Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland stakeholder bulletin #25
21st August 2020 | By Communications Team | Posted in
Issued on behalf of the NHS in LLR
Date of issue: 21st August 2020
Through these bulletins we will keep you updated on the NHS response to Coronavirus in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
We will try to ensure you have the latest information, but as you are aware the situation is rapidly changing. If you have any questions or would like to ask about a topic please email us at: PressOfficeLLRCCGs@leicestershire.nhs.uk
Local NHS welcomes £2 million funding to help prepare for winter
The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) have welcomed the Government’s announcement confirming £2 million additional funding to support Leicester’s hospitals emergency department during the winter months.
The funding will enable Leicester’s hospitals to increase capacity, provide extra resources and equipment where they’re needed the most.
With demand on services significantly increasing during the winter months, the local NHS is urging patients to only contact the emergency services in the event of a life threatening emergency or condition. For urgent care patients should contact their GP, call NHS 111 or visit: www.111.nhs.uk to receive the treatment they need, safely and in the most appropriate setting.
Mental health and emotional wellbeing support signposting resource pack and communications toolkit.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, with our partners, recognises the emotional burden the current unprecedented changes to daily life resulting from the coronavirus pandemic can potentially exert.
In particular we want to ensure that all communities impacted by the extended lockdown are able to access the right help.
We have put together a multi-lingual, multi-media toolkit for partners, organisations and agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, to share information on local services that can be accessed directly, whatever the level of need.
We developed a simple infographic summarising contact information for NHS and non-NHS services which individuals can contact directly. It links to the LPT website resources which detail local, regional and national help and resources including websites, apps and self-help guides.
This toolkit includes translations of the infographic in LPT’s top 10 requested languages for Leicester City. To see toolkit click here.
Do you want to help with developing a COVID-19 vaccine?
Over 100,000 people have volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials, helping to speed up efforts to discover a safe and effective vaccine. The government is encouraging more people to sign up to the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry to help the NHS in the fight against coronavirus. To enable large-scale vaccine studies to take place across the UK, the aim is to get as many people as possible signed up by October. Read more.
If you would like to sign-up to take part in the trials please click here.
Flu season vaccinations survey
In last week’s bulletin we told you about an online survey we are carrying out to understand why people do not have the flu jab and to understand if the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to influence your decision about the vaccine.
We have had a fantastic response so far – 166 at last count – and some very helpful feedback, which will help us to shape how we promote the vaccine and hopefully answer any concerns people may have.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. It’s not too late to provide feedback, so please do take part in the survey by clicking here.
Celebrities with cancer have joined NHS doctors to encourage the public to come forward for vital, life-saving checks
Famous faces backing the move to increase take-up of NHS checks include the Nolan sisters, who have recently opened up about their cancer diagnosis, and former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.
Although the NHS treated 85,000 people for cancer during the pandemic, nearly half of the public have said they had concerns seeking help in the midst of the outbreak, and one in 10 reported that they wouldn’t contact their GP even if they had a lump or a new mole.