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July 2022


Covid-19 vaccine appointments now available:

Covid-19 Vaccination Centre located in the John Scott Health Centre and Bocking Street 

    • We will contact eligible patients to make an appointment. 
    • Free transport is available - just let our reception team know if 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.
    • Should I have the Covid-19 vaccine? An informative leaflet 
    • Please see below for a helpful video from our one of GP colleagues at Spring Hill Practice with information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination



The practice offers telephone appointments, face to face appointments and online consultations. 

As of 28th April, we have resumed the ability to book routine face-to-face appointments online. Please see our 'Online Services' page for more information on how to register for this service.

To speak to a GP using our online service visit Online Consult. GPs will respond to an Online Consultation request within 48 hours Monday – Friday, either via text or telephone call.

Online Consult



Proof of Covid-19 vaccination:

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website.  Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.



Stressed? Worried? Feeling down?

  • Self-refer for counselling at Talk Changes, a confidential NHS talking therapies service for adults registered with a GP in City and Hackney

    -      Telephone: 020 7683 4278 / Website:


  • If you need urgent help because you are worried that you might harm yourself or someone else, call the 24-hour City and Hackney mental health crisis line: 

    -      Telephone: 0800 073 0006 (Freephone number)


  • Derman provides a range of well-being services for Turkish and Kurdish communities

    -      Telephone: 07956 495427 (Mon-Fri 9.00 – 13.00) / Website:


  • Bikur Cholim provides psychological therapies and counselling for Haredi and Orthodox Jewish patients

    -      Telephone: 020 8800 7575 / Email:


  • Mind provides psychological therapies and counselling for patients of African and Caribbean Heritage

    -      Website:


  • Please find details of urgent services and other support available in City and Hackney and across London here



Free treatment from a local pharmacy:

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



Stop Smoking:

Smokefree Hackney is the stop smoking service for people who live, work or study in Hackney.

Anyone can refer themselves or someone else to the stop smoking service via the Smokefree Hackney website

or they can call Smokefree Hackney on 0800 046 9946

or email them at



Are you eligible for Healthy Start vouchers? / Virtual workshops for parents

From April 2021, if you are pregnant or have a child under 4, you could get £4.25 per week to help buy healthy foods. Please see this poster for more information on the scheme and how to check if you are eligible.


HENRY are offering free 90 minute virtual workshops for parents on:

  • Starting Solids
  • Portion Sizes 
  • Understanding Children’s Behaviour
  • Eating Well For Less

Find out more and register here.



Sexual and Reproductive Health:

Please find below information on free services in Hackney to support your sexual and reproductive health.

Sexual Health Services in Hackney and the City of London



New Contraception Service:

Asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients can visit the online Sexual Health service to order a free STI test kit direct to their home.

SHL also offers a free ‘click and collect’ service for patients to access some forms of contraception from some Sainsbury’s and Lloyds Pharmacies, or to be delivered direct to their home. 

For more information, please see the leaflet below.

Sexual Health London leaflet

Access the service by following this link: 


Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS):


MECS is a free service available to all patients registered with a City and Hackney GP. The service is designed for the assessment and treatment of recently occurring medical eye conditions. 

You can be referred by your GP practice. You can also contact an approved optometrist directly (self-refer) and make an appointment. Ask to be seen under the minor eye condition service.

Appointments are available during normal working hours and you will be seen within 48 hours but usually on the same day.


Minor Eye Conditions Service



Working Together Group for Carers:

Working Together Group (WTG) for Carers is part of the East London NHS Foundation Trust's 'People Participation' programme and is open to all Carers living in or caring for those in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham or City of London & Hackney. Join the conversation about transforming mental health services in East London and be welcomed into a brand new family of carers like yourself. This space is not only to improve the mental health services available to those we care for – it is also a space designed to support Carers and their mental wellbeing as an individual; both alongside and outside of their Carer duties.

See this leaflet for more information about the group.


If you are reading this and the ‘Carers’ group does not feel as relevant to you or your contacts, our ‘People Participation’ team within the Transformation programme also offer the same opportunities across the following groups: Disordered Eating, Complex Emotional Needs, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics, Older Adults (65+) and Young Adults (18-25).

To register your interest in People Participation in any one of these groups, please fill in our “Getting to know you” form: or email


Older Adults in the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

East London Foundation Trust aims to engage with Older Adults to proactively address issues such as discrimination, neglect, and inaccessibility of mental health services across boroughs to develop services that are acceptable and effective for the diverse communities that we serve.

Please see the below details on how to get involved.

PP Poster ELFT


Covid-19 support in Hackney:

Hackney Council Support Services in response to Covid-19


Find our more about your urgent referral:

Your urgent referral - Cancer Research UK


Cervical screening recommended every 3 years:

Cervical screening information


Do you meet the criteria for free NHS prescriptions? 

Check here


How to manage ear wax build up without seeing a nurse or GP

Advice for patients re: self-care for wax in ears


Calling all gardeners!

We would love for you to join our gardening group, please email for more information

Community Garden Poster.pdf


Weekend appointments for wound care and childhood immunisations:

Speak to reception to book


Hackney Health Walks:

Join us for regular walks exploring the local area. Meet new people and reap the benefits of being active & in green space

Walkingtogether - a programme of wellbeing walks in Hackney


Money Matters?

Hackney Council offer a guide to debt, work worries and benefits entitlements, and outline where you can go to access help


Where you can find free internet access in Hackney:

Hackney Council offer a guide of where to use computers and the internet for free in Hackney


Find a food bank here


Help someone sleeping rough

 Hackney Rough Sleeping Help                                     

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