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5 on Friday: 7th May 2021

7th May 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

07 May 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.




1. COVID-19 vaccination update 

As you will be aware, the MHRA is carrying out a detailed review of reports of an extremely rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The JCVI has previously advised that, for people under the age of 30, it is preferable to have another COVID-19 vaccine instead of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Today, this guidance has been updated to include those under the age of 40. You can read the announcement in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-advises-on-covid-19-vaccine-for-people-aged-under-40

Everybody who has already had a first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same jab, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination.

There has been no change to the groups of people who are eligible for the vaccine:

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/


Watch this short video from Lorna Hughes, Hub Coordinator for the Marios Tinenti Centre on the Bell Foundry Estate, Loughborough encouraging people who are offered the covid-19 vaccination, to take it.



2. More pop-up Covid vaccination clinics

Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics have been held in Leicester this week to enable eligible residents in the local community to get their vaccine.

There will be a twilight drop-in clinic held on tomorrow between 5pm and 7pm at the Leicester Islamic Centre on Conduit Street. Twilight drop-in clinics have been set up to make it easier for people observing the Ramadan fast to receive their covid vaccine.

Also this week saw the Melbourne Health Centre vaccinate eligible people who reside in the Highfields and Spinney Hill areas of the city. The clinic ran for two days (5 and 6 May 2021).

This week’s pop-up clinics follow on from those held last week in Beaumont Leys, where almost a thousand people received their first vaccine dose.

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/


Watch this short video from HM Government about how you can enjoy Ramadan safely by observing covid restrictions.



3. Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week takes place from Monday 10th May to Sunday 16th May this year.

NHS England and Improvement are hosting two virtual events during Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week:

For healthcare professionals: An online event on Monday 10 May 2021 at 5pm featuring Professor Jonathan Valabhji and others.

The event focuses on the latest updates from the NHS Diabetes Programme and provides delegates with an opportunity to share and discuss some of the biggest challenges and opportunities currently faced in preventing Type 2 diabetes as well as put questions to an expert panel.

If you have any questions about the event in advance you can contact kelly.mcginty2@nhs.net

To reserve your space please click here.

For patients: An informal Twitter chat will take place on Thursday 13 May 2021 at 5pm featuring Professor Partha Kar. Details will be available via the NHS England twitter page @NHSEngland and Diabetes UK.

There are 12.3 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The events aim to open up the conversation around awareness and prevention.



4. New Dying Matters website

Local people facing end of life or bereavement can now turn to online support thanks to a new website launched to coincide with Dying Matters Week (10-16 May 2021).

The website www.dyingmattersleicestershireandrutland.com aims to support people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland through every stage of dying, death and bereavement by providing comprehensive information, including details of the many health and care support services available across both counties.

Dr Reema Parwaiz, GP and clinical lead for end of life with the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Talking about dying and death is something people understandably feel uncomfortable about, but it is something we all need to do at some point because it affects every one of us.

“The past year has been devastating, with so many deaths due to Covid, and I think this has highlighted for many of us just how important it is to have the information you need in order to plan ahead, as this helps everyone concerned. We hope that people will find this resource helpful during difficult times.”

The initiative was first piloted in Rutland at the end of 2020 and is led by Dr Sarah Furness, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland. Now, with support from the LLR Clinical Commissioning Groups, it has been expanded to support communities in Leicester City and Leicestershire as well as in Rutland.

The website addresses many difficult questions, such as what to expect during the last days and how to prepare and support loved ones, including children, through loss.

We would be very be grateful if you could help make local people aware that this service is now available, by promoting the website address www.dyingmattersleicestershireandrutland.com  through your social media channels and on your websites.




5. World Hand Hygiene Day

This Wednesday the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups gave our backing to World Hand Hygiene Day and reminded people that washing hands can help save lives.

Chris West, Deputy Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs, said: “Since the Covid outbreak we have all been advised that washing hands effectively and regularly is one of the best ways of controlling the spread of germs.

“Now that society is opening up again it is particularly important to practice good hand hygiene, especially if you work in a shop, pub, cafe or any other customer facing business, or if you work alongside other colleagues. Make clean hands your habit, it protects us all.

“With more restrictions due to be lifted in June, we should all be mindful of the correct way to wash hands. It sounds so basic, yet all too often people do not take the time to do it thoroughly. Whether you are washing your hands or using hand gel, doing it the right way removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects.”

You should wash your hands:
•    after using the toilet or changing a nappy
•    before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
•    before eating or handling food
•    after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing (throw away the tissue and wash your hands immediately)
•    before and after treating a cut or wound
•    after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages

See the proper handwashing and hand rubbing techniques here: https://www.who.int/multi-media/details/how-to-handwash-and-handrub


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