Issue 40 - 05 April 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.

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Sajid Javid visits Barking Community Hospital

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to the Community Diagnostic Centre at Barking Community Hospital on Thursday 31 March. The work the team are doing there to cut waiting lists across north east London has been attracting national attention and the Secretary of State was able to see how additional diagnostic equipment is helping treat patients faster.



Support on accessing NHS services in Ukrainian

Do you need Ukrainian language information? You can download a Ukrainian language infographic on how to access NHS services and a Ukrainian language infographic on the Covid-19 vaccine.

Local council websites are great places for information on the wider support available for Ukrainian residents and refugees.

Handy infographics on how the NHS works for migrants are also available in English and Russian from Doctors of the World, a human rights organisation providing emergency and long-term medical care.

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Mubarak and blessings to everyone in north east London who is observing the holy month. NEL CCG’s website has information on how to stay well and is particularly important for anyone who has diabetes, takes prescribed medicines or who needs a medical appointment during Ramadan.

  • If you have diabetes and want to fast, please speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to do this. Diabetes UK has lots of advice on fasting and managing your diabetes during Ramadan.

  • If you are taking prescribed medicines, you should continue taking them during Ramadan, but check with your GP if the doses need to be adjusted or the times that you take them need to be changed.

  • If you have a medical appointment booked during Ramadan, it is very important that you attend. If you need to adjust the time, contact the relevant healthcare organisation to do so.

  • If you become unwell during Ramadan the British Islamic Medical Association advises that you should stop fasting and seek medical advice.

Ramadan Mubarak

Covid vaccinations for 5+ aged children

All children aged 5-11 can book a first (or second dose after 8 weeks) of vaccine using the national booking system, calling 119, or where possible, book directly with, or walk into, a local vaccination centre - Full details of where and how you can do this are here. Parents will be written to with information about vaccinations for 5-11 year olds.

A full breakdown of current Covid-19 vaccine eligibility and how to get vaccinated can be found here.

Hackney Covid-19 vaccination information and clinics for young people and families

Hackney Council will be hosting Covid-19 vaccination information and clinics for young people and families. People can learn more about the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as receive their first, second and booster doses.

The first will be take place at Laburnum Boat Club on Tuesday, 31 May 2022, 11am-3pm. The other site will be at Blue Hut Youth and Community Hub on Thursday, 14 April 2022, 11am-3pm. At both clinics, the Pfizer vaccine will be given to anyone aged 12 and older. Walk-in or book by calling 020 8356 3111.

Whipps Cross proposals get go ahead from Mayor

The Mayor of London has given his go ahead to proposals for the redevelopment of Whipps Cross hospital. The Mayor granted ‘Stage 2’ approval on 14 March, following planning permission being granted by the Waltham Forest Council planning committee in November 2021.

The new hospital will provide the same core services as today in a state of the art, net-zero carbon building

Changes to the GP x-ray service at Whipps Cross

In response to patient feedback and to reduce queuing times, the GP x-ray service at Whipps Cross Hospital has a new appointment system, as well as a partial walk-in service. 

Bowel screening saves lives

April is bowel cancer awareness month.

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the UK. Most people diagnosed with it are over the age of 60. To detect cases of bowel cancer sooner, everyone aged 60 to 74 who is registered with a GP and lives in England is automatically sent a bowel cancer screening home test kit every 2 years. If you receive a test kit it is really important that you do it.

Updated: 20/04/2022