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Festive 5 on Friday: 22nd December 2021

22nd December 2021 | By Communications Team | Posted in

Welcome to the final issue of 5 on Friday for 2021

2021 has been another challenging year for many due to Covid-19, but the success of the vaccination programme in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), alongside the acceleration of the booster vaccine programme, provides us with the best possible protection against the new Omicron variant.

As cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise rapidly, it’s important to celebrate safely during the festive period to help slow the spread of the virus.

People are also being advised to limit contact with those from other households over Christmas and New Year and to take a lateral flow test before meeting up with friends and family or heading to an event.

Please continue to follow the current restrictions. It is now compulsory to wear a face covering in most indoor venues, including shops and on public transport, unless individuals are exempt from doing so. Negative lateral flow tests are needed to enter nightclubs, stadiums, and large events, except for those who are double vaccinated.

We’d like to wish you a happy Christmas and look forward to being in touch with you in 2022.

LLR NHS Communications teams

Message to staff from the LLR NHS CEO’s

Today (Friday 22nd December) Andy Williams, Chief Executive of the LLR CCGs, Richard Mitchell, Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and Angela Hillery, Chief Executive of Leicestershire Partnership Trust wrote to staff to thank them and to provide some detail around the things we are doing as a system to prepare for Omicron and keep the system and services running over the next few weeks and months.

Click here to view the letter from the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland NHS CEO’s.

Click here to view the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Integrated Care System, Omicron response infographic.

Click here to view: Preparing for the potential impact of Omicron

Covid-19 booster

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to get your Covid-19 booster.

Everyone aged 18+ who received their second jab at least three months ago can book an appointment for their booster jab. Booster appointments can be pre-booked if it’s been 2 months (61 days) since the 2nd dose via the national booking service or by calling 119.

If you’re due any dose of the Covid-19 vaccine they’ll be plenty of opportunities to do so over the festive period including clinics on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Many will be operating as walk-ins, so you don’t even need to make an appointment – just check the opening times and your eligibility and go along.

The following clinics are taking place over the Christmas bank holiday:Friday 24th December

  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am – 6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road Leicester LE4 7AN, 9am-9:30pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Fosse Medical Centre, 9am-12pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Glenton R & Son Ltd, 49 Welland Vale Rd, Leicester LE5 6PX. 9am-1pm, Age 18+ 1st, 2nd and booster dose only
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 9am-4pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or Booster dose.
  • Cosby Pharmacy, 67 Main St, Cosby, Leicester LE9 1UW. 9am-6pm, Age 18+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • Jalaram Community Centre, 2a Westcotes Dr, Leicester LE3 0QR, 9am-6:25pm. Age 16+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • St Theodore’s Church, 2 Sandfield Cl, Leicester LE4 7RE, 8am-9pm. Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • The Croft Medical Centre, 2 Glen Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4PE, 9am-12:30pm. Age 18+ 1st, 2nd and booster dose only
  • Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP, 8:15am-3:15pm. Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or Boosters.

Saturday 25th December 

  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am – 6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.

Sunday 26th December

  • Omcare Late Night Pharmacy, 160 Belgrave Rd, Leicester LE4 5AU, 7am-7pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters. CANCELLED 
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am – 6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • St Theodore’s Church, 2 Sandfield Cl, Leicester LE4 7RE, 8am-9pm. Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.

Monday 27th December

  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road Leicester LE4 7AN, 9am-9:30pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am – 6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Cosby Pharmacy, 67 Main St, Cosby, Leicester LE9 1UW. 9am-6pm, Age 18+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • St Theodore’s Church, 2 Sandfield Cl, Leicester LE4 7RE, 8am-9pm. Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.

Tuesday 28th December

  • Melton Road Vaccination Centre, 221 Melton Road Leicester LE4 7AN, 9am-9:30pm. Age 16+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Merridale Medical Centre, 10am-8pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Fosse Medical Centre, 9am-12pm, Age 12+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.
  • Vision Pharmacy, Spinney Hill, 10am – 6pm, Age 12+ 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose. Boosters.
  • Cosby Pharmacy, 67 Main St, Cosby, Leicester LE9 1UW. 9am-6pm, Age 18+ 1st or 2nd dose. Boosters.
  • St Theodore’s Church, 2 Sandfield Cl, Leicester LE4 7RE, 8am-9pm. Age 18+  1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose.

Further Covid-19 vaccine clinics are available at various locations next week and over the new year. Full details of local walk-in clinics are available at: https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/.

There are more clinic locations available for pre-booked appointments and details can be found online: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/. Appointments can also be booked by calling 119.

Keep safe and well this Christmas

GP practices across LLR will be open until Friday 24th December. Practices will re-open on Wednesday 29th until Friday 31st December. They will be closed again on Monday 3rd January with normal service resumed on Tuesday 4th January.

There are several ways in which the NHS can be accessed over the Christmas and New year holidays:

  • If you need urgent health advice when your usual GP practice is closed, please contact NHS111 online www.111.nhs.uk or by phoning 111. This service provides self-care advice on common ailments and, if necessary, they can arrange for you to see a nurse or doctor at one of the Healthcare Hubs in Leicester City or Urgent Treatment Centres in the County and Rutland..
  • Your local pharmacy, or chemist, isn’t just the place where you pick up your prescribed medicines. Pharmacists are qualified health professionals and are the right people to see if you need advice or over-the-counter medicines. You can view Christmas and New Year opening times here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/midlands/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-midlands-work/bank-holiday-pharmacy-opening-times/#leicester-leicestershire-and-rutland or check on your local pharmacy website.
  • If you have an urgent mental health need, call the Central Access Point (CAP) on 0808 800 3302, 24 hours a day. The service will arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service.
  • If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.

If you need medical help or have any health concerns over the bank holiday, please do not be put off from seeking help. Please understand that the NHS is here for you, and you should still seek medical help if you need it. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 please do not go to any health services in person, unless an appointment has been made in advance. For advice on what to do if you have coronavirus please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Extra: ICS funding

Health and social care leaders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have agreed to provide funding to Integrated Care System (ICS) partners for winter resilience.

This includes:

  • £19million to workforce resilience which includes £13m to social care to enable levelling up to the living wage and a winter retention payment for care home staff.
  • £2 million to support an enhanced discharge to assess model, that we hope to introduce immediately and will run until March 31st. This will increase access to care home vacant beds in homes not traditionally used by Adult Social Care due to higher fees.

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