Family doctors to open four Covid vaccination services across Surrey this week.
Surrey GPs begin offering Covid vaccine as part of biggest NHS immunisation programme
Family doctors will open four Covid vaccination services across Surrey this week as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.
Epsom Race Course, Chertsey Hall, The Westway in Caterham and St Christopher’s Church in Haslemere are set to kick off their clinics tomorrow (Wednesday 16 December).
Alongside the local NHS, Surrey County Council, district and borough councils and local community partners have all played a crucial role in preparations. By working closely together they have been able to tackle the tough logistical challenge of offering the vaccination in community settings safely and at pace.
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.
Like hospital staff at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, who were part of launching the world-leading campaign last week, practice teams are working rapidly to redesign their sites and put in place safe processes to offer the vaccination.
The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.
Dr Pramit Patel, East Surrey GP and Clinical Director for Primary Care Networks in Surrey Heartlands, said:
“GPs, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare professionals and our colleagues in the councils and community across Surrey have been working flat out to prepare for this. I’m immensely proud of this real team effort and it shows just what we can achieve when we all pull together.
“Over the coming months we will continue working with local communities to help vaccinate people in safe and convenient settings.
“When you are called up for the vaccine I would urge you to come forward and until then, please be patient and don’t contact your practice or visit any of the vaccination services to seek a vaccine.”
The latest phase of the vaccine roll-out is being co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks and local partners with some practices and larger vaccination centres in other parts of Surrey joining on a phased basis during the coming months.