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Community venues to host more local Covid vaccine patients this week

21st December 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Patients of an additional 42 GP practices in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will begin to receive the Covid vaccine this week, from four community-based vaccination centres. This comes after 29 practices began vaccinating patients last week.

Up to now, vaccinations have been taking place on GP practice premises, with one practice administering the vaccine on behalf of a group of practices known as a primary care network. All the GP practices starting their vaccines this week will use non-NHS buildings known as community vaccination centres.

The locations are:
The Kube Conference Centre, Leicester Racecourse
Rutland County Council’s offices, Catmose Street, Oakham
Melton Sports Village, Melton Mowbray
Charnwood Borough Council’s offices on Southfield Road, Loughborough.

Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.

Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland clinical commissioning groups said: “We wouldn’t have been able to begin vaccinating patients from as many practices as we have if it weren’t for local communities making their buildings available to us. It means we will be able to vaccinate greater numbers of patients, close to where they live, than we would out of GP practice premises alone. We are extremely grateful for their support in keeping our patients safe while we roll out the vaccine.”

Caroline Trevithick added: “You will be contacted by your GP practice to book your vaccination when your turn comes and you will be advised where you need to go. Please do not contact your practice enquiring about the vaccine before then.”

The clinical commissioning groups are also urging everyone to continue to remain vigilant and follow local Covid alert level restrictions and social distancing guidance while the vaccine is rolled out to all population groups.

The Kube
Thirteen practices in total will be vaccinating patients at The Kube conference centre at Leicester Racecourse:
Oadby and Wigston Primary Care Network: Bushloe Surgery, Rosemead Drive Surgery, Severn Surgery, South Wigston Health Centre, Central Surgery (Oadby) and Wigston Central Surgery.
South Blaby and Lutterworth Primary Care Network: Countesthorpe Health Centre, Hazelmere Medical Centre, Northfield Medical Centre, Masharani Practice and Wycliffe Medical Practice.
 Leicester City and University: Victoria Park Health Centre and Student Health Centre (De Montfort University).

Richard Palin, Clinical Director for Oadby and Wigston Primary Care Network said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all the team across Oadby and Wigston who have worked so hard to get us up and running providing covid vaccinations for our vulnerable patients and front-line staff. We look forward to being able to invite more people for vaccinations early in the New Year as vaccine supplies increase.”

A spokesperson for the Directors and Management of Leicester Racecourse said: “Leicester Racecourse is proud to lend its support to the NHS and the local community in the fight to save lives and get everyone’s lives back to normal as quickly as possible.“

The vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the upper arm. Two doses of the vaccine are required, three weeks apart, to achieve protection against
coronavirus. In advance of receiving their vaccine, patients can read more information in the leaflets available on the .gov.uk website.

Rutland Healthcare Primary Care Network, consisting of four practices, will be vaccinating their patients from Rutland County Council’s offices, Catmos St, Oakham: Empingham Medical Centre, Market Overton & Somerby Surgeries, Oakham Medical Practice and Uppingham Surgery.

Dr Hilary Fox, GP and Clinical Director of Rutland Healthcare Primary Care Network said: “We are thankful that the Covid Vaccination Programme is starting in Rutland as one of the first community vaccination centres. Rutland is home to a high number of older people who are vulnerable to Covid-19 and vaccination will protect patients, their families and our community. Our heartfelt thanks to our GP practices, NHS and Rutland County Council staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to get the vaccination programme started. We have over 2500 people over 80, and are prioritising the most vulnerable, so please come for vaccination when it’s your turn when you are contacted by your practice.”

Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council said: “We have received confirmation from that Rutland County Council’s Catmose offices in Oakham are to be used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. This is extremely good news for the people of Rutland and final preparations are now being made to get the site ready.

“The list of suitable sites in Rutland is very limited, due to our size and the makeup of our towns and villages. We feel it’s vital that our residents are able to access the vaccine here, in the County, and so have worked extremely closely with our partners in the NHS and national government to put all the necessary measures in place at Catmose.”

Melton, Syston and Vale Primary Care Network, consisting of four practices, will vaccinate their patients from Melton Sports Village, Burton Road, Melton Mowbray: Latham House Medical Practice, Long Clawson Medical Practice, County Practice and Jubilee Medical Practice.

Dr Fahreen Dhanji, Clinical Director of Melton, Syston and Vale Primary Care Network said: “I am thankful to be involved in setting up the community vaccination programme for our patients in the Melton, Syston and Vale Primary Care Network. It will bring hope to our patients and particularly the older and more vulnerable population who have struggled with all the restrictions during this pandemic. I am deeply humbled by how hard the staff in all our practices have worked to make this happen literally by burning the candle at both ends and I want to say a heartfelt thank you.”

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of the Council said:
“We have been working closing with the NHS in identifying a suitable local location for a vaccination centre and I am delighted the vaccine is coming to Melton after what has been a very challenging year. We appreciate it’s a complex programme the NHS have to deliver in rolling out the vaccine and we will do all we can to support them to allow our community to be vaccinated against Covid -19 – I would strongly encourage everyone invited to get immunised so we can beat this virus and look forward to a brighter future.”

In Charnwood, four primary care networks will begin vaccinating patients from their 21 practices from Charnwood Borough Council’s offices on Southfield Road, Loughborough:
Watermead Primary Care Network: Birstall Medical Centre, Greengate Medical Centre, Silverdale Medical Centre and Thurmaston Health Centre.
Soar Valley Primary Care Network: Alpine House Surgery, Anstey Surgery, Barrow Health Centre, Charnwood Surgery, Cottage Surgery, Highgate Surgery, Quorn Medical Centre and Banks Surgery.
Carillon Primary Care Network: Bridge Street Medical Practice, Loughborough University Medical Centre, Park View Surgery, Pinfold Medical Practice and Woodbrook Medical Centre.
Beacon Primary Care Network: Charnwood Medical Group, Dishley Grange Medical Practice, Field Street Surgery and Forest House Surgery.

Dr Rebecca Dempsey, Clinical Lead for the Covid Vaccination Programme for Charnwood GP Network said: “I would like to thank all our 21 practices in Charnwood for getting our first vaccine clinics up and running in such a short space of time and allowing us to bring hope to the first of our patients aged 80 and over. We would like to formally thank Charnwood Borough Council for partnering with us on this important initiative.”

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader at Charnwood Borough Council said: “I’m pleased the Council has been able to assist NHS colleagues with getting the local vaccination centre at our Council offices in Loughborough up and running.

“The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme is an important step in the fight against the virus and, as a Council, we are proud that we have been able to play our part.

“The Council has continued to support its residents and businesses throughout the pandemic, and the news that the vaccine is now being offered locally provides hope for the year ahead.

Dr Anu Rao, Medical Director for Charnwood GP Network said: ” We can now see light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against Coronavirus and the team at Charnwood GP network that covers 21 practices across 4 primary care networks have worked extremely hard to implement and deliver an unprecedented vaccine program. We are confident that general practice will step up to the challenge and run a very successful vaccination campaign for all the residents in Charnwood.”

For the full list of GP practices and primary care networks currently offering vaccines to patients, visit https://www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/my-health/coronavirus-advice/coronavirus-vaccine/
For further information about Covid vaccinations visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ .

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