E-Bulletin - January 2022




COVID 19 Updates



Tested positive for COVID-19? - Your self-isolation period could now be just 5 full days instead of 6. Take a rapid lateral flow test each day starting on day 5, and you can stop self-isolating on the day of your second negative result. For more information on local testing and isolation Click Here

COVID-19 Vaccine - All individuals aged 12 and over eligible for a 1st or 2nd dose and all adults aged 16 and over wanting to book for a 1st, 2nd, 3rd dose or booster dose of the COVID-19 Vaccination are able to book an appointment by calling 119 or Click Here


You can book an appointment or walk in at your convenience to participating sites where walk in is available. For further information please Click Here 


Can help to connect you to the support you need in your community.


If you, or someone you know, needs help please email help@mertoncommunityhub.org.uk or call 0208 066 4086, between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. For more info Click Here


Looking After Yourselves - services, courses, things to do and more




Make 2022 the year for you! Take the Merton Moves 6-week Pledge. Commit to one or more physical activities for 6-weeks, it’s completely free and you’ll receive a fantastic fitness starter pack and friendly support to ensure you enjoy your new exercise activities. So far over 90 people have taken part and they’ve noticed improvements in their fitness, mobility, and social lives. As one Merton Mover said “What have you got to lose?"


For more information and to sign up Click Here

One You Merton Stop Smoking Support - To find out about support available to help you quit smoking Click Here

WDP Merton - provides free, confidential, and non-judgemental advice and support for Merton residents aged 18+. They also offer help to families or carers of people with alcohol and drug problems. For more information Click Here


St John Ambulance - are delivering FREE online first aid awareness raising sessions open to the public in February and March.  The next 2 sessions are on:-

  • Tuesday 22nd February - Emergency First Aid - 7pm - 8:30pm
  • Thursday 24th February - Everyday First Aid - 7pm -8:30pm

To find out what is covered and how to join please contact Rebecca.Haberfield@sja.org.uk 

The Comfort Zone - Safe Ground's creative reading and writing wellbeing programme is back offering FREE 5 week online programmes.  The new series of sessions launches in February.  

To find out more and book on please Click Here

Help inspire incredible artworks for new mental health spaces at Springfield Hospital -  

If you, your friends or family have used or worked in mental health services, you are invited to help imagine how they should look and feel through a series of online and in person workshops.

For more information Click Here

Looking for an NHS dentist? The NHS website gives information about availability of NHS dental treatment. It may be possible to find a dentist within reasonable travelling distance if there isn't one accepting new patients in your immediate area.


You do NOT have to be a resident in a particular area or borough to attend a dental practice there. For more information Click Here

Going for a colonoscopy - If you have an appointment for a colonoscopy, it's really important that you attend. For more information on and facts on the procedure please Click Here


Have your Say


Epsom and St Helier New People’s Panel - a new patient and public involvement network has been launched. It gives you the chance to have your say on the hospitals, community partnerships, and services as they prepare to build a new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (SECH) in Sutton and transform Epsom and St Helier hospitals.


For more information please Click Here

The South West London Health and Care Partnership - is designing a new website. They want to make sure it's easy to use, and that people can find what they're looking for. Help them create the new website by completing this short survey. 


The survey will take about 5 minutes. At the end you'll have the option to enter a prize draw to win £100 of shopping vouchers.  To take part please Click Here


If you need this survey in a different format or language, please email s.ridge1@nhs.net

The GP Patient Survey - is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over two million people across England. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.


To find out how your GP practice faired in the last survey Click Here

PANORAMIC - is a national priority trial investigating COVID-19 treatments for people aged 18 or over with current COVID-19 symptoms. For more details or to get involved please Click Here

Are you passionate and enthusiastic about the future of your NHS and want to help shape the future of services?

South West London CCG are currently seeking volunteers to play a key role in helping shape the future of services for South West London Musculoskeletal (MSK) services.

As a patient champion, service user, or carer, your role will be to attend meetings and speak from a service user perspective, acting as a critical friend.


For more information or to request an information pack please contact Clare Thomas by emailing clare.thomas@swlondon.nhs.uk or phone 0203 458 5231.


Deadline for applications will be Wednesday 9th February at 5pm.

Take five minutes to share your experiences - NHS and social care staff are doing everything they can to keep us stay well during these challenging times, but there might be things that can be improved for you and your loved ones, both in the area you live in and across the country.


To complete the Healthwatch England short survey Click Here




www.healthwatchmerton.co.uk for information about what we do. 

  Registered office:

Vestry Hall
London Road
Merton, CR4 3UD
United Kingdom

  Healthwatch Merton Tel:  020 8685 2282 email: info@healthwatchmerton.co.uk

  Healthwatch Merton contract is managed by Merton Connected. Merton Connected is the trading name of Merton Voluntary Service Council

 (MVSC), a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4164949, registered in England and Wales and a Registered Charity number 1085867.

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