Issue 26 - 23 August 2021
Health and care news from across north east London
Welcome to our public bulletin, keeping local people informed about health and care services; and how you can stay well and keep safe.
In this issue:
- Covid-19 vaccines for anyone aged 16 and over
- Unvaccinated younger people in hospital
- Vaccines for 12-15 year-olds
- Get vaccinated and no longer have to isolate if you get 'pinged'
- GP appointments available over August bank holiday
- Looking to start a career in the NHS or in communications?
- Have your say on the future of local hospitals
- Know the signs of cancer
Covid-19 vaccines for anyone aged 16 and over
People aged 16 to 17 can now get a Covid-19 vaccine by walking into any of the vaccination centres listed here without an appointment. No need to book, just turn up and get your Pfizer vaccine.
You can also find a local vaccination centre using the national “Grab-a-Jab” finder. You do not need to come with your parent/guardian but please bring proof of age if you have it.
If you are aged 17 and 9 months or over, there are over 50 vaccination centres in north east London where you can walk in or book an appointment for a jab. Book on the national booking system, call 119, or find out about local walk in venues like local pharmacies here or using using the national “Grab-a-Jab” finder.
Do you have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine? We’ve got the answers. From how safe is it, to will I get side effects, or why should I get it if I’m low risk? Simply click here.
Unvaccinated younger people in hospital
Almost two thirds of people under 50 who died in England with the Delta variant were not vaccinated against the virus, the latest national figures show.
New data from Public Health England also shows that 74% of this age group in hospital with the variant had not had a jab. There are now more people in hospital aged under 50 than over 50.
In this video, young Covid patients share their harrowing stories of having the disease.
Vaccines for 12-15 year-olds
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that children aged 12-15 should be offered a Covid-19 vaccination if they have health conditions that put them at risk of serious illness or if they live with someone who is immunosuppressed. If you or your child is eligible you will be contacted by your doctor when they are ready for you.
Get vaccinated and no longer have to isolate if you get 'pinged'
People who have had two Covid-19 vaccine doses in the UK no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. Instead of having to stay home and isolate for 10 days, you should take a PCR test (you’ll still need to self-isolate if it’s positive, or if you have symptoms), so you won’t miss out on work, going to events or going on holiday.
GP appointments available over August bank holiday
Knowing the right place for medical help over this summer bank holiday weekend can help you get the treatment you need faster. You can get an appointment with a GP from 8am to 8pm on the Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday (30 August).
Out of hours GP appointments are also available every normal weekday evening between 6.30pm and 10pm and every weekend between 8am and 8pm. Details on how to book these appointments can be found here.
Looking to start a career in the NHS or in communications?
There has never been a more exciting and rewarding time to work in the NHS and in north east London we are recruiting two new entry-level communications roles. Join our webinar on Tuesday 24 August at 5pm to find out more about the working in communications and engagement for the NHS, some tips on applications and interviews, and how to apply. You will hear from people who work for the team, including people who have entered at a junior level and moved up.
Even if communications is not for you, you are welcome to join to learn more about NHS recruitment and what a career in the NHS can mean for you to help you potentially take advantage of the next opportunity.
Have your say on the future of local hospitals
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) runs King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital in Romford and wants your views on their new plans for the hospitals. You can read more here and share your views by completing this survey.
Know the signs of cancer
Tummy discomfort that lasts for three weeks or more could be a sign of cancer. It’s probably nothing serious, but finding cancer early makes it more treatable. Your NHS wants to see you. Just contact your GP practice www.nhs.uk/cancersymptoms