Vaccinations gather momentum as two new primary care sites open

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Two more primary care COVID-19 vaccination sites opened for Derbyshire patients this week, as Newholme Hospital in Bakewell and Long Eaton Health Centre both began vaccinations.

The two sites joined other primary care sites in Dronfield and Ripley, which became the first primary care vaccination sites in the county last week. They followed the opening of hospital hubs at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Royal Derby Hospital a week earlier.

Long Eaton Health Centre

Arthur Marriott, an 81-year-old Breaston resident, received his first Covid-19 vaccination at Long Eaton Health Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

Arthur, a lifelong Nottingham Forest supporter and season ticket holder, said, “I feel great and I’d say to anyone don’t hesitate; do it for the community. But I’ll still be taking precautions and won’t forget hands, face, space.”

Arthur is looking forward to watching football from the terraces when things return to normal.

Vaccinations at Long Eaton are being coordinated by the Erewash Primary Care Network (PCN), which is a collaboration of 13 practices from Long Eaton, Ilkeston and surrounding areas.

Dr Duncan Gooch, who is one of the PCN’s Clinical Directors and a GP at The Golden Brook Medical Practice in Long Eaton, said the vaccinations had begun well and patients were positive about the experience.

“It’s been a really exciting day. We had our first patients come through at around 9am this morning, and we’ve been through several hundred in the day,” he said.

“The reaction from patients has been fantastic. People are absolutely delighted to have been called up to receive the vaccine, and many are just grateful that there is a health service out there to support them.

“Patients have been really positive, and we’ve had some great interaction with them. Lots of these people haven’t been out of the house very often, so coming out and speaking to people has been a real perk for their day. They’ve overwhelmingly said it’s been an easy procedure and much less painful than they expected.”


Newholme hospital

Baslow couple (pictured) Jim (84) and Pat Reeves (84) were among the first patients to receive their vaccinations at Newholme Hospital on Monday.

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Newholme Hospital was chosen as the hub for Bakewell and surrounding areas, and its vaccination programme is being run by Derbyshire Dales Primary Care Network (PCN), in conjunction with Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS). The PCN is a collaborative of 13 GP practices across the Derbyshire Dales.

The PCN's Clinical Director, local GP Dr Ben Milton, said local doctors and nurses were delighted to be delivering the vaccine to patients: “We’ve seen a fantastic number of people through today receiving their first jab, and I can’t wait to have them back again in three weeks’ time for their second jab.

“We are very proud to be part of this historic moment. Services have worked incredibly hard to get this site ready to vaccinate, a fantastic collaboration of colleagues from across the NHS and other agencies. It hasn’t been simple, but now the vaccines are due to arrive it is a very special moment for everyone involved, and of course for our patients as we start to see some light at the end of the tunnel of this virus.

More primary care sites will be opening up across the region in the coming weeks, and work is underway to begin vaccinations in care homes. Patients should not contact their GP about a vaccination, unless they are contacted directly.

Published: 23/12/2020