Every GP practice across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland now providing Covid-19 vaccinations for patients
14th January 2021 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Coronavirus
From this week all 132 GP practices across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) will now be providing either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccinations to all eligible patients through their local primary care network (PCN).
Across LLR there are 25 PCNs; which are groups of GP practices that work together to provide care for patients in their area. In each PCN one GP practice will be administering the vaccine on behalf of all the practices in the group from either a dedicated GP practice or a community-based vaccination service. The PCNs that will be going live this week are:
- Aegis Healthcare and Belgrave & Spinney PCN – vaccinations will be administered from the Peepul Centre.
- City Care Alliance PCN – vaccinations will be administered from Merridale Medical Centre.
- Hinckley Central and Fosseway PCNs – vaccinations will be administered from Hinckley Leisure Centre.
- Leicester Foxes PCN – vaccinations will be administered from St Peters Health Centre.
- North West Leicestershire PCN – vaccinations will be administered from Measham Leisure Centre.
Caroline Trevithick, Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Performance for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland clinical commissioning groups said: “I’d like to extend my deepest gratitude to every member of staff that has worked so hard in getting the vaccination programme up and running in LLR, to get to this point has been no mean feat. Without the unwavering support and dedication of all our staff and colleagues across the health and social care system we wouldn’t be where we are today and I’m delighted that all 132 GP practices across LLR are now vaccinating through their local PCN. This will enable us to continue to accelerate the immunisation programme even further across LLR meaning that as we receive more vaccine we will be able to vaccinate more patients every day and we can continue to build local resilience against coronavirus.
Caroline added: “Some patients are also being sent letters by NHSE&I offering the opportunity to have their vaccinations at one of seven large vaccination centres with the closest to LLR being Birmingham Millennium Point – I’d like to reassure patients that they do not have to accept this invitation if it’s not practical for them. If patients choose to wait for a vaccination more locally they will still be contacted by their GP when it is their time to be vaccinated.”
When a patient is eligible to receive the vaccine they will receive an invitation from their GP practice, either by telephone, letter or text message, to book in for their vaccination. Both vaccines are typically delivered by a simple injection in the upper arm. Two doses of the vaccine are required for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and this will range between three and twelve weeks apart to achieve enhanced protection against coronavirus. The first dose will give significant protection until the second dose is given
There is a range of information available for patients ahead of receiving their vaccine, which can be found on the .gov.uk website.
Hinckley Central and Fosseway PCNs will be vaccinating patients from Hinckley Leisure Centre. The Hinckley Central PCN is made up of the following GP Hinckley practices; Castle Mead Medical Centre, Maples Family Medical Practice, Station View Health Centre and the Centre Surgery
The Fosseway PCN is made up of the following practices; Barwell & Hollycroft Medical Practice, Burbage Surgery, Orchard Medical Practice and the Old School Surgery.
Dr Arshad Khalid, Clinical Director at Fosseway PCN, said: “On behalf of Hinckley Central and Fosseway practices we are delighted to start our Covid-19 vaccination programme from Hinckley Leisure Centre. Once underway we will secure further supplies of vaccine and accelerate delivery to our patients at the site which is local to them. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you soon.”
Leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Cllr Stuart Bray said: “It’s important to provide a local venue that as many of our residents as possible can access easily so the council has worked closely with NHS partners to transform part of Hinckley Leisure Centre into a vaccination centre.
“The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme is a positive way out of the disruption and tragedy arising from COVID-19. The council is keen to help in any way it can to support the battle against this virus and get everyone’s lives back to normal as soon as possible.”
In the city of Leicester there will be three PCN groups launching this week these are:
- Aegis Healthcare and Belgrave & Spinney PCN consists of 11 GP practices, the Aegis practices are: Clarendon Park Surgery, East Leicester Medical Practice, Heatherbrook Surgery, Pasley Road Health Centre, The Willows Medical Centre and Willowbrook Medical Centre.
The Belgrave & Spinney practices are; Broadhurst Street Surgery, Canon St Medical Centre, East Park Medical Centre, Spinney Hill Medical Centre and the Charnwood Practice.
- City Care Alliance PCN consists of six GP practices, these are; Asquith Surgery, Beaumont Leys Health Centre, Fosse Family Practice, Merridale Medical Centre, Rushey Mead Health Centre and the Parks Medical Centre.
- Leicester Foxes PCN consists of seven GP practices, these are: Horizon Healthcare (formerly known as Evington Medical Centre), Al-Waqas Medical Centre, Narborough Road Surgery, St Peter’s Health Centre (Dr R Kapur & Partners), St Peter’s Health Centre (Dr S D’Souza & Partner), Dr R Sahdev (672 Aylestone Road) and theBelgrave Health Centre (Dr R Kapur).
Dr Vinay Gupta and Dr Imran Farooqi – Clinical Leads Covid Vaccination Programme Aegis PCN, said: “We are absolutely delighted to commence and participate in the largest movement to vaccinate our registered patient population that has ever been undertaken by the NHS. This will naturally be one of the most important public health campaigns ever and for us to be able to mobilise and operate in a community centre such as the Peepul Centre has been most satisfying. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the amazing staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver this most important service for the benefit of our patients. We would also like to thank all of our patients for their support throughout the last year and the CCG for their help and guidance to commence this.”
Dr Prakash Pancholi, Clinical Director and Dr Rakesh K Choudhary, Covid-19
Vaccination Clinical Lead at Belgrave & Spinney Hill PCN, said: “We are delighted to start vaccinating our patients against Covid-19 as from today. Our patients and the country as a whole has been through an extremely difficult time and we are sure that this will see is through to some sense of normality over the next few months. We would like to express our gratitude to our workforce that has worked tirelessly to deliver this and the CCG in facilitating the process.”
Nash Chhatralia, Business Development Manager at the Peepul Enterprise, said: “It’s an honour for us to be given the opportunity to help in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Both the Peepul Centre and the NHS teams have worked very hard to get the site up ready for the vaccines, which start this Thursday.”
North West Leicestershire
North West Leicestershire PCN will be vaccinating patients from Measham Leisure Centre and consists of 13 practices: Castle Medical Group, Ibstock & Barlestone Surgeries, Measham Medical Unit, The Surgery – Ashby, Broom Leys Surgery, Hugglescote Surgery, Long Lane Surgery, Markfield Medical Centre, Castle Donnington Surgery, Manor House Surgery, Whitwick Health Centre: Dr Patel & Dr Tailor, Whitwick Health Centre: Dr Virmani (& Dr Bedi) and Whitwick Road Surgery.
Dr Kirk Moore, Clinical Director at North West Leicestershire PCN, said: “On behalf of all the Practices in North West Leicestershire, we are delighted to start welcoming patients from all the GP practices in our PCN to begin vaccinating against coronavirus. The PCN team and all the surgeries have worked incredibly hard to get everything up and running and we thank our patients for their cooperation as we book them in for their vaccinations. We have clinicians offering to working 7 days a week to ensure all patients are vaccinated quickly and safely. If you’ve not been contacted for your vaccines as yet please don’t worry. As the supply of the vaccines we receive increases we will be in touch to book appointments for all eligible patients registered with one of our GP practices.”
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The vaccine is crucial to turning the tide against Covid-19 and I’m sure people across North West Leicestershire will join me in welcoming this excellent news.
“While this is a key moment for our district, it is not the time for us to drop our guard. It is going to take time to vaccinate everyone, starting with our most vulnerable, and at this critical point we must continue to stay home, protecting each other and our NHS.
“Thank you to the NHS, district council officers and Measham Parish Council for their efficient and collaborative work that has allowed to get this vaccination centre up and running so swiftly.”
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/ .