Issue 38 - 9 March 2022

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.

National Careers Week

NCW LogoIt is National Careers Week (7-12 March) and the NHS is recruiting for more than 18,000 roles, many of which don’t require a medical or nursing background.

In NEL we want to encourage people to consider a career as an allied health professional (chiropodists/podiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists and many more).

Watch and and share our video by clicking here. You can find out more about careers here.

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Covid patient numbers at NEL hospitals continue to fall

Covid numbersAt the end of February, the number of Covid patients being treated at Barts and BHRUT (Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust) fell to their lowest level since before Christmas.

This is in large part due to the effectiveness of the booster vaccine and its successful roll out across NEL. It’s not too late for you to get your booster, or first or second dose and you can find out how to do this at one of our many local vaccination centres here.

For the latest advice on how to stay safe and stop the spread, visit the government website.

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Visit the Newham vaccination bus

busNewham’s Covid-19 vaccination bus is visiting different locations in the borough to offer residents the chance to have the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine without the need to book an appointment.

All residents 12 years old and over are welcome to attend and attendees do not need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number. The bus team includes trained vaccinators and can also do health and blood pressure checks.

The vaccination bus schedule varies weekly and can be found here.

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Your doctor wants to help you quit smoking

Quit SmokingTo mark No Smoking Day on March 9, Stop Smoking London has launched a campaign to help residents quit, with a little help from Barking GP, Dr Shanika Sharma.

In a series of YouTube videos she explains why your GP asks about your smoking status and why smokers should consider stopping and talks through the options available to those who’d like to stop.

To find support in your local area, visit the Stop Smoking London website, and to get involved in the discussion on social media use the hashtags #NoSmokingDay22 and #TodayIsTheDay.

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Get support with weaning your baby

WeanThe NHS has launched an ‘Introducing Solid Foods’ campaign, to offer all parents support and advice on introducing solid foods to their baby.

The free support includes a weaning hub, which is available on the Better Health Start for Life website, and is packed with NHS-endorsed advice, videos and tips, plus simple, healthy recipes. It puts everything parents need to know in one place.

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Royal London Trauma System boosts survival rates in London

Royal LondonSurvival rates for patients in London suffering serious injuries in stabbings, crashes and attacks have improved by 50% in the past five years, thanks to the London Major Trauma System. Based around major trauma centres at the Royal London and three other hospitals, it collaborates with services to guide patients from first response, critical roadside intervention and A&E through to rehabilitation.

The system is being profiled by the new Channel 4 documentary series Emergency, which you can watch on All4. See the trailer on YouTube

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How much sugar is your child eating per day?

The last school year saw a record rise in obesity, with data highlighting that 1 in 4 children of reception school age are now overweight or obese. For children in Year 6 (aged 10-11) that statistic rises to 4 in 10.

And it’s not surprising, since research also shows that children (four to 10 years old) are eating over twice the recommended amount of free sugars per day - consuming around 12 cubes each!

How much sugar is your child eating

The NHS Food Scanner app is an easy way to help your family make better food choices. Simply scan the barcode on your usual food and drink products, and it’ll recommend healthier alternatives.

Download Download the app for free here.

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Healthy Start vouchers are going digital

Healthy StartIf you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk. Visit to learn more and apply.

If you are already receiving Healthy Start vouchers, the way you receive these will soon change from paper voucher to prepaid card. You should have been contacted about this change already by letter or leaflet within your voucher pack. Read the FAQs for more details

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NHS North East London supports International Women’s Day

The NHS in North East London is supporting International Women’s Day (March 8). Visit the website for information on how you can support the campaign to break the bias and forge a world free of stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Updated: 20/04/2022