Please do not contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine
If you are aged 70 and over or are clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) and have not been contacted about having your first vaccine, please contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are a frontline health and social care worker, please book on the national booking system or using the staff booking system applicable in your organisation.
If you are aged 65-69 please book onto the national booking system for a list of vaccination sites or wait to get a letter from the NHS or be contacted by your GP.
If you are clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) or you are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or if you are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill, we are vaccinating people in this cohort, but please wait for your GP or council to contact you.
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating people who experts have agreed will benefit the most. We will let you know when it is your turn. Please see here for advice.
There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions, including vaccination information for frontline health and social care staff, carers and clinical vulnerable (moderate risk) at COVID-19 Vaccination programme | East London Health & Care Partnership (eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk)
Getting the help you need
The NHS in London is very busy as coronavirus infection rates continue to be high, but we’ll help you get urgent care when you need it.
Most consultations are over the phone and via video. This is for everyone's safety. We will assess your situation and invite you into the practice if needed.
We can arrange same-day appointments if you need urgent care but please don't visit without an appointment. Appointments will be held in the best way to keep you safe from Covid.
You can also contact 111, day or night, for other urgent health advice - including if you have concerns about your Covid-19 symptoms.
Please remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies.
Please help reduce infections, protect the NHS and keep each other safe by following the latest rules.
The first phase of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has started. When it is the right time you will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be a letter, either from your GP or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this letter. Information on the vaccine is available on here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
Community Links Mental Health Service
Community Links is excited to be able to offer a new mental health crisis prevention service in Newham.
You can now contact Community Links directly for access to:
- Information and signposting
- Peer support groups and wellbeing activities in Canning Town and online
- 1:1 Befriending with a trained volunteer
- Support to access advice and guidance on debt, welfare benefits, housing and more.
If you are interested in any of these services, please contact Rosalind on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07540 668943 Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm.
Please click here for further details of the Community Links service (PDF, 204KB)
PATIENT SUPPORT – WORRIED ABOUT COVID-19
The Practice has put in place measures to ensure the safety and any social issues of our patients and staff while also ensuring services are available as normal.
If you need any support ranging from social or anxiety issues we have dedicated staff members to aid you in your concerns. Please ring the Surgery for more information.
Tazeem Ali - Health Care Assistant/Care Co-ordinator
Natasha Sutton - Social Prescriber
Coronavirus & living with diabetes
Living with diabetes is difficult right now, faced with uncertainty that comes with the coronavirus and the recent news reports linking diabetes with an increased risk of dying from COVID-19 it is more important than ever to take control of your condition and access appropriate support when you need it. We have adapted our our services to be able to continue to provide the care you need.
All of our diabetes services continue to provide care and support through telephone, virtual and online clinics, with face-to-face care available where appropriate, such as foot care clinics. Together with local health and care partners we have developed some information online: https://www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/diabetes to support you through this period and we encourage you to read this information and use the information and education that is available. The NHS continues to be here if you need us.
Social prescribing - coronavirus weekly update
9 April 2020
Welcome to the second edition of the social prescribing update. Our aim is to summarise key guidance that has been issued in the previous week, and link you to resources and support relevant to the role of social prescribing during the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. If you have any queries relating to any of this content, please contact: email@example.com
You’ll find previous editions on the Social Prescribing Collaboration Platform in the Latest News section.
Guidance on shielding vulnerable people (Public Health England)
FAQs for patients re. shielding/caring for people at highest clinical risk from Covid 19.
Guidance to health professionals on using the NHS Volunteers Scheme
NHS Volunteer Responders referrers’ portal Health and social care professionals, pharmacists and local authorities can make requests by submitting details online via the portal. You can also call 0808 196 3382 to refer patients.
NHS guidance to general practices re the coronavirus response is regularly updated on the NHS England website.
Webinars, discussions and support
Webinars focussing on issues relevant to social prescribing link workers take place every Wednesday between 1.30 and 2.30pm. The webinar this week (8 April) was on staying emotionally resilient during the coronavirus outbreak. You can see the slides on the social Prescribing Collaboration Platform, by following the webinar link.
Next week’s webinar (15 April) will be Social prescribing link workers: Working with local authority hubs to get food and medicine supplies to vulnerable people Register here.
Recordings and slides from previous webinars can also be found on the Social Prescribing Collaboration Platform*.
There is an active discussion forum specific to coronavirus on the Collaboration Platform. This can be used at any time for peer support and to share questions or information. (It is not always monitored in real time.)
*If you are not already a member of the Collaboration Platform, email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the instructions in the email invitation which you will receive.
A reminder that the NHS England e-learning for social prescribing link workers is available on the Health Education England hub. Six modules are now live.
Our regional learning coordinators (RLCs) work across the country to support link workers, developing peer support networks and providing learning opportunities. They are all highly experienced in social prescribing and community development and provide an invaluable resource to all social prescribing link workers. Before the coronavirus outbreak a huge programme of face to face meetings and training sessions had taken place across the country. We can’t provide that same face to face support at the moment. The RLCs are still available to support you, particularly if you are struggling in your role, and they are busy setting up regular virtual peer support gatherings. We’ll let you have more information soon.
If you don’t already know who your RLC is, email us at email@example.com telling us where you’re based and we’ll put you in touch.
Useful links and leaflets
- Elefriends - Online community for people struggling with their mental health from Mind
- How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak from the Mental Health Foundation -
- Domestic abuse and Covid 19 – a resource produced by Safe Lives.
- Coronavirus, what it means to you – a wide range of information produced by Citizens’ Advice
- Coronavirus anxiety tips. Every Mind Matters (NHS)
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing – a suite of resources from Mind.
- Supporting young people's mental health during coronavirus - a range of resources from the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families
- Supporting people with an autistic spectrum disorder – produced by the National Autistic Society.
- Easy read information about coronavirus . Also provides information about supporting someone with a learning disability, from Mencap.
- Coronavirus information for people affected by dementia – from the Alzheimers Association.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for families looking after someone with dementia – from Dementia UK
- Personalised Plan Wellbeing Template - published by the National Academy for Social Prescribing
- Coronavirus appeal – launched by the National Emergencies Trust to help those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
- Supported self management – information from the NHS England’s Personalised Care team to help care professionals support people with long term conditions who are at increased risk from the coronavirus.
- #HelpNewham information leaflet (.pdf, 657KB)
- Leaflet with important advice and help for those who are ‘shielding’ at home (.pdf, 84KB)
- Top tips for mental health and wellbeing (.pdf, 107KB)
- Mental Health and Wellbeing_list of service providers (.pdf, 299KB)
- Bereavement and Support Info Guide (.pdf, 303KB)
- Vitamin D advice (.pdf, 106KB)
- Money Management and Financial Hardship_list of service providers (.pdf, 297KB)
- Top tips for managing your money (.pdf, 183KB)
- Make Yourself Heard - domestic abuse (.pdf, 862KB)
- Mens Advice Line - domestic abuse (.pdf, 2.17MB)
And finally, our quote of the week:
The final verse of a poem, written by Stephanie Smith – AGE UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Social Prescribing Link Worker (based on the true experience of a very grateful patient) - March 2020.
“I once felt so useless when I now know I’m a star,
I’m strong and I’m resilient because I’ve come so far.
My life is now worth living when it could have been so tragic,
And that’s why social prescribing is a prescription of pure magic.”
Social Prescribing Team
The Personalised Care Group
NHS England and NHS Improvement