Happy Nurses Day 2021

Happy Nurses Day from the Royal College of Nurses

International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May every year to celebrate the contributions that nurses make to society.

I think everyone would agree that the last 18 months have made everyone better appreciate the hard and important work that nurses do. Many nurses have been working long hours under very difficult conditions, literally risking their lives on COVID wards.

So to all nurses out there – Happy Nurses Day!

Today is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

It seems there is an international day for everything.

Well, today is World Tai Chi and Qigong day.

Man doing Tai Chi
Man doing Tai Chi – Image by Gianni Crestani from Pixabay

Tai Chi (also spelled Taiji) is a sequence of movements combining Qigong and Chinese martial arts, designed to improve physical and mental well-being. In China, it is common to see groups of people doing Taiji in the park.

Qigong (sometimes spelled Chi Kung) is the ancient Chinese study of energy or Qi. In particular, Qigong is a series of gentle movements designed to improve the Qi in your body. The low-impact and gentle movements are especially popular with older people.

Tied in with Qi is the concept of Yin and Yang, and trying to balance constantly-changing conditions. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, you have good health when the energy in your body is balanced and can flow easily through your body.

Image by 18121281 from Pixabay

Coronavirus is still limiting activities at the moment, but there will be plenty of classes around when the world becomes more normal.

COVID Vaccinations at Regent’s Park Mosque

The NHS is holding a pop-up vaccination session for eligible people at Regent’s Park Mosque on Saturday 03 April from 09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you are, or someone you know is, eligible for vaccination and would be interested in getting it done at Regent’s Park Mosque, then contact the number on the attached flyer for more information.

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Are you over 70? You can book a COVID vaccination

A message from Camden Council:

Camden Council logo
Camden Council logo

If you’re 70 or over or clinically extremely vulnerable and have not yet been contacted by the NHS, you can now book your own vaccine appointment at a nearby vaccination centre like The Francis Crick Institute or the Royal Free Hospital. To do that, go to nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or call 119 for free. If you would prefer to have the vaccine at a GP surgery though, please still wait to be contacted.

Wherever you choose to go to have the vaccine, please be reassured that it will be a COVID-safe environment. This means extra precautions are in place to keep you safe including extra cleaning and disinfecting and social distancing in waiting areas.

If you don’t fall into one of these categories, the NHS will be in touch when you’re eligible to have the vaccine so please make sure you’re registered with a GP and that they have your most up-to-date contact details. This means they will be able to contact you when it’s your turn.

If you don’t fall into one of these categories but know someone who does – for example, a parent, friend or neighbour – please consider getting in touch with them to let them know that they can now book an appointment at a nearby vaccination centre.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please go to nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine.

New COVID-19 test site in Camden

An announcement from Camden Council:

A new COVID-19 test centre opened in Camden [last] week, with plenty of appointments available should you, your friends or family members have coronavirus symptoms and need to book a test.

The centre is located at UCL’s Ramsay Hall on Maple Street, near Euston Road, W1T 5HB. The site is open seven days a week, with appointments from 8am to 8pm.

There are COVID-safe measures in place throughout to help protect you and our NHS frontline staff. Please note, that bookings are essential and you should not just show up.

The test site is not step-free so if you have mobility access needs please request an at-home test kit. To book either an at-home or in-person test today, go online via nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.