Vaccine programme may roll out to two more hospital hubs

JUCD spokesperson:

We are excited at the success of the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination across Derby & Derbyshire, and expect that this will be continued with the possibility of opening of two more hospital hub sites in the next few weeks.

We hope to be able to announce the location of these sites, in Chesterfield and Derby, as soon as they have completed final checks and are ready to begin vaccinations. Both sites will focus on vaccinating frontline health and social care workers, and the sites will not initially offer vaccination appointments for the public. These new hubs will also support other parts of the JUCD system, where teams are all working so hard to deliver the vaccine.

Colleagues at Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are working hard to identify and prepare these sites. They will be a valuable addition to the hospital hubs already operating at Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital, as well as the 15 vaccination sites operated by groups of GP practices known as Primary Care Networks.

This reflects the importance of so many different NHS organisations working closely together to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in the NHS’s history. Teams across the county are working incredibly hard to deliver this vaccine.

A Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has expressed an interest in hosting a hospital hub, offering COVID-19 vaccinations to patients being supported through our hospital-based services alongside local health and social care colleagues. 

“We are in the process of discussing this with colleagues at a regional level and hope to be able to start vaccinations soon. Unfortunately, given the limitations of our small hospital site, we would not be providing vaccinations to members of the public”.

A Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “We have expressed an interest in running a hospital hub for the COVID-19 vaccination programme at one of our sites and subject to all the right approvals at national level for establishing a hub.

“Subject to that approval, such a hospital hub would predominantly focus on vaccinations for frontline health and social care staff, at least initially. But it could also give us scope to work in liaison with the local Primary Care Networks, and the hospital hubs already in place at Chesterfield Royal Hospital & UHDB, to support in the vaccination of people identified in the most-at-risk groups at some point ahead.”