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10 May - 16 May

Mental Health Awareness week - Hackney resources


Saturday 15 May - 10am - 11.30am - more detail here

Vaccine confidence webinar. Panel led by Prof Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health London.


16 June, 14 July, 15 Sep, 22 Sep 9.30am

East London Health and Care Partnerships invite all public and voluntary sector organisations to participate in a half day workshop to improve knowledge, skills and understanding in supporting those bereaved through suicide.  

Register here





Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online

You can now book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online if you are:

  • Aged 38+
  • Are a carer for an at risk person
  • Are a frontline health or care worker
  • Have a condition that puts you at higher risk
  • Have a learning disability 
If you are aged 50 or over or clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) and have not had your first vaccination and haven't been booked in yet, please contact your GP. 

You can book online here or call 119 to book your appointment if you have no access to the internet or need some help. For more information please see below for the NEL COVID-19 FAQ's or our local City and Hackney frequently asked questions. 

If you're aged 38+ you can walk into Westfield Stratford Vaccination Centre for your first COVID vaccine, no need to book! It is open 8am-8pm. 

In Hackney, there are a number of vaccination sites:
  • John Scott Health Centre, Green Lanes, Hackney N4 2NU
  • Bocking Street Vaccination Centre, Hackney Central E8 3RU
  • Clockwork Pharmacy, 398-400 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1HP
  • Bees Pharmacy, 199-201 Rushmore Road, Clapton, Hackney E5 0HD
  • Silverfields Chemist, 141 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
  • Haggerston Pharmacy, 201 Haggerston Road, E8 4HU
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy – Stoke Newington, Stoke Newington Road, N16 8AD
In City the vaccination sites include:
  • Boots, 120 Fleet St, EC4A 2BE

Alternatively, vaccinations for residents registered at Tower Hamlets GPs are being administered from:

  • Newby Place Health and Wellbeing Centre, 21 Newby Place, Poplar, E14 0EY
  • The Art Pavillion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY
Some residents will also be invited to attend the mass vaccination centres at:
  • Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford
  • Excel Centre, Canary Wharf.


To find your nearest Doctor, click here 

Vaccinations and pregnancy and Breastfeeding - Message from Homerton Hospital

The Trust is aware that women are currently being offered the Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy. This includes those whose medical history makes them more vulnerable to serious illness from Covid-19 and those who occupation means they are at higher risk of exposure.

Ideally women will have been offered the opportunity to discuss their decision with their named Midwife or with their GP, particularly if they have questions related to a long term health condition which their GP has oversight of. However the Trust is able to offer a service for women who would like to discuss the current advice from the Government and RCOG with a Midwife before making a decision.

The Homerton Hospital Maternity Helpline will be ready to take these calls on 020 8510 5955 7 days a week 10am-6pm.

19 Language versions: Arabic, Albanian, Chinese, English French, Farsi, Kurdish, Hindi, Panjabi, Nepali, Polish, Romanian, Tagalog, Turkish, Spanish, Somali, Ukranian and Urdu - Vaccinations guide-  childbearing/pregnant


Community Collect: rapid COVID-19 testing 

From Friday 9 April everyone in the UK is being encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 twice a week.As national restrictions ease, rapid testing is a critical way to reduce the spread and keep us on track with the roadmap out of lockdown.

Rapid Covid-19 tests are free and provide results within 30 minutes.

Access rapid testing through an educational setting, or workplace, OR, there are a number of ways you can access rapid tests by:

  • Ordering home testing kits to your home. See order a home test kit below
  • Collecting home testing kits from a collection point, such as a pharmacy, community centre, or testing centre. Use the NHS Covid-19 test and vaccination site finder tool
  • Visiting a rapid testing centre - BOOK



Covid-19 related information


VIDEO FAQs (find your language) - NEW (13/05/21)

* VIDEO - What is in the vaccine and how does it work?

* VIDEO - How was the vaccine developed so quickly?

* VIDEO - Is the Covid-19 vaccine safe?

* VIDEO - The impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities

* VIDEO - What are the long term side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine?

* VIDEO - Has the vaccine been tested on people like me?

* VIDEO - BME Health Forum video - Covid-19 vaccine information, Arabic

* VIDEO - Rushana Ali MP - Covid-19 vaccine message in Sylheti

* VIDEO - Dr Sui discusses the vaccine - Barking and Dagenham, Cantonese

* VIDEO - Dr Mohammed Abdul-Latif (Clinical Oncology Registrar at North Middlesex University Hospital, Arabic

* VIDEO - Tazmina Ahasan - Discharge Coordinator Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital, Bengali

* VIDEO - Sangita Patel -Clinical Lead for therapies, London North West University Healthcare,  Gujarati

* VIDEO - Kasia Kurkowiak-Jolley. Apprentice Nurse Associate and Accident Department Assistant, Polish

* VIDEO - Comfort Ekwueme, Triage and assessment team leader, Tower Hamlet's Community Services, Igbo

* VIDEO - Stefania Vasilescu, Maternity Assistant at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, Romanian

* VIDEO - Sumita Regmi - Dementia specialist nurse, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Nepali

* VIDEO - Dr Muhiddin Ozkor, Consultant cardiologist and clinical director, North Middlesex University Hospital, Turkish 

* VIDEO - Dr Farah Bede, GP in Tower Hamlets, Somali

* VIDEO - Vivian Motana, Healthcare Assistant, Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust, Swahili

* VIDEO - Temitope Akinfolarin, Administrator, East London NHS Foundation Trust, Yoruba


Covid explained in your language

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is now underway across north east London. Here you can find information in a variety of languages to explain the coronavirus vaccine and the importance of having the vaccine to protect yourself and reduce the potential of spreading the virus in your community. Please do share these resources widely and speak to your GP if you have any concerns about having the vaccine.

A leaflet with information about the vaccines and what to expect after having the vaccine is available to download in a variety of community languages here. 

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, has produced translated coronavirus vaccine guidance in over 30 languages which you can download here - - NEW (13/05/21)


FAQs - Doctors of The World - Corona Virus Advice translated into 60 different languages - NEW (13/05/21)

FAQs - Ordering free home testing kits - NEW (13/05/21)

FAQs -  DR Sandra Husbands  - (23/04/21)

FAQs -  NHS CITY AND HACKNEY - (22/04/21)


FAQs - Hackney Faith Leaders message - (30/04/21)

FAQs -  Blood clotting information leaflet - (07/05/21)

FAQs - How does the risk from AstraZeneca compare to other risks? -  (23/04/21)

FAQs - Hackney information booklet - (23/04/21)

FAQs - Guidance for organisations and local businesses - (07/05/21)

FAQsRoadmap of lockdown - what happens next? - (23/04/21)

FAQs - The Swiss Cheese Respiratory Virus Pandemic Defence strategy - (07/05/21)

FAQs - City and Hackney vaccination data  - (07/05/21)

FAQs - Bart Health Hospitals Covid-19 data - (07/05/21)



Counselling (self refer) -  Telephone: 020 7683 4278 or click here

Crisis line - new Freephone number: 0800 073 0006  - Link 

Turkish, Kurdish  - Derman Services:   Telephone: 07956 495427 (Mon-Fri 9.00 – 13.00)  - Link

Haredi, Orthodox Jewish -  Bikur Cholim:   Telephone: 020 8800 7575 / Email:

African, Caribbean Heritage - Mind

Chinese Community Health and Wellbeing Services - Telephone: 07464890902 - Link 




Financial support and advice -  Hackney Council offer a guide to debt, work worries and benefit entitlements.  Employed or self-employed on a low income, and can’t work from home and self-isolating, you may be entitled to  £500



Find a food bank here OR more assistance regarding food support here 



Local organisation offering support - LIST 



Myths Answered in Arabic

Myths Answered in Bengali

Myths Answered in French

Myths Answered in German

Myths Answered in Gujarati

Myths Answered in Kurdish

Myths Answered in Malay

Myths Answered in Polish

Myths Answered in Romanian

Myths Answered in Somali

Myths Answered in Tamil

Myths Answered in Turkish

Myths Answered in Urdu

Myths Answered in Welsh