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Vaccines Concerns – Advice for Muslim Parents

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have provided the following public statement on flu vaccines, for adults and children.  The Council has been proactive in addressing a push for the flu vaccine in the Muslim community.

The information has been agreed by the British Islamic Medical Association and so will be regarded as a credible resource for those who have concerns.

Vaccine Concerns – Advice for Jewish Parents

The childhood nasal spray vaccine has been confirmed as being Kashrus for children of the Jewish religion. 

Please find a Vaccine letter from Rabbi A Adler here.

Carers FIRST Hackney

Carers First is commissioned to provide information, advice and support to people who provide unpaid care for an adult in the borough. 

To find further information and calendar, please go here

Healthwatch Hackney

Do you, the staff and the patients of the Spring Hill Practice want to know more about the local response to the Coronavirus pandemic?


Come and find out more at our Annual General Meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, 23 September 2020 4.30pm - 6.30pm

The meeting will include a presentation by Dr Sandra Husbands, Hackney’s Director for Public Health, focused on the Council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
There will also be a panel discussion to which members of the public are invited to ask questions. The invited panel are: 

  • Councillor Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure
  • Dr Sandra Husbands, Director for Public Health, City and Hackney 
  • Dr Mark Ricketts, Chair, City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group
  • David Maher, Managing Director, City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group

The meeting will take place virtually using Zoom. You can take part by telephone or online. To book your place please call freephone 0808 164 7664 email  or book directly using the following link

How to get a Coronavirus test in Hackney


Healthwatch Hackney

Healthwatch Hackney would like to hear from the Lawson Practice patients. Please find more information clicking below:

Hackney Carers and their experience during Covid19

Hospital Discharge Survey

Have your say on health and care services in Hackney



Seasonal flu is unpredictable and vaccination offers the best protection. For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week.

However, there is a particular risk of severe illness from catching flu for:

  •  older people
  • the very young
  • pregnant women
  • those with underlying disease, such as chronic respiratory or cardiac disease
  • those who are immunosuppressed

 This year you are also recommended to have the flu vaccine if you are:

  •  the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • a household contact of someone on the Shielded Patients List for COVID-19
  • a child aged 2 to 11 years old on 31 August 2020


Please find more information about flu and how to protect yourself and your closest by entering the links below:

 Flu vaccination: who should have it this winter and why (in different languages):

 Flu vaccinations for children (in different languages):

  Flu vaccination: easy ready flu resources:

For more information on the importance of routine immunisation during Covid-19, please go here


Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Practice new building 

Hackney Council and City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are considering opportunities to build new premises for our practice.

The site being considered is Belfast Road, N16.

The practice, along with your Patient Participation Group representatives and Heathwatch Hackney, are currently looking into design options and feasibility, and hope to be in a position to share more details in the coming months.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | Help the fight against COVID-19

(11th June 2020 | Last update)

Help the fight against COVID-19 by participating in this study. For more info, please click here



General Guidance on Covid-19. Information on: 

- Trusted sites to get guidance on Covid
- Managing an unwell child during social isolation
- Helping families cope with 'Social Isolation'
- Help in maintaing emotional and physical well-being

Privacy Notice

How are we using your data during the Covid-19 outbreak? Read here the Privacy Notice

Community Support 

Domestic Violence - For support to victims of domestic abuse, please see here 

For patients currently shielding, it is possible to register here for food and/or prescription delivery.  

Food provision
Hackney foodbanks process currently as below:

  • Patients can request a referral letter/email from their Practice stating - “'This is a foodbank voucher referral for CLIENT who is currently residing in ADDRESS.” 
  • The email or letter needs to include:
  • Resident’s age
  • How many people are living in the household (and their ages)
  • Brief reason for referral (e.g. health reasons, benefit delay, loss of work - no need for specifics/personal information).

Once the resident has the referral email/letter, they can find the times and locations of Hackney Foodbanks.

Children who are eligible for free school meals
The majority of schools in Hackney have set up systems for free school meals which include meal vouchers/cards and collections from the child’s school.

Other food provision
The Find Support Services Map has a category for food/meals.  You can download a snapshot at anytime - please note that the organisations on here are checked twice a week.

Prescription delivery

When possible, patients should encourage relatives, neighbours or friends to provide support in collecting or delivering medication. Where this support is not available the patient should contact their community pharmacy directly to arrange for their prescription to be delivered.

If the pharmacy is unable to help or the patient cannot get through to the pharmacy, residents can fill out this online form or call the helpline. 

Useful links for patient information during Coronavirus

Information for carers -

NHS Immunisations FAQ's


The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.

If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. 

For more information on how to self-isolate, please go here

Further information is available on or here.


COVID-19 Foreign Language Advice: 






Sunday SMEAR Clinics



All patients are now eligible to receive free condoms and Sexual Health Test Kits at the practice.

Please speak to reception to register for this scheme or click here to access more information 

Childhood IMMS Event | 15th March


Enhanced Access 

We are now offering some early morning telephone consultation appointments on Mondays and Thursdays. These appointments are from 7.30am to 8am and are prebookable online from 7 days before. They are primarily for patients who work and who are unable to answer the phone during the normal hours.

Please contact reception for any other query

Mental Health Campaign 

One in five over-65s living in the community are affected by depression. Depression and anxiety in later life,
especially over the age of 65, are often dismissed as a normal part of ageing, even though there's often personal or
even physical barriers which can prevent older people from accessing to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies services.

If you're struggling with low mood, anxiety or depression, we can help. To learn more, click here.  


Patient Participation Group 

For more information, click here


Coronavirus Update

If you have travelled from China or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus. Please do NOT leave the house. Instead, ring 111 if:

  • You have been in China in the last 14 days and develop cough, fever or shortness of breath; or
  • You have been in Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus, even if you feel well

For further guidance on the Coronavirus, please click here.

Free Sleep Service - learn more! 

Scope launched a new free Sleep Service in Nov 2018 in East London, for residents in Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets and have have recently included Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Scope’s Sleep Service programme supports families with disabled children and/or additional needs aged 2 to 18, who are having difficulty sleeping.

This service offers the following:
• Support from an experienced sleep practitioner over a six-week period
• A tailored sleep plan to help their child get a better night’s sleep
• Relaxed group learning sessions with other families

Read the flyer to learn more about this! 

GP Confederation Childhood Immunisation Special Event

Find all details for this event in the Childhood Immunisation Event Flyer

All walk-in patients are welcome on Sunday, the 15th March 2020!

Newsletter is out! Read it here

We're hiring! 

We have vacancies open, please click on the current vacancies tab for more information

The City & Hackney CCG is having a session to discuss blood pressure and the best way to manage it. Please look at further details on the poster below and participate!



Dr Vanessa NiChurrain will be on maternity leave from Monday 11th November. Dr Ford will be looking after her patients while she is away.

If Dr NiChurrain is your usual doctor please book to see Dr Ford in her absence


From Monday 4th November to Friday 8th November any patients eligible for flu injections can walk-in to the main reception between 11am and 12pm to get their free NHS flu jab.

There are also walk in clinics on the following days

Wednesday 6th November 3pm-6pm

Wednesday 13th November 4pm - 6pm

Wednesday 20th November 8.30am to 10.30am

Patients can also book an appointment online or by phoning reception to have their flu jab at a time of their choice.

We would urge all patients to protect themselves against flu and have their flu jab early.

You said, We did.......Early morning phone calls

We are aware that some patients working shifts have found it difficult to book telephone appointments. We now have some early morning telephone calls available from 7.30am to 8am on Thursday and Friday mornings. These early morning phone calls are for shift workers or teachers who are unable to answer the phone during the normal working day and can be booked online up to 7 days in advance.

Do you need to request a copy of your medical record or a confirmation of registration letter?

You can now download the form from our website to request this. Please hand in to reception or email to the practice.

Form available here Useful documents

Alternatively you can use the online health query section (click here) to send us a query about a medical report or administrative issue.


Group Consultations

We are excited to announce that Group Consultations are coming to Spring Hill. In response to studies that have shown clear benefits for patients, clinicians and GP practices, City and Hackney CCG are now implementing Group Consultations across Hackney. 

Group consultations are a new way of delivering patient care and we will be using these for our chronic disease reviews (Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, COPD). Patients will be invited to a group consultation rather than their normal chronic disease review. You will be able to share your experiences within a group but will have your condition managed and reviewed in the same way as normal, by a GP, nurse or pharmacist. Please see the useful documents section of the website for more information including Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively you can ask reception for further information and a patient leaflet. You do not need to do anything and will be invited to your chronic disease review in the normal way.


Childhood Immunisation Special Event on Sunday 10th November

Please come along to a Hackney event being held at our practice.

10am - 4pm Sunday 10th November.

Bring your child for routine or catch up immunisations. Contact the practice to book an appointment or WALK IN on the day

Please bring your child's red book to the session

Blood test results available ONLINE    

Patients with online access are now able to view their blood results online using the Patient Access App or on the Patient Access Website. Please speak to

reception if you would like to register online to access your results.

If you are already online but cannot see results please speak to reception to enable this feature.


Advice for patients travelling abroad

Patients who are staying outside the UK for more than 3 months will be removed from the practice list, but will be able to register on their return, so long as they are still living in the practice catchment area.


Repeat prescriptions can be provided for a maximum of 3 months with the exception of Levothyroxine and oral contraceptives for which up to 12 months can be prescribed, so long as you have had a recent medication review.


If you should require medical advice or treatment while travelling then you will need to seek it in the country you are in.

More appointments available online   

The following appointments are now available online

  • Blood tests (these must have been requested by the practice or already discussed with a GP)
  • Smear tests
  • Flu jabs
  • Childhood immunisation

Patient Participation Group Meeting

Would you like to become a member of our Patient Participation Group?

Our next meeting is on Monday 28th October at 4pm.

If you would like to meet practice staff to discuss practice issues and patient experience and to help improve our service please come along to our next PPG meeting.

Over the counter medications

From the 17th June we will stop prescribing medicines that are available to buy over the counters at chemists as part of an NHS England and CCG initiative.

Please click on this link: Stopping the prescribing of OTC medicines for more information.

Evening Blood Tests

Blood tests are no longer limited to morning appointments. You can now book appointments for blood tests up until 6.30pm.


Measles Outbreak

There is currently a measles outbreak in our area of Hackney. If you are unsure if you or your child have been vaccinated against measles please contact our reception. Please click on the link below to read more about our vaccination clinics.

Measles Outbreak Information  

Childhood Immunisation leaflet

Immunisation leaflet Yiddish

Measles in the Charedi Community October 2018

Immunisation clinic at Lubavitch children centre

You said, We Did

Click on the link to see our actions to your suggestions You said, we did

Patient First

We have recently changed our appointment system as patients were waiting several weeks for a routine appointment with a GP and were often having to come into the practice for things that could easily have been sorted out over the phone.  Our new system enables most patients to have a telephone consultation with a GP on the day they contact the practice. If you need to be seen the GP will book you a face to face appointment that same day.

Using this system we are able to offer a lot more appointments each day and current feedback suggests that patients are now finding it much easier to speak to their doctor and to be seen on the day they want to be seen.

Please see the Appointments page for more information on how to book appointments.

Upcoming events

Stroke Event

GP earning report: 2017-18 GP earnings report

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