Tower Hamlets PCT: Give pregnant women the whooping cough vaccine
  • Petitioned Helen Cooper

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Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust - Primary and community care
Helen Cooper
Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust - Specialised commissioning
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Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust - Complaints
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Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust - Communications
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Tower Hamlets PCT: Give pregnant women the whooping cough vaccine

    1. gabrielle shiner-hill
    2. Petition by

      gabrielle shiner-hill

      london, United Kingdom

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October 2012

Victory

Thank you all for your terrific support, not only have I now had the vaccine we had a message from Dr Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health for NHS Tower Hamlets health services, saying he regrets the time it has taken for some mothers to receive the vaccination. He confirmed that the vaccination is now available in all the GP practices throughout Tower Hamlets, and strongly encouraged those who meet the criteria to ‘take advantage of the free vaccination’.

This is an important cause and I am pleased that NHS Tower Hamlets have reacted to our concerns.

Last week (1st October) following a government announcement, the NHS advised that all pregnant women were to be offered vaccination against whooping cough when they are 28-38 weeks pregnant. 

Whooping cough is a serious illness. Babies who get it can develop severe complications such as pneumonia and brain damage. Most babies with whooping cough will need hospital treatment, and when whooping cough is very severe they may die.

I'm 38 weeks pregnant and two people at my work have been diagnosed with whopping cough so as soon I heard the news I went to my local doctor's surgery (Bethnal Green Health Centre) to get the vaccine. 

But the surgery said they hadn't been given the authorisation to administer the vaccine by Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust (PCT) so they weren't vaccinating anyone.

A week and several requests later, the surgery say they have been trying to get the authorisation for their nurses from the PCT but they still don't have it despite having the vaccinations ready and waiting. But every day that passes places myself and other women and unborn babies in potential danger.

I'm fast approaching the deadline for receiving the vaccine and don't understand why there's a delay from Tower Hamlets PCT that could threaten the health of women and children across the Borough.

I know of one other surgery in Tower Hamlets who have given out the vaccine and City & Hackney PCT is widely adminstering the vaccine so I want Tower Hamlets PCT to make sure all women have access to the vaccine.

Please join me in calling on Tower Hamlets PCT to grant authorisation for surgeries to adminster this life-saving vaccine.


For more information on the whopping cough vaccine see here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2213818/Emergency-jabs-whooping-cough-cases-triple.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant.aspx

 

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    • Kate Picard LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      It is vital at a time of a whooping cough outbreak that pregnant women are given the vaccine!

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    • Erika Turner LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Access to health should always be a priority.

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    • Patricia Trainor BELLPORT, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Because it may save the life of even a single individual...

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    • Linda Roberts CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      It's not fair that some people can have the vaccine and not others. If it's necessary, then it's necessary for all, not a chosen few who live in the right place

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    • Somen Banerjee TOWER HAMLETS, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      Thank you very much for drawing attention to this important issue. I wanted to let you know that every pregnant woman who is 28 weeks and over can access this injection through the surgery they are registered with. I’m delighted that so many mothers want to take advantage of this vaccine and regret any delay to anyone who tried to get the vaccination during the last week may have experienced.

      It’s great to see that you are all supporting this. I strongly encourage all pregnant women in Tower Hamlets to get a whooping cough vaccination to protect their new born baby.

      If you have any questions please contact our customer service team: palsandcomplaints@elc.nhs.uk

      Somen Banerjee - director of public health for the NHS in Tower Hamlets.

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