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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | Help the fight against COVID-19

(11th June 2020 last updated)

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 Imms 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. 

Any family members will need to isolate for 14 days from the 1st day your symptoms started. This could go for longer, depending on whether they'll develop symptoms as well. 

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

Further information is available on or here


Translated NHS Guidance here (updated 19th March)

Mental Health Matters! 

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Patient Participation Group Meeting

We've hosted another Patient Participation Group today at the Lawson Practice. Please find the minutes here

Next meeting's will happen on the following dates: May 12th 6pm-7pm, August 11th 1pm-2pm, &November 10th 6pm-7pm

If you would like to join us, please speak to reception! 

Paediatric Eczema

The Lawson Practice is having a Parent Education session for paediatric eczema on the 26th Feb. For more information ask/book at reception. 


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


The Lawson Practice is holding a group consultation on Diabetes on the 19th November. Please call us if you wish to know more about this. 


City & Hackney CCG are 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! 


Rising Star Award

Melanie Hayes, Health Care Assistant and Trainee Nurse Associate has won the award for Rising Star for outstanding contribution to health and social care from the Royal College of Nursing.

Congratulations, we are so proud of you!! 


PatientFirst - Check what's changing! 


We will be changing our appointment system from Monday 2nd July to improve access for you the patient.

With this new system you can now have a telephone consultation to discuss your health concerns with your GP on the day of your choice!

Once your GP has spoken to you, they will either manage your concerns over the phone or offer you a face to face appointment on the same day!

How Does This Work?

There will be 2 ways to book a GP consultation

First Way: Book a telephone consultation online 24hrs in advance using patient online services. The GP will then call you within 15 minutes from your chosen time slot. This should make things easier for you as you no longer need to call the surgery to book an appointment.

Second Way: Call the surgery from 8am on the day you want an appointment, your telephone appointment will be booked and you will be asked to wait for the GP to call you back.

As a lot more appointments will now be offered each day, this means you will get to speak to your GP on the day you want to been seen

If you don’t have access to online services please bring proof of ID into the practice so we can set you up for this. Access to online services will also enable you to do things like request your repeat prescriptions, etc. You can register for online access here

 PLEASE NOTE: You should only book one telephone appointment per person as the GP will only deal with one patient per appointment.

Notice about continuity of care 

Dear Patients,

Because we know that seeing the same doctor is the best way to give you the best care possible we wish all patients to have their own doctor assigned to themWe would want you to see your own doctor at all times (unless they are on holiday or you have an emergency or you have a particular problem at that time that means you want to see a doctor of a particular sex). If you wish to know which doctor you are assigned to, please ask a receptionist. 

New patients will be given a doctor by reception based on their gender preference (if any).

 Best wishes,

 The Lawson practice

Latest PPG Meeting Minutes

From 13th August 2019 are available Minutes August

Next meetings will happen on the 12th November 2019 & 11th February 2020

GP Patient Survey

Your views can help improve local GP and health services.

Some patients registered at this GP practice will soon be invited to take part in a national survey about their experiences of local NHS services.

If you receive a questionnaire, please help NHS England by filling it in as soon as possible.

Visit to find out more.

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