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. If you don’t already access rapid testing through an educational setting, or workplace, there are a number of ways you can access rapid tests by:

Ordering home testing kits to your home

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


Smokefree City & Hackney is now live!

Free local Stop Smoking support services in City of London and Hackney.


From 26 April 2021, Smokefree City & Hackney is offering free, personal and confidential support to stop smoking for those living, studying or working in the City of London and Hackney, or who are registered with a City and Hackney GP.


Research shows that smokers are three times more likely to quit with support and medication compared to quitting on their own. Smokefree City and Hackney offers a flexible programme, enabling current smokers to access support and medication (free to those who don’t pay for prescriptions) to quit smoking. Individuals signing up to the service will access a free high quality evidence based service, one-to-one support with a trained Stop Smoking Advisor for up to 12 weeks, along with access to your choice of medication. Due to the impact of COVID-19, one-to-one support is currently telephone based. For more information about the support available visit

Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children Services Committee, Randall Anderson, said:

“This is a valuable service to the City and one that will help many people who want to stop smoking.”

“We know that stopping smoking can be hard, but you don’t have to do it on your own.”

“There’s lots of support available to give you the help you need to give up cigarettes. You are more likely to stop smoking for good with the right support.”

If you are a smoker and interested in quitting, please contact Smokefree City & Hackney via the online referral form or call our freephone number 0800 046 9946.


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Coaching for Unpaid Carers – From Bitter to Better Hackney Carers

Hackney Carers

City & Hackney Carers Centre

Main telephone: 020 8533 0951 

Option 1: Friday, May 7, 2021
10:30am-12:30pm (10:15am registration and introductions) Please register here:

Option 2: Wednesday June 2, 2021 – 10:30am-12:30pm (10:15am registration and introductions) Please register here:

When you’ve been hurt, it can be difficult to let go and move on. But holding onto bitterness and resentment can harm our relationships, and leave us feeling stressed and depressed. If you want to learn how to let go of bitterness and resentment, come along to one of our upcoming workshops with Coaching for Unpaid Carers. You will learn how to release yourself from the cycle of bitterness and resentment, and we will share some techniques for cultivating forgiveness for yourself and others. Lastly, we will share with you some of our top tips for keeping your cool in the midst of conflict. We are running this workshop on two different days. Places are limited so book now to secure yours. 


Covid-19 Vaccinations and Blood Clotting Information

Please find some useful information and age related tables: Click Here


Unpaid Carer Vaccinations

A reminder that if you are an unpaid carer you are eligible to have the COVID 19 vaccination. You should register with your GP as a carer if you haven’t already.

Once you are registered as a carer with your GP practice you will be able to book in your vaccination via the national booking service website

You will not need proof of ID when booking your vaccination in this way.

Alternatively you can contact your GP or call 119 to arrange your vaccination.


Smokefree City & Hackney

Smokefree City & Hackney is your local NHS stop smoking service, and we are continuing our work to help smokers quit during the pandemic: as we cannot currently see smokers in person we are running telephone and email support and advice sessions and arranging to supply stop smoking medications via local pharmacies. You can contact Smokefree City & Hackney by calling 0800 046 9946.

You can also follow Smokefree City & Hackney on twitter @SmokefreeCandH

Or visit the webpage here: Smokefree City & Hackney


Toenail Cutting Service

In their March Bulletin Healthwatch City of London provided an update on toenail cutting services:

The Neaman Practice are advertising a toenail cutting service delivered by Hoxton Health a registered charity. The service, which costs £15, is available to City and Hackney registered patients/residents deemed as vulnerable, over 55, living alone or a carer – at risk of mobility issues or falls.

To refer someone, phone Hoxton Health on 020 7739 2533 and supply the person’s name and their phone number. Hoxton Health will then contact people direct to make an appointment.

Clinics are available at:

Hoxton Health, St Leonard’s Hospital, Nuttal Street, N1 5LZ

Fountayne Road Health Centre, 1A Fountayne Rd, Cazenove, London N16 7EA

Nightingale Practice 10 Kenninghall Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 8BY

Home visits: The service is available to people unable to attend clinic. Please note you must be able to independently sit up, remove shoes and socks, and handle money, or you must have a carer present to use the service.

The Neaman Practice continues to offer the NHS GP referral service. The podiatry clinic at the Neaman Practice is still running, this happens every six weeks and is available via GP referral.

At Healthwatch City of London are meeting with the Head of podiatry from Homerton Hospital and City and Hackney CCG commissioner of the services, to discuss and resolve the on going issues Neaman Practice patients are experiencing in booking appointments at the podiatry clinic. Let us know of your experience: If you have experienced problems whilst trying to access this service, please let us know by emailing


FREE Covid-19 Pop Up Vaccine Clinic for Black and other Hackney and City of London communities

Are you aged 50+? Are you aged 16+ and at higher risk from Covid-19 because you have an underlying health condition that makes you clinically vulnerable (such as asthma, diabetes or HIV) Are you a carer for someone elderly, disabled or high risk? Do you consider yourself homeless or undocumented? Are you unable to access public funds or register with a GP? You are eligible to attend these community pop-up clinics

Thursday 15 April, 10 – 2pm

Halkevi Community Centre

31-33 Dalston Lane

London E8 3DF

Friday 16 April, 2 – 6pm

Pembury Community Centre

1 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane

London E8 1FA

Hosted by Community African Network (CAN) and Support When It Matters (SWIM).

All ethnicities are welcome to the clinic. Pre-booking will guarantee a slot for you. To pre-book, please call Ola (CAN) on 07518020494 or Peter (SWIM) on 07557260174.

CAN will provide language support in French, Lingala, Portuguese, Swahili Somali, Tigranya and Yoruba.


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