COVID-19 vaccinations

Over-18s are now eligible for the booster vaccine. An appointment can be booked via the national booking service.

The COVID-19 booster dose can now be received three months after your second dose under recommendations made by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (was previously six months).

Walk-in vaccination centres

Winston Churchill Theatre
Winston Churchill Theatre, Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL
The site is open for walk-ins between Thursday 16 December and Friday 24 December
All vaccines are Pfizer.

Hillingdon Hospital COVID-19 vaccination hub
Pinewood Ward, Pield Heath Road, Uxbridge, UB8 3NN
Open 7 days a week between 8.30am and 7.30pm   For first, second and booster doses
(Can be accessed via a dedicated external entrance through the car park just off Royal Lane, so that visitors do not need to go through the main hospital building)
They are offering the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and can provide first and second doses to anyone 16 or over, as well as boosters for adults over the age of 18.

Mead House site
Mead House, Mead House Lane, Hayes, UB4 8EW
The site is open for walk-ins this weekend
Saturday 18 December, 9am to 5pm
Sunday 19 December, 9.30am to 12pm

Pharmacy walk-ins
To find the nearest pharmacy sites offering ‘walk-ins’ for first dose, second dose and boosters visit the ‘Grab-a-Jab’ website’.

List of Hillingdon Vaccination Pharmacies

Trading name of pharmacy Postcode
EASTCOTE PHARMACY, 109 -111 Field End Road HA5 1QG
DAYA PHARMACY, 750 Uxbridge Road UB4 0RU
BOOTS, The Chimes Shopping Centre, Uxbridge UB8 1GA
HAREFIELD PHARMACY, 12E High Street UB9 6BU
LANSBURY PHARMACY, 102 Lansbury Drive, Hayes UB4 8SE
LAWTONS PHARMACY, 8/9 Crescent Parade, Uxbridge Road UB10 0LG
ROSS PHARMACY, 28 The Broadway, Joel Street, Northwood HA6 1PF
SHARMAN’S CHEMIST, 3-5 Clive Parade, Northwood HA6 2QF
STOCKLEY PARK (Howletts Pharmacy), Unit 3, The Arena Business Centre UB11 1AA

Booking appointments
Booking is available on the national booking service for all sites.

 Weekend football stadium vaccinations
To help as many people as possible get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two large vaccination events are planned this weekend (first doses, second doses and boosters).
Saturday 18 December – Chelsea Football Club – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 19 December – Wembley Stadium – 10am to 6pm

To book for Chelsea Football Club vaccination centre  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/booster-saturday-covid-19-vaccination-event-stamford-bridge-registration-227648050447

To book for Wembley Stadium vaccination centre
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vaccination-bookings-for-wembley-stadium-tickets-227748179937

COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms
Twice weekly testing helps us to keep each other safe.
Tests can currently be picked up from selected Hillingdon libraries and children’s centres, local pharmacies, and via the ‘Community Collect’ service.

For more information visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/community-testing

Hillingdon Hospital Covid-19 vaccination hub

Hillingdon Hospitals Trust has opened a new public Covid-19 vaccination hub, at Hillingdon Hospital, and there are plenty of appointments available – either book online or walk in.

The new centre will help roll out of the Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters that are vital to keeping everyone in our community safe. But we need your help.

Please could you help share information about this service with your contacts and encourage your friends, neighbours, colleagues and family to come and have their vaccination at Hillingdon Hospital.

About the hub:   

The hub is located on Pinewood Ward at Hillingdon Hospital, and can be accessed via a dedicated external entrance through the car park just off Royal Lane, so that visitors do not need to go through the main hospital building.

We are offering the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and can provide first and second doses to anyone 16 or over, as well as boosters for adults over the age of 18.

The hub is open between 8.30am and 7.30pm, seven days a week. Walk-in appointments are available.

Appointments can also be made through the National Booking system. Pre-bookable booster appointments are currently being offered to anyone over the age of 30, and the system will be updated on Wednesday 15 December to allow those over the age of 18 to book for their booster.

In the meantime, over 18s are welcome to access booster vaccines through walk-in appointments, provided it has been at least 3 months (91 days) since their second dose.

Please note that we still require anyone attending our sites to wear a clean surgical mask, maintain social distancing, and wash/sanitise hands regularly. This helps us to keep everyone safe.

Current vaccine eligibility:  

  • Anyone over the aged 16 or over can have a vaccine.
  • People aged 18 or over should have their second dose from 8 weeks after their first dose.
  • Most people aged 16 or 17 should have their second dose from 12 weeks after their first dose.
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can get a booster vaccine from 3 months (91 days) after their second dose.

Vaccines are effective way for us to combat the virus – they save lives.  If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, there is a wealth of information available on the NHS Coronavirus Vaccination webpage and the Government’s website.

Many thanks,
Communications and Engagement
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Pield Heath Road I Uxbridge UB8 3NN

Hillingdon hospital roadshow

Book now for your place on the new Hillingdon hospital roadshow

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is taking its plans to build a new hospital for Hillingdon on the road with a series of events.

They want to hear from you and get your feedback ahead of submitting a planning application.

Register for an event online via the hospital’s redevelopment website thh.nhs.uk/redevelopment or use the links below

Tuesday 18 January 2022, from 6pm to 7pm bit.ly/roadshow-18-Jan

Thursday 3 February 2022, from 6pm to 7pm bit.ly/roadshow-3-Feb

Thursday 17 February 2022, from 6pm to 7pm bit.ly/roadshow-17-Feb

Niall Smith
Redevelopment Communications and Engagement Manager
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hillingdon Hospital | Pield Heath Road | Uxbridge | UB8 3NN
E: niall.smith5@nhs.net

Covid-19 vaccination: 12 to 15 year olds

Summary of information and resources as at 16 September 2021

This document has been produced by NHS England (London) and provides a summary of information published by the national health, care and education bodies as at 16 September 2021. It is intended for use by the NHS, Local Authorities, elected representatives, schools and the public.

This autumn, all children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, following advice from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to the Government.
Very few healthy children and young people with Covid-19 go on to have severe disease, but offering vaccination to 12 to 15 year olds should help to reduce the risk of complications, reduce time out of education, and reduce the spread of Covid-19 within schools.
Children will be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is the vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for children and young people over 12 years of age. This follows a thorough review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine in this age group.
The NHS is now preparing to deliver a vaccination programme in schools, similar to the way that other school-aged vaccinations such as HPV and flu are managed. Most areas will start to send invitations for Covid-19 vaccination from 20 September 2021 and school vaccination teams will start vaccinating soon after that. Consent will be sought from parents, guardians and carers before vaccination starts. Alternative arrangements will be made for children who are home schooled, in secure services or specialist mental health settings.
At present, one dose of the vaccine will be offered to most children in this age group, and the timing of a second dose will be confirmed later. Children in this age group who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), or live with someone who is immunosuppressed, will be offered two doses and will be contacted by their GP to arrange this.

Links to information for healthcare workers, schools, parents, carers and young people

COVID-19 vaccination information on NHS.UK  General information for the public on the Covid-19 vaccination, including how to get the vaccination, eligibility, side effects and safety.

Children’s Covid-19 vaccination leaflets   Including the ‘What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination’ leaflet for children aged 12+.

Easy-read children’s Covid-19 vaccination leaflet   Easy-read guides providing information on Covid-19 vaccination.

Information and FAQs for schools, parents, guardians, carers and young people on 12-15 vaccination  Including frequently asked questions about issues such as consent and side effects.

Review of the safety, quality and effectiveness of the vaccine in 12 to 15 year olds  Information from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on how the vaccine was authorised.

Detailed information about consent for young people, including Gillick competence  The ‘Green Book’ has the latest information on vaccines and vaccination procedures and issues relating to it.

Covid-19 public guidance  National guidance on how to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The full information pack and FAQs are here: National materials 12-15 vaccination 16 Sept v2

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre review

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre has been undergoing a review of services with feedback from patients, carers, staff and local people to modernise patient care and improve its facilities.

Earlier this year, it emerged that Watford had been earmarked as a preferred future site by the programme board. Plans to modernise facilities started after the current site was found to be neglected, short of staff and not fit for purpose in July 2019.  Many of the buildings were found to not be in a good state of repair, and concerns were raised regarding the long-term sustainability of the centre.

In a June 2021 stakeholder update, it was revealed that plans to make significant changes are making progress.  After considering the feedback from the review, there is an agreement that a new single-site specialist cancer centre at Watford General Hospital would be most appropriate.  A plot of land has been provisionally identified at the Watford site, and it is said the cancer centre could be built at the same time as the new Watford General Hospital development.  It would be close enough to the new building to enable a corridor or bridge to link the cancer centre with the hospital – which would make transferring patients easier.

The update suggested the plot could be available from 2023.  With the new location, there could be new therapies space, a brachytherapy theatre and interventional radiology cancer service and other services.  In addition to the new Watford service, there would also be new local access services to other parts of the Mount Vernon catchment area – with both plans estimated to come to £229million.  These additional developments will enable people to be treated closer to where they live, and would be useful to people where Watford is out of reach.  This includes extended services at Hillingdon Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital – and support in other parts including South Hillingdon and Ealing.

It is understood that proposals are expected to be finalised over the summer, with public consultation of the plans taking place in autumn if funding for the development has been agreed.

For more information about the review, visit: www.mvccreview.nhs.uk

The dates of the next introduction and update events for the review are:

Introduction to the review:  Thursday 17th June 2021 at 18.30,  Thursday 1st July 2021 at 18.30

Update to the review:  Friday 18th June 2021 at 13.00,  Tuesday 6th July at 18.30

Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service

Are you unhappy with the care and treatment that you, or someone else, is currently
receiving or has received from the NHS?  Do you want to complain and get things put right?  The statutory IHCAS works within the NHS Complaints regulations.  IHCAS Advocates can help you to use this process to raise your concerns.
Independent Health Complaints Advocacy is:
• Free
• Independent
• Confidential

IHCAS can:
• Listen to your concerns
• Signpost you to the right organisations outside of the complaint process if you need these
• Answer any questions about the complaints procedure and explain your options
• Provide a step by step guide to the complaints process and some self help tools
• Provide you with a POhWER advocate, who can help you to make your complaint and support you through the NHS Complaint process
• Support you to make a complaint about care and treatment provided or funded by the NHS
• Support you to make a complaint on someone else’s behalf if they would like you to
• Support you to raise and ask questions following a death
• Support a young person under 16 if they have capacity to reach their own decisions. If a child
does not have the capacity to make a decision about their treatment, only a parent or guardian may complain on behalf of their child without permission.
IHCAS can’t:
• Guarantee that a complaint will be investigated if it is over 12 months old
• Investigate complaints
• Give legal advice
• Give medical advice
• Provide counselling
• Help with issues not covered by NHS complaints regulations, such as privately funded treatment, personnel matters, such as getting staff disciplined or contractual matters
• Help with legal action and matters relating to compensation
• Provide a secretarial service.

We aim to work with everyone, taking account of their needs.  Find out more:  IHCAS Leaflet