Cedar Practice news March 2021
- The COVID-19 Vaccine is available for patients
Covid-19 vaccination centre located on site at John Scott Health Centre.
We will contact eligible patients to make an appointment.
Free transport is available - just let our reception know you need transport.
Please be aware that you should receive an invite for this vaccine via your GP surgery only. This will be by text and/or a telephone call.
A warning of vaccine scam phone calls and emails - scammers are using the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine to try to con people out of money and elderly people have been targeted. Please DO NOT provide any personal data or bank details to anyone claiming to be from the NHS - we will NEVER ask you for these details.
Ramadan and the Covid-19 vaccine
Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Monday 12 April 2021 and we urge our Muslim patients not to delay having their Covid-19 vaccine – first or second dose – during the holy month.
The British Islamic Medical Association has reviewed the analysis of Islamic scholars and confirmed that having the vaccine does not invalidate the fast. The vaccine does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products - this reflects the advice of the majority of Islamic scholars that it is permissible. If you are still unsure whether you should have a vaccine during Ramadan, please speak to your local Imam for guidance.
If you are taking prescribed medicines, you should continue taking them during Ramadan, but check with your GP if the doses need to be adjusted or the times that you take them need to be changed.
If you have diabetes and want to fast, please speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to do this. Remember that there is an exemption for people with diabetes, especially if you’re on insulin or have any medical complications.
Appointments: The practice offers telephone appointments, face to face appointments and online appointments. To book an appointment using our online service visit via Online Consult. A GP will respond to your email request within 48 hours.
We are offering a free flu vaccination to all patients over 50 and under 50s with particular long-term health condition and pregnant patients
If you have a minor ailment, you may be able to receive treatment from a local pharmacy for free. This scheme is called Health First Pharmacy. Please see this leaflet for more information on the service and the groups of patients who are eligible. Health First Pharmacy Scheme
Please see a list of pharmacies that will be open over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 2nd April - Monday 5th April) - Easter 2021 Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times
Smokefree Hackney is the stop smoking service for people who live, work or study in Hackney.
How to access Smokefree Hackney
Anyone can refer themselves or someone else to the stop smoking service via the Smokefree Hackney website https://www.smokefreehackney.org/referral or they can call Smokefree Hackney on 0800 046 9946 or email them at Smokefreehackney@nhs.net
Hackney Social Radio - a weekly hour-long programme for older Hackney residents, every Wednesday 11am - 12pm on Resonance 104.4 FM
Do you meet the criteria for free NHS prescriptions? check here
Calling all gardeners! we would love for you to join our gardening group, please email for more info firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekend appointments for wound care and childhood immunisations - speak to reception
Money Matters? - Hackney Council offer a guide to debt, work worries and benefits entitlements
Help someone sleeping rough
- Get in touch with a GP online
A new Online Consult platform, Online Consult. The Online platform aims to help patients seek advice and speak to usual GP. We are slowly gaining popularity with our new online platform check it out and let us know what you think... https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/cedar-practice
City and Hackney Duty Doctor - 8 am - 8 pm GP Appointments
GP appointments are available the same day at the Cedar Practice - and at other Hackney GP practices'. We urge you to contact your GP surgery during working hours, to get help with urgent medical problems, before calling 111 or going to a hospital Accident and Emergency department.
Our sister surgeries offer extended hours appointments. If you would like a weekend appointment or an appointments after 6.30 pm please speak to our reception team who will inform you about other surgery hours and appointment availability.