If you provide care for a family member or friend who could not cope without your support, join the Hillingdon Carers’ Forum online. You can see the information here
The vaccine program continues to be rolled out at pace. Everyone in the first four priority groups (aged 70 or over, or clinically extremely vulnerable) should have now been contacted by the NHS and offered a slot for a jab. If you have received a letter and used the NHS link you will be offered a slot at Wembley. This is because it is our nearest mega vaccination centre.
If travelling to Wembley does not work well for you then please call your GP to see where there is space at one of the many smaller local vaccine centres.
For more information please visit: www.Hillingdon.gov.uk/vaccine
Rates of coronavirus have continued to rise across the country which unfortunately means we begin the year with another national lockdown. Please stay at home – this is the single most important action we can all take to protect our NHS and save lives. You must not leave your home unless necessary and stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.
The NHS continues to remain open and so if you have a physical or mental health concern it’s important you continue to get in touch and access our services. Rest assured that attending medical appointments is still deemed as essential travel. If you have an urgent but non life-threatening medical need, you should contact NHS 111 First. We also provide information on accessing your GP during this time.
In this issue, we share an update with you on the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine. We are aware that there is a new scam and people have been receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. Please take note of the things that we will never ask you to do. We encourage you to also continue getting your flu jab during the winter season.
We also share details on a payment scheme that offers support if you can’t work from home should you need to self-isolate.
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Cllr Edwards revealed that Hillingdon will host three of the ten mass vaccination centres planned for the North West London region.
They were listed as the Sir Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip, and the Compass Centre at Heathrow Airport, which are expected to be up and running by February 1. A third site is yet to be confirmed in Hayes.
Cllr Edwards said eventually the three sites will be able to vaccinate 10,000 people a day.
These centres will add to the existing small vaccination sites running in the Borough – Ruislip Young People’s Centre and the Navnat Centre Hayes.
The Hillingdon Hospitals Trust Board this week approved the submission of the draft Strategic Outline Case to regulators. This is for the redevelopment of Hillingdon Hospital and sets out that a new hospital build on the Hillingdon Hospital site is the preferred way forward. For more information see https://www.thh.nhs.uk/media/rss/2020/jul/hospital-site-announced.php.
It’s really easy, just use the map below, provided by Widen My Path, to identify where measures are needed in your area to enable people to walk and cycle safely as lockdown eases. You can also “agree” with other suggestions you think are good – just click on the pins to see the detail and click ‘agree’.
When you’re done, please email your council using our draft emails, to make sure they use this information when planning where to create safe space for walking and cycling. If you’re in Northern Ireland, there is no need to contact your council – we’ll be speaking directly to the Executive about Widen My Path.
Before you use Widen My Path, check if you’re council is already running their own consultation on the Active Travel Interventions Map below. If they are, you can also respond directly to them.
To add new ideas to the map, simply:
1. Zoom in to where you want to place the pin. If you’re too zoomed out, you can’t place a new pin. Check nearby pins to make sure your idea hasn’t already been suggested
2. On the right hand side, select whether your suggestion relates to a cycle way, a pavement, or a road closure
3. Explain exactly what you think is needed, and why.
4. Share with friends, family and colleagues – higher engagement will show the council just how important this is.
It’s vital that people are able to walk and cycle safely during the lockdown and beyond. .
Safe space is also hugely important for key workers, many of whom are choosing to cycle to hospitals, care homes and other essential workplaces to avoid the risk of public transport. This will only become more urgent when the lockdown is eased and public transport, roads and pavements get busier.
Over 10,000 people have written to their council. Many local authorities closed streets for cycling and walking and create temporary bike lanes to hospitals. The map below shows where councils have taken measures to create safe space for social distancing. If the council hasn’t yet taken action, use the Widen My Path map above to show them where measures are needed, then let your council know.
The Scottish Government has committed £10m to support councils to introduce these measures, while the Government at Westminster has put forward £225m for temporary measures, with details of a more funding coming soon. In Wales, the Welsh Government have made funds available for local authority applications, and in Northern Ireland the Department for Infrastructure – who have the power to make the changes – have also responded positively.
- pick up your shopping
- provide someone to chat to on the phone
- post your mail
- arrange prescription delivery
- walk your dog
- collect essential medical equipment
You can call H4All on 020 3949 5786 or email coronasupport@H4All.org.uk