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5 on Friday: 8th April 2022

20th April 2022 | By Communications Team | Posted in

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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. Local NHS targets 5-11 year olds to become ‘vax heroes’

Ahead of the Easter break in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the local NHS is targeting children aged 5-11 to become ‘vax heroes’, by getting vaccinated against Covid during this holiday period.

Nationally, almost five million children in this age group are eligible for two doses of the vaccine following updated JCVI guidance, which recommended children can benefit from non-urgent offer of the vaccine.

A number of local sites are already providing vaccinations with more sites coming online throughout the week and next week. The majority of vaccines for 5 to 11 year olds will take place at local vaccination centres or community pharmacies outside of school hours and are available to book in advance or by calling 119.

There are also convenient local vaccine walk-ins across our area including a ‘drive-thru’ centre. Opening times are available on the CCG website.

Children aged 5-11 with no other underlying health conditions will be offered two paediatric (child) doses of the vaccine, with at least 12 weeks between doses. A paediatric dose is smaller than doses given to those aged 12 and over.

If a child has had COVID-19 they will still get extra protection from the vaccine, but they will need to wait 12 weeks before getting vaccinated.

Those 5-11 year-olds who are more at risk from the virus can already get two paediatric (child) doses, eight weeks apart, and their GP or hospital specialist should be in touch to arrange this.

For more information on available clinics, locations, times and booking information, see the ‘vaccines for 5-11 year olds’ section at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

Meanwhile, the drive-through vaccination centre at County Hall (Leicester Road, Glenfield, LE3 8RA) will be open 7 days a week, vaccinating people aged 5+. The clinic will be open:

  • Monday 11th April: 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday 12th April: 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday 13th April: 10am-7pm
  • Thursday 14th April: 10am-7pm
  • Friday 15th April: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday 16th April: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday 17th April: 10am-7pm
  • Wednesday 20th April: 10am-7pm
  • Thursday 21st April: 10am-7pm
  • Friday 22nd April: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday 23rd April: 10am-7pm
  • Sunday 24th April: 10am-7pm

First, second, third and 1st and 2nd booster doses are available to people aged 5 years and over.

The NHS is continuing to provide pop-up clinics at different locations each weekend. From today and over the weekend (8-10 April), vaccines will be available outside Lidl on Gypsy Lane, Leicester and at Coalville Market.

People can drop in at the following times for first, second, third and 1st and 2nd booster doses.

Lidl, Gypsy Lane:

  • Friday 8th April – Age 16+ between 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 9th April – Age 5+ between 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 10th April – Age 5+ 10am-6pm

Coalville Market:

  • Friday 8th April – Age 16+ between 10am-6pm
  • Saturday 9th April – Age 12+ between 11am-4pm
  • Sunday 10th April – Age 12+ between 11am-5pm

Further walk-in clinics will be taking place at the following locations this weekend and booked appointments are offered in some cases as indicated:

Saturday 9th April

  • Oakham Enterprise Park, 9.30am-5.30pm. Age 5+  1st  2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Saffron Pharmacy, 501 Saffron Ln, Leicester LE2 6UL. 9am-12pm, Age 16+, 1st, 2nd or 1st & 2nd booster dose
  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 12+ 9am-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Lidl Gipsy Lane. Age 5+ 10am-5pm, 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Coalville Market Age 12+ 11am-4pm, 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR Age 5+ 9.15am-2.45pm 1st, or 2nd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 12+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP.  8.15am-3.15pm Age 12+ (including clinically vulnerable Age 12-15)  1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15am-3.15pm, Ages 5-11 (including clinically vulnerable), 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Village Pharmacy, Main Street, Cosby.  9am-1pm,  Age 5+, 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Oakwood Pharmacy, 2A Main St, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough LE12 8RZ Age 12+ 9am-1pm 1st or 2nd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Leicester General Hospital, Age 12+ 8.30am-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Glenfield Hospital, Age 12+ 8.30am-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.

Sunday 10th April

  • Melton Sports Village. 9am – 1pm Age 12+ 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 1st & 2nd booster dose 
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  • Vision Pharmacy Spinney Hill, 1 Spinney Hill Rd, Leicester LE5 3GH. Age 12+ 12pm-3pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Lidl Gipsy Lane. Age 5+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Coalville Market Age 12+ 11am-5pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters
  • Highcross Shopping Centre Age 12+ 10am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP.  8.15am-3.15pm Age 5-11 (including clinically vulnerable)   1st, 2nd doses and  2nd boosters.
  • Loughborough Hospital, 8.15-11.15am, Age 12+ (including age 12-15 clinically vulnerable) 1st, 2nd, 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Feilding Palmer Hospital, Gilmorton Rd, Lutterworth LE17 4DZ.  12.15-3.15pm Ages 5-11 (including clinically vulnerable) 1st or 2nd doses and 2nd boosters.
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary, Age 12+ 8.30am-4pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd doses and 1st & 2nd boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Rd, Leicester LE4 7AN. Age 5+ 9am-6pm 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. 1st & 2nd Boosters.

For the full list of walk-in clinics and for more details visit: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/

2. NHS111 Online First campaign

Last week we informed you about the new local ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focussing on NHS 111 online first.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of NHS 111, particularly the online part of the service, amongst residents and communities across the LLR region. It is also intended to position NHS111 Online as the first-place people should go to for urgent care (unless it’s life threatening, when you should dial 999).

To support the campaign, we have produced a toolkit which provides information and supporting cmaterials for partners across LLR to help enhance and amplify the campaign messaging.

We’d be grateful if you could assist in sharing the information across your channels, networks and within your voluntary and community contacts.

You can access the toolkit by visiting https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vzotg1m2l675vt9/AAAEJq3DL8HQiwBjn52rfOA1a?dl=0

To find out more about the campaign, go to: www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/nhs-111/.


3. HSJ Award for transforming ADHD diagnosis

A scheme to speed up ADHD diagnosis in children and young people, which has involved Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) participation, has won a national award.

The Focus ADHD scheme, which was pioneered in the East Midlands with the support of LPT and others in the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, has been awarded the HSJ Partnership Award for Best Mental Health Partnership (the equivalent of the NHS Oscars!) for its innovative, QbTest.

The QbTest is an approved computer-supported objective test which measures attention, motor activity and impulsivity – the core symptoms of ADHD – and has resulted in almost 57,000 children and young people getting an objective ADHD assessment. The results are instantly analysed and presented in a report which compares a patient’s results against a normative dataset based on age and gender. ADHD practitioners then use information from the QbTest report alongside their clinical assessment to inform their decision whether the young person has ADHD.

The technology, which is now being used by 59 NHS trusts across the UK, speeds up the time to diagnosis, improving patient experience.


4. Recruitment event for child and adolescent mental health services

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is holding a recruitment fair on Thursday 28 April, for people interested in working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The drop-in event will take place from 2pm to 8pm at Morningside Arena, 31 Charter St, Leicester LE1 3UD (free car parking), and is open to anyone who is either an experienced professional or someone looking to get into the field or change careers.

To find out more visit www.leicspart.nhs.uk/camhs-job-fair


5. Local study to untangle organ damage after COVID-19 

A new study investigating the extent to which COVID-19 damages organs has opened in Leicester this week.

Led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre – a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University, the COSMIC study will be using MRI scans of participants, along with health records and blood tests, to compare the organs of people who have never had COVID-19 to those who have previously been infected. The research team hope the findings will help to better understand the extent to which organ damage is caused by COVID-19 and what is caused by other underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 is largely thought of as a respiratory disease which primarily affects the lungs. During the pandemic, Urgent Public Health (UPH) studies such as C-MORE and COVID-HEART recruited over 900 people who have had COVID-19, including 115 in Leicester, to investigate the impact on other organs.  Studies like these have shown the virus can damage other organs, including the heart, brain, liver and kidneys. Researchers now want to know how COVID-19 causes this damage, with the aim to find potential treatments.

Health conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), type 2 diabetes or heart disease are known risk factors for COVID-19. This means many people who have had COVID-19 also have one or more of these conditions. Many of these conditions can also cause organ damage so it can be difficult to tell what damage has been caused by COVID-19, and what would have been caused by these other conditions in the same timeframe. The COSMIC study team hope to begin untangling this issue.

Dr Ranjit Arnold, who is leading the COSMIC study in Leicester, said: “We know that how poorly someone becomes during and after COVID-19 infection depends on many factors, including their age, socioeconomic background, and whether they have other health conditions.

“Teasing out how much organ damage is due to the virus itself rather than these other underlying health conditions is key to improving our understanding of how COVID-19 can affect the organs. To do this we will ask a large group of people who haven’t had COVID-19 but may have similar underlying health conditions to participants we’ve recruited in trials so far to make comparisons.”

For more information about the COSMIC study email: cardiologyresearch@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or call 0116 2583385.


Extra: Repeat prescription reminder for Easter bank holiday 


Patients are being reminded to order their repeat prescriptions well in time for the Easter bank holiday, so they don’t run out of vital medications.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours or will be closed over the bank holiday, making it more challenging for patients to access medicines at short notice.

To save that last minute panic, patients can check their GP practice and local pharmacy opening times in advance, and if they have access to the NHS app, they can order repeat prescriptions that way too.

You can view bank holiday opening times by visiting https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-midlands-work/bank-holiday-pharmacy-opening-times/



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