 10,000th jab represents a huge community effort by practice and council staff, volunteers, community first responders and many others working behind the scenes.Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed so much to get one quarter of Rutlanders their first vaccination.”
Over 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines have also been given in Market Harborough and almost all residents aged over 70 have received the jab since the vaccination programme began on 18 December 2020.
Dan Markovic, Business and Finance Manager at Market Harborough Medical Centre, spoke to Harborough FM this week and said: “We’ve worked tremendously hard at this end and our patients have made a significant contribution to get us to this figure”.
You can listen to more of Dan’s interview by visiting: https://harboroughfm.co.uk/another-milestone-as-over-10000-covid-19-vaccines-given-in-market-harborough/
Have your say on COVID-19 vaccines
Health experts in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are offering patients, family carers and the public the opportunity to share their opinions about the COVID-19 vaccines that are currently being administered to all eligible patients.
As the vaccination programme continues to gain momentum across the city and counties and as more people become eligible to be vaccinated, it’s important that the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) understand how to best keep patients and the public across LLR as informed as possible. Whether you’re yet to be vaccinated, you’ve just had the first dose or have been fully vaccinated – we want to hear your views.
The information gathered from the survey responses will be evaluated and used to inform and enhance how the LLR CCGs provide information and how vaccination services are provided as we continue to work through our priority vaccination groups.
The survey is available online now and can be accessed by visiting: http://bit.ly/covid19vaccineLLR.
The survey will close at midnight on Friday 12 March 2021. If you have any questions about the survey, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about COVID-19 vaccinations please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/.
LPT launch specialist vaccination appointments for patients with learning disabilities
Patients with learning disabilities and autism have been invited to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at accessible and supportive appointments at the Peepul Centre in Leicester.
The sessions, protectively organised and run by Leicestershire Partnership Trust (LPT), were quickly set up to enable patients with learning disabilities and autism, who had not already had their vaccine, to get one in a comfortable environment.
This week, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, patients were welcomed by specialist nurses and support staff at the Orchardson Avenue venue.
Helen Thompson, Director of Families, Young People, Children’s Services and Learning Disabilities at LPT, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to quickly act to welcome our patients with learning disabilities and autism to get their first COVID-19 vaccination in an environment which is relaxed and positive.
“Our amazing staff have worked really hard to ensure the appointments are calm, quiet and supportive. We had specialist nurses on hand to administer the vaccines and the appointments were extended so patients didn’t feel rushed or uncomfortable.
“We know that providing these sessions will bring a huge sense of relief to many families and people in the community and we are delighted to have received wonderful feedback from patients who have already attended their appointment.”
Patients were contacted directly about the sessions and more will be held in the coming weeks, for those unable to attend an appointment this week.
You can find out more by watching the videos below.
Showaddywaddy, former lead singer, shares COVID-19 experiences
We want to thank Leicester-born Dave Bartram, former lead singer of popular 70s rock band Showaddywaddy, for his message of support for vaccinations. Still in recovery when we contacted him, Dave was keen to help and full of praise for the care he had received. When we told colleagues he had agreed to do the video it was wonderful to hear how many people had stories about seeing the band in concert. There were some very fond memories, as mention of the band brought a smile to people’s faces. CCGs’ chief executive Andy Williams told us that Showaddywaddy’s Three Steps to Heaven and Abba’s Waterloo were the first two singles he bought! One female member of staff told us about seeing Showaddywaddy in concert with David Cassidy. The great thing is, Showaddywaddy are still rocking.
The serious point is that Dave has experienced COVID-19 and he felt it was important that people were aware of just how bad it was and to encourage them to take the vaccine. The vaccine is simply the best way people can protect themselves from serious illness and hospitalisation.
His video is a very personal appeal and will really help us to get the message across about vaccines.
We are so pleased Dave could make the video and we wish him all the best in his recovery.
To view the video visit: https://twitter.com/NHSLeicester/status/1362439380305129482