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Latest health news from our local NHS

Our local NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group writes:

1)     Half term walk-in COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for 12-15 year-olds in south east London
Young people are primarily being offered the vaccination through their school immunisation service, and parents/carers will be contacted in advance. Vaccinations are also available in a number of settings, bookable via the national booking service or on a walk-in basis. Those with underlying health conditions will be contacted by their GP practice or specialist.

To support the in-school offer we are opening up a number of clinics to walk-in vaccination for 12-15 year-olds during this half term holiday. Parents and carers are welcome to attend with their child/ren or young person/people if they wish, but this is not usually required for the child/young person to receive their vaccination. Slots are available locally over half term at St Thomas’ Hospital, Montgomery Hall in Kennington and Streatham Place GP Surgery – please check the 12-15s page on our website for dates and times as these vary.

2)     Walk-ins set to open again at Montgomery Hall
The Montgomery Hall vaccination centre will open its doors to walk-ins again next week, Tuesday 26 October. Alongside COVID-19 vaccinations for 12-15 year-olds, they will be able to offer first jabs for those aged 16+ who haven’t yet had theirs, second jabs for 18+ (8 weeks after first) and boosters (6 months after second jab for eligible groups). Please check the SEL CCG walk-in page for details of these and other walk-in opportunities including pharmacies and the Lambeth Together Health and Wellbeing Bus.

3)     Live Q&As on the COVID-19 vaccination  
Facebook Live Q&A events for pregnant women/new mothers
Thursday 28 October 2021 (6.30pm)
Thursday 11 November 2021 (6.30pm)
To join these sessions, ‘LIKE’ the NHSSELONDONCCG Facebook page and just join at the start  https://www.facebook.com/nhsselondonccg
Instagram Live Q&A event for pregnant women/new mothers
Wednesday 3 November 2021 (6.30pm)
To join this session, go to /our_healthier_sel/ on Instagram

4)     More webinars and resources and information on COVID-19 vaccination
Recordings of previous Q&A sessions for parents and carers of 12-15s and 16-17 year-olds and pregnant women or new mothers are available on our website Working with people and communities - South East London CCG (selondonccg.nhs.uk) along with a range of other resources and information about Covid-19.

5)     Talk Cancer live online workshop - Cancer awareness training
Tuesday 9 November 2021 (10.30am – 12.30pm)
Cancer Research UK’s Talk Cancer team are hosting a live online workshop to help community figures across Lambeth raise cancer awareness as part of their role. The workshop will equip and empower attendees to raise the profile of cancer in the community by:

  • Increasing knowledge of key messages around cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis
  • Building confidence to talk to the public about cancer
  • Sharing ways of encouraging people to make healthy changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns

The workshop is open to any faith leader or organisation, voluntary and community sector organisation and community champions across Lambeth, so do please send this invitation on to other people in your network.  
To register click here or contact louise.edlin@cancer.org.uk  with any questions

6)     Connect and follow on social media
If you use social media, you may be interested on following us as below and re-posting any useful information:
Twitter@NHSSELondonCCG @nhsLambethCCG
Instagram: /our_healthier_sel/

7)     Opportunities for involvement at King’s College Hospital
Our partners at King’s College Hospital are looking for local people to get involved in areas of their work. Please email the King’s Patient and Public Involvement Team for more information about these opportunities kch-tr.KingsPPI@nhs.net
King’s Young People’s Forum (11-16 year-olds) -  for 11-16 year-olds who use King's, an opportunity to get involved in creating a Young People's Forum. Great experience and a chance to meet other young people making a difference to King’s services. Follow this link to sign up securely - a parent/carer's details will be needed https://bit.ly/2Tt8i9s 
Food and Nutrition Group – patients and carers/family members, to help improve the provision of food and drink for King’s patients. They’d especially like to hear from people who have particular dietary needs and from people from black and multi ethnic communities
Patient information group – help make King’s information leaflets easier for patients to understand
Outpatient improvement group – an opportunity for users of outpatient services at King's to share your experiences and help improve communication and clinic environments
Creating King’s Acute Medical Unit - to improve the flow of patients coming into the hospital at Denmark Hill, King’s is creating an Acute Medical Unit to help patients see specialists faster if they need urgent care. If you care for an older person, have a long term condition or sometimes need acute medical care for your condition, King’s would love to hear from you. They want to make sure the new unit takes account of what matters to you when you are very unwell