5 on Friday: 26 March 2021
26th March 2021 | 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.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. NHS marks anniversary of first Coronavirus lockdown
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 was a National Day of Reflection, a year on from the first Coronavirus lockdown.
By this point in 2020 we had already seen our first local cases and, very sadly, our first death. During the year that has followed, our hospitals have cared for many thousands of patients who tested positive for the disease and tragically, more than 2,000 loved ones and colleagues have lost their lives.
This week Andy Williams, Chief Executive, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups, Angela Hillery Chief Executive, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Rebecca Brown Acting Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust issued a letter in the counties newspapers to mark the first anniversary.
You can read the letter by visiting https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/news/ccg-news/a-message-from-your-local-nhs-to-mark-the-anniversary-of-the-first-coronavirus-lockdown/
We have also produced a video of the local NHS journey over the past year to thank our NHS people and local patients for your continued support. Please view the video below.
2. Two-day drop-in clinic for covid vaccinations at Peepul Centre
Eligible people living in Leicester can get the covid vaccine at two drop-in clinics this Sunday and Monday at the Peepul Centre.
The NHS in Leicester is encouraging those who are eligible and not yet had their first vaccine dose to come forward now, while vaccine levels are plentiful, as supplies are expected to dip in April.
No appointment is needed, people can drop in anytime between 9am and 6pm on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th March.
The clinics are open to the following eligible groups:
- People aged 50 or over
- People with a health condition which puts them at higher risk from covid. For more details on which conditions this covers please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/
- Unpaid carers who live in the same household as those they care for – for example older people or people with a disability
- Anyone who has previously been invited for a vaccine but not yet made an appointment.
All groups will need to provide some form of ID on arrival to verify who you are and if you are unable to provide this you may be turned away.
The Peepul Centre is on Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP.
Vaccinations can still be booked at other hospital sites, as well as through GP practices. For further details of these options visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/
For further information about the vaccine visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
3. City mosque hosts pop-up covid vaccination clinic
Health bosses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are thanking local residents and community leaders who have helped to organise and support a pop-up covid vaccination clinic held at the Al Furqan mosque and community centre in St Matthews, Leicester yesterday (Thursday 25 March 2021).
Patients and local residents of the St Matthews area of the city were encouraged to attend the drop-in vaccination clinic if they were eligible and particularly if they had any reservations about the vaccine and were yet to be vaccinated. In total over 537 patients received their first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine during the 12 hour clinic.
To find out more about the pop up clinic visit: https://www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/latest-news/568-first-drop-in-vaccination-clinic-at-leicester-city-mosque-hailed-a-success
Further drop-in vaccination clinics are being considered by the CCGs, PCNs and community leaders in areas where vaccine take up rates are low. For further information about Covid vaccinations and to find out how to book your vaccine visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/
4. Midlands first to reach five million vaccines landmark
The Midlands has become the first NHS region in England to have delivered five million Coronavirus vaccine doses, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS.
The news comes just days after NHS England and NHS Improvement declared a record-breaking weekend, as 756,873 jabs were administered across England on ‘Super Saturday’ (20 March). The figure was the highest number of vaccines delivered on any single day since.
Now the latest figures, released on Wednesday 24 March, have revealed that the Midlands has become the first NHS region in the country to have reached the five million doses landmark, as over 4.75 million people have received their first dose and a further 295,136 million have received their second jab.
To find out more visit: https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/2021/03/24/midlands-leads-the-way-as-first-to-reach-five-million-vaccines-landmark/ and watch the video below.
5. Patient with mild learning disability shares important message
Shamima Essat, a patient in Leicester, who has a mild learning disability, has recorded a video talking about the covid vaccine.
Please support us in getting this important message out by sharing the video within your local networks and communities.