Issue 37 - 28 February 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.
In this issue
- Covid-19 latest guidance
- Access to Long Covid services
- Check your risk of prostate cancer in 30 seconds
- Book your cervical screening
- Healthcare volunteers to tackle youth violence in London
- Are your vaccination records up to date?
- Queen’s Hospital opens Intensive Therapy Unit
- Everything you need to know about your pregnancy…
- Do you know the early signs of a heart attack?
- Free help to quit smoking
- My Planned Care launch
Covid-19 latest guidance
A spring booster vaccine will be offered across the UK to those aged 75 and over, older care home residents, and those over 12 who are immunosuppressed.
Children aged 5-11 who are in a clinical risk group, or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed, are now able to get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Eligible children include those with diabetes, immunosuppression, learning disabilities, and other conditions as outlined by the UK Health Security Agency in the Green Book.
A full breakdown of Covid-19 vaccine eligibility can be found here.
You are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19, but you are still advised to stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people.
You do not have to take daily tests or self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
For the latest advice on how to stay safe and stop the spread, visit the government website
Access to Long Covid services
As we learn more about Long Covid – which refers to people with Covid-19 symptoms that last more than 12 weeks after first being diagnosed – we are continuing to develop our services to support local residents.
Visit the links below to see what support is available in your area:
- Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge
- City and Hackney
- Newham and Tower Hamlets
Check your risk of prostate cancer in 30 seconds
With 14,000 men in the UK likely to be in need of treatment for prostate cancer, Prostate Cancer UK and NHS England are encouraging Londoners to check their risk of developing the condition using a simple 30-second online risk checker.
One in 8 men will get prostate cancer - a statistic that rises to 1 in 4 for black men - and referrals for cancers in London have dropped by 14% in London since 2020.
Check the risk for yourself, or a loved one now.
Book your cervical screening
With cervical screening uptake in London the lowest in the country, women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 are being encouraged to book a screening appointment with their GP.
Two women die every day from cervical cancer, yet it is one of the most preventable cancers. Around 2,700 women in England are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and it is the second most common cancer amongst women under 35.
For more information on cervical screening, visit the NHS website.
Healthcare volunteers to tackle youth violence in London
NHS Violence Reduction Programme and YourStance are recruiting volunteer medical professionals to teach life-support, CPR and haemorrhage control training sessions to Londoners aged 11-25, who are most at risk of youth violence.
The sessions teach these fundamental life skills so that, if the worst happens, a young person might know how to save someone in an emergency. The sessions are also designed to inspire young people to consider a career in healthcare and take a proactive, positive role in looking after the health of their peers.
Are your vaccination records up to date?
People registered with a GP in England are advised to check their vaccination records are up to date, to avoid errors or incomplete information.
If you do come across an error, call 119 and ask to be referred to the VDRS (Vaccine Data Resolution Service), who should contact you within 5 working days. Any queries relating to incorrect personal information on a patient record (e.g. name, address) will need to be resolved by your GP practice.
If you still need to book a Covid-19 vaccination, click here.
Queen’s Hospital opens Intensive Therapy Unit
Queen’s Hospital in Romford has opened a new £7.5m Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) , which will be crucial in helping manage critical care patients.
The ITU is part of an £11.5m investment by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust to upgrade and expand their critical care departments. It includes the addition of 15 beds, which can increase to 25 in busy winter months.
Click here to watch MP for Romford Andrew Rosindell, Havering Council’s Leader Damian White, Health Scrutiny Chair Councillor Nisha Patel and Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Councillor Jason Frost open the unit.
For more information on the opening, visit Bhrhospitals.nhs.uk.
Everything you need to know about your pregnancy…
North East London is the first region in the capital to launch a local version of pregnancy and parenting app, Baby Buddy 2.0.
Anyone booked to give birth in NEL can now access additional details about their maternity unit, including specialist maternity services, maternity helpline, antenatal and postnatal clinic phone numbers, visitor and parking information, and links to their local Maternity Voice Partnership.
Do you know the early signs of a heart attack?
After research showed 3 in 4 people thought a heart attack was the same as a cardiac arrest, the NHS has launched a campaign to help people recognise the early signs and encourage them to dial 999.
It can be easy to dismiss early symptoms of a heart attack – which can include sweating, squeezing across the chest, and a feeling of unease - but it’s never too early to call 999 and describe your symptoms.
To read more about early warning signs, and how to maintain a healthy heart, visit England.nhs.uk.
Free help to quit smoking
Ahead of No Smoking Day on March 9, the Better Health Smoke Free campaign is on hand to provide free NHS tools and support to quit smoking, including the NHS Stop Smoking app, a free personal quit plan, advice on stop smoking aids and a tool to find your local Stop Smoking Service.
Giving up smoking is good for your health, and your finances. Visit the Better Health website now.
My Planned Care launch
Anyone waiting for a hospital appointment, operation or treatment, can now access the My Planned Care website which gives them direct access to the latest average wait time information for their hospital trust, plus helpful advice and support whilst they wait.
The website also includes details about how to manage pain and your mental health; how to keep healthy and access financial help.