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Healthwatch North Tyneside News – 8 July 2021

Read our latest annual report detailing our achievements over the past 12 months and our priorities for the coming year. Find out where to get vaccinations, how to cancel and change vaccination appointments, and other answers to commonly asked questions. View our current surveys and hear from our volunteer Antalya about being part of the Healthwatch team.

Have your say

Have you recently had your COVID-19 vaccine in North Tyneside?

We’re continuing to gather feedback about getting a COVID-19 vaccine. In particular we’d like to hear from people who have received their vaccine at a North Tyneside vaccine centre in June or July. Tell us where you received the vaccine, what was done well and what could be improved in this short survey.

Tell us your experience here


Carers’ survey

We want to hear about carers’ views and experiences in a survey from North Tyneside Carers’ Centre and Healthwatch North Tyneside, on behalf of North Tyneside’s Carers Partnership Board. Your views will help local services better understand carers’ issues and identify ways to improve services. You could also win £100.

Tell us your experiences as a carer


Our news

In what was an unprecedented year, Healthwatch North Tyneside stepped up to the mark. We not only delivered on our core charitable aims of sharing health and care information and ensuring people’s voices were heard, but also rethought the way we worked to better support local people during the pandemic.

Download our annual report here


How to get a COVID-19 vaccine

We’ve created a comprehensive guide to getting a vaccine in North Tyneside, with help from our partners North Tyneside VODACommunity Health ChampionsTyneHealth  and North Tyneside CCG.

A guide to getting a COVID-19 vaccine

How to change or cancel a vaccine appointment

We are often asked how to change or cancel vaccine appointments, so we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for both the national and local booking systems.

A guide to changing or cancelling appointments


Local health news

The latest vaccination sites

The drive to increase vaccine rates in North Tyneside continues with the provision of a number of walk-in clinics and bookable appointments in community pharmacies. North Tyneside Council are keeping their website up-to-date with the latest vaccination sites. Find dates, times and locations here in the Testing and Vaccination section. https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/page/26134/coronavirus-covid-19#test-and-vaccination

The Community Health Champions are also sharing regular updates on their Facebook page. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/ChampionsNT/


How long to wait between vaccine doses?

Lots of people have been asking how long to wait between COVID vaccination doses. The Government announced earlier this week that it should be 8 weeks between the first and second dose for all ages. There may be clinical reasons that mean you could get your second dose earlier but you would need to discuss that with your vaccinator.

Vaccine passports

You can access your NHS COVID Pass through the free NHS App on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 status will be shown within the NHS App, which can be downloaded as a PDF. For a paper copy call 119.

The NHS COVID Pass will show that you have had a full course of vaccinations.

Please DO NOT contact your GP as they are unable to provide you with the pass.

Vaccination programme update


TyneHealth launch their Long COVID webpage

The website and social media campaign #MyLongCOVID provides trusted information and support on Long COVID for both North Tyneside residents and healthcare professionals. Visit the webpage at https://tynehealth.org.uk/long-covid/

Keep up to date with the latest information about COVID-19 and the vaccination programme on the TyneHealth website https://tynehealth.org.uk/covid-19/


Competition winner

Congratulations to Richelle Duffy from North Shields, the winner of our prescription services survey prize draw, who’ll be receiving £25 Love2Shop vouchers.


Our volunteers


Volunteers’Week 2021

It has been a while since we had a chance to meet face-to-face with our amazing volunteers, so we all really enjoyed our Volunteers’ Week celebration event at the Linskill Centre. Our volunteers told us they are really looking forward to getting out and about again as soon as restrictions allow.

Find out more about becoming a Healthwatch volunteer


Useful information and opportunities

LD:NorthEast launch Health Cards – an easy read resource to help with health related appointments

The Health Cards use Easy Read text and pictures to explain what may happen during a medical or health related appointment. The cards can be used in various health settings to help reduce fears and anxieties, and to help ask and answer questions. Download the cards on the LD North East website.


Consider mental health support for some people with acne, says NICE

NICE have recommended mental health support for people who experience acne, which can lead to psychological distress and in some cases contribute to a mental health disorder. Read more here


Latest news and reports from Healthwatch England


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