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  • Large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre launches in Harleston Norfolk, accelerating the delivery of life saving jab

    by Karen Mason | Feb 27, 2021

    The NHS launches a new large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre at the old Paddock Road Surgery in Harleston on Sunday 28 February 2021, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. 

    The centre provides an additional option to the large scale vaccination centres already delivering vaccines in Kings Lynn, Norwich, Attleborough, North Walsham and Lowestoft; and the hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Norfolk and Waveney said:

    “We are delighted to be launching an additional large scale vaccination centre at the old Paddock Road surgery in Harleston; joining the centres already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination across Norfolk and Waveney.”

    “The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines a week and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.

    “We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work, and also to colleagues at the Harleston Medical Practice and SST Medical Properties for letting us use their premises for this vital vaccination programme.”

    People aged 64 and over who have received a letter can now book a vaccination at a time and location that is convenient to them by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.   

    New appointments are regularly added to the booking system, so please keep checking if you don’t immediately see an appointment in a suitable location for you.  Alternatively, people can choose to wait to be contacted by their local GP services.

    Melanie Craig, Chief Executive, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group added:

    “NHS staff, supported by volunteers and health professionals that have returned to the NHS are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care. 

    “Latest published data confirms more than 40% of Norfolk and Waveney’s most vulnerable patients have received their first Covid-19 vaccine and this new centre will help us vaccinate more people. 

    “Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. If you receive a letter inviting you to book your first Covid-19 dose via the national booking system, you can do this or choose to wait for your local GP practice to contact you to book an appointment at a site closer to you; there are options available.

    "When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointments. It is vital that you do not attend the old Paddock Road surgery vaccination centre if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.

    “I urge people across Norfolk and Waveney to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space; it’s also vital for people that have had a dose of the vaccine to continue following the same guidance.”

    The old Paddock Road surgery is situated behind the Co-op, not far from the main Harleston Medical Practice premises which are located in front of the Co-op.  To avoid any impact on patients and colleagues at the Harleston Medical Practice – who will not be able to answer queries about our large scale vaccination service - we ask that people park in the Co-op car park, the entrance to which is currently from Paddock Road.  The Co-op car park is free of charge.  Please do not park in the old Paddock Road Surgery car park unless you are a disabled driver or passenger.

    A one way traffic flow system has recently been introduced in the immediate vicinity of the Harleston Medical Practice and the old Paddock Road Surgery vaccination centre.  Sat Nav references should therefore not be used.  When arriving in Harleston, people should follow the highway signs for the vaccination centre which will direct them to the Co-op car park via Swan Lane, Weavers Croft and Paddock Road.  The vaccination centre is less than a minute’s walk from the Co-op car park.  When leaving the car park, please exit via Bullock Fair Close and left onto The Thoroughfare one-way system.

  • Large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre launches at the Priory Centre, St Neots, accelerating the delivery of life saving jab

    by Karen Mason | Feb 26, 2021

    The NHS launches a new large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre on Friday 26 February 2021, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. 

    The centre will be located at the Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots.

    The centre provides an additional option to the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust large scale vaccination centres already delivering vaccines at the Grafton Shopping Centre Cambridge; the City Care Centre Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon; the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech; the Indoor Bowls Centre Cambridge; and the East of England Showground; and the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said:

    “We are delighted to be launching an additional large vaccination centre at the Priory Centre, St Neots, jointing the centres already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

    “The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines a week and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.

    “We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work, and also to colleagues at the Priory Centre and St Neots Town Council for letting us use their premises for this vital vaccination programme.”

    People aged 64 and over can now book a vaccination by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. 

    Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added:

    “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care. 

    “Please attend your booked appointment.  Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

    “It is vital that you do not attend the vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.”

    “I urge people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

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    Editors notes:

    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – by appointment only - through:

    • The Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust at The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge; the City Care Centre, Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon; the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech; the Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, Cambridge; the Arena and Events Centre East of England Showground; and the Priory Centre St Neots, with more centres coming on line in the comings weeks.

       

    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – for more information on these services visit: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

    How to find the Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots PE19 2BH

    • By car:there are two public car parks on Priory Lane.The first is adjacent to the Priory Centre (PE19 2BH), and the second is at Waitrose (PE19 2BH).A third car park is available at the Priory, St Anselm Place (PE19 2BH) and a fourth is available at Tan Yard (PE19 1DF).Charges apply at all four car parks.

       

    • By bus: the Priory Centre is a two minute walk from the St Neots Bus Station on the Market Square (PE19 2AF

    • By rail:St Neots railway station is on Station Road, St Neots, PE19 1QF and is located to the east of the town approximately 2.5 miles from the Priory Centre.It is on the East Coast Main Line and is managed and served by Great Northern

     

  • Duke of Cambridge visits King's Lynn large-scale vaccination centre

    by Sarah Turner | Feb 22, 2021

    The Duke of Cambridge this morning (Monday 22nd February) visited a vaccination centre at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange in Norfolk to pay tribute to the incredible efforts and dedication of the staff involved in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. PW1

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “I was delighted to welcome the Duke of Cambridge to the vaccination centre in King's Lynn today.  I am so proud of the immense efforts our NHS staff and army of volunteers have shown as we roll out this life-saving vaccination programme. I would also like to recognise the hard work of staff across the local hospitals, GPs and pharmacists - and thanks to our collective commitment, we have delivered over 300,000 vaccinations to people in priority groups across Norfolk and Waveney.”

    During the visit, His Royal Highness spoke to NHS staff and volunteers about their experiences of being involved in the largest vaccination programme in British history. 

    Sandra Laycock, vaccination nurse, who undertakes clinical assessments to ensure it is safe to deliver the vaccine to individuals, said: “The Duke was really interested in all that we were doing here to protect people and help them return to a more normal way of life in the future.” PW6

    Margot Smith, immunisation nurse, was drawing up the vaccines today and said:  “It was great to explain the vaccination process to the Duke – he was really interested in my role in the vaccination centre today and my usual role as a school immunisation nurse."

    Debbie Rudd, vaccinator, said: “It was great to hear that the Duke was so positive about people having their vaccinations and he thanked us for everything we are doing to support the vaccination programme.”

    Raj Thirunageswaram, Clinical Operations Manager for the King's Lynn site, said:  “It was a pleasure talking to the Duke and I was pleased to share with him how well all the different professionals here today work together as a team.” PW2

    Mike Passfield, Clinical Operations Director for the Trust’s large scale vaccination centres, said: “I’ve been privileged to lead the mass vaccination centre programme on behalf of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, and I enjoyed sharing with the Duke how many organisations have collectively worked together to overcome our logistical challenges and rolled out this life-saving vaccination programme.”

    Husband and wife volunteers, Fliss and Stewart Davidson, added:  “It’s a great privilege to be part of the vaccination programme. We’ve been volunteering with the RVS since March last year and with the vaccination centres in Wisbech and King's Lynn for several weeks. The Duke was interested to hear how our role helps reassure people who are waiting to have their vaccine and how positive the atmosphere is at the Centre.” 

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    Editor's notes

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust delivers the four large-scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney, alongside a number of GP and pharmacy-led sites. The vaccination centre at the Corn Exchange in King's Lynn opened on 1st February and has delivered thousands of vaccines every week since.

    Statistics published by NHS England on 18th February confirm, for the period up to 14th February, that 307,716 doses of the life-saving vaccination have been delivered to people living in Norfolk and Waveney, with 94% of over 80s, 97% of 75-79 year olds and 73% of 70-74 year olds receiving their first dose.

  • Large scale vaccination centre launches at East of England Showground Peterborough

    by Karen Mason | Feb 15, 2021

    The NHS launches a new large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre on Tuesday 16 February 2021, as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  

    The centre will be located at the Arena and Events Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough.

    The centre provides an additional option to the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust large scale vaccination centres already delivering vaccines at the Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge; the City Care Centre, Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon; the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech; the Indoor Bowls Centre Cambridge; and the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county. 

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: 

    “We are delighted to be launching an additional large vaccination centre at the Arena and Events Centre at the East of England Showground Peterborough; joining the centres already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination.  Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks.” 

    “The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines a week and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.

    “We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work, and also to colleagues at the East of England Showground for letting us use their premises for this vital vaccination programme.”

    People aged 65 and over can now book a vaccination by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination .  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.  

    We’d encourage everyone to book an appointment when they receive a letter but if anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out please disregard it.  

    Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added:

    “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care.  

    “When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment.  Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

    “It is vital that you do not attend the vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.”

    “I urge people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

    ENDS

    How to find the Arena and Events Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough PE2 6XE (to find the Centre using sat nav, use PE2 6HE)

    The Arena and Events Centre/Vaccination Centre will be signposted from the Showground’s main gates.   Enter the Showground via gate 14. 

    For full details on how to find the Centre visit: https://eastofenglandarena.com/visitors/getting-here/   

    Editors notes:
    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – by appointment only - through: 

    • The Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust at The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge; the City Care Centre, Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon; the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech; the Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, Cambridge; and the Arena and Events Centre East of England Showground, with more centres coming on line in the comings weeks.   

    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – for more information on these services visit: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

    Who will deliver vaccinations 

    The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines.  
      

  • North Walsham large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre re-opens today (Tuesday 9 February 2021)

    by Karen Mason | Feb 09, 2021

    The large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre at the North Walsham Community Centre on New Road re-opens today after a temporary one day closure due to snow.

    We would like to remind people who were due to have their vaccination at North Walsham Community Centre yesterday to rebook their appointment via the National Booking System, using the ‘manage you appointment’ option at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ - anyone unable to book online can call 119. 

    All other large scale vaccination centres are also open to those with booked appointments including:

    • Castle Quarter Norwich
    • the Corn Exchange Kings Lynn
    • Connaught Hall Attleborough
    • Horsefair Shopping Centre in Wisbech

    Please remember to wrap up warmly for your journey, and we remind people that appointments are staggered to avoid queues so please turn up on time and don’t worry if you are slightly late – you’ll still get your vaccination.

  • Snow temporarily closes North Walsham large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre

    by Sarah Turner | Feb 08, 2021

    Due to the adverse weather conditions, the large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre at the North Walsham Community Centre on New Road will temporarily close today.

    The safety of the largely elderly and vulnerable people coming along to this rural vaccination centre (from 12 noon today) is our highest priority and because of the snow and ice it simply isn’t safe to open the Centre. 

    We know this will be a disappointment to those with booked appointments and we sincerely apologise.  Where people have provided contact details we are contacting them directly this morning to confirm these cancellations and ensure they know how to rebook the appointments via the National Booking System, using the ‘manage you appointment’ option at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

    We will re-open the centre as soon as it is safe to do so and will share further information via the media and NHS social media channels in due course.

    Large scale vaccination centres at Castle Quarter Norwich; the Corn Exchange King's Lynn; Connaught Hall Attleborough; and Horsefair Shopping Centre in Wisbech will continue to deliver vaccinations to those with booked appointments at these sites. 

    For those residents visiting the vaccination centres that remain open in Norwich, King's Lynn, Attleborough and Wisbech, please plan your journey carefully and wrap up warmly.  Please don’t take unnecessary risks.  If you are not able to attend, don’t worry, you will be able to rebook for another date using the same process you booked for your initial appointment.

     

  • Large scale Covid-19 vaccination centres launch in Huntingdon and Wisbech, accelerating the delivery of life-saving jab

    by Sarah Turner | Feb 01, 2021

    The NHS launches two large scale Covid-19 vaccination centres in Huntingdon and Wisbech this week as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  The centres will be located at:

    • The Oak Tree Centre, 1 Oak Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN from Monday 1 February 2021
    • Unit 55 (former supermarket), Horsefair Shopping Centre, Churchill Road, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1AR from Friday 5 February 2021

    The centres provide an additional option to the large scale vaccination centre in the Grafton Shopping Centre Cambridge and the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “We are delighted to be launching large vaccination centres in Huntingdon and Wisbech; joining the centre already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination at the Grafton Shopping Centre Cambridge. Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks.

    “The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible."

    Letters are being sent out by the national booking service to people in the priority groups as determined by the national Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) who live up to a 45 minute drive from the centres, inviting them to book an appointment at their closest Centre either online or over the phone.

    We’d encourage everyone to book an appointment when they receive a letter but if anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out please disregard it. 

    If people would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service, they are able to do so, or if they already have an appointment booked for their vaccination with a hospital or GP service they can choose to keep the appointment with their hospital or GP.

    Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added: “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care. 

    “Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment.  Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

    “It is vital that you do not attend the Oak Tree Centre or the Horsefair Shopping Centre vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.”

    “I urge people across Cambridgeshire to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

    ENDS

    Editor's notes:

    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – by appointment only - through:

    • Hospital Hubs at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge; Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge; the Peterborough City Hospital; and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.
    • The Vaccination Centres at The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge; the City Care Centre, Peterborough; the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon and the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech with more centres coming on line in the comings weeks.
    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – for more information on these services visit: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

    How to find Unit 55 (former supermarket), Horsefair Shopping Centre, Wisbech

    Unit 55 is a former supermarket. 

    With car parking for nearly 400 cars and the close proximity of the bus station and taxi rank, the Horsefair Shopping Centre is easily accessible for residents and visitors alike.  The post code for your sat nav is PE13 1AL.

    Parking is free at the Shopping Centre for up to three hours Monday to Saturday (no charges apply on Sundays)

    How to find the Oak Tree Centre, Huntingdon

    A free car park is located opposite the Oak Tree Centre on Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon (sat nav: PE29 7LA).  Limited additional parking is available immediately outside the front of the centre.

    Huntingdon rail station is on Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3BP and is two miles from the Oak Tree Centre.

    Who will deliver vaccinations?

    The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines. 

    Priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) being invited initially to attend Vaccination Centres:

    • all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    • all those 75 years of age and over
    • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • Large scale Covid-19 vaccination centres launch in King's Lynn, Attleborough and North Walsham, accelerating the delivery of life-saving jab

    by Sarah Turner | Feb 01, 2021

    The NHS launches three more large scale Covid-19 vaccination centres in King's Lynn, Attleborough and North Walsham this week as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  The centres will be located at:

    • King's Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JW from Monday 1 February 2021
    • Connaught Hall, Station Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AS from Wednesday 3 February 2021
    • North Walsham Community Centre, New Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9DE from Saturday 6 February 2021

    The centres provide an additional option to the large scale vaccination centre in the Castle Court Shopping Centre, Norwich and the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Norfolk and Waveney said: “We are delighted to be launching large vaccination centres in King's Lynn, Attleborough and North Walsham; joining the centre already successfully delivering this life saving vaccination at the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre in Norwich.  Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks.

    “The centres are capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provide a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.

    “We’d like to say an enormous thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers for their incredible hard work, and also to colleagues at the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, Alive West Norfolk, the Trustees of Connaught Hall, and North Walsham Community Centre for letting us use their premises for this vital vaccination programme.”

    Letters are being sent out by the national booking service to people in the priority groups as determined by the national Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) who live up to a 45 minute drive from the centres, inviting them to book an appointment at their closest centre either online or over the phone.

    We’d encourage everyone to book an appointment when they receive a letter but if anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out please disregard it. 

    If people would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service, they are able to do so, or if they already have an appointment booked for their vaccination with a hospital or GP service they can choose to keep the appointment with their hospital or GP.

    Melanie Craig, Chief Executive, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group added: “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care.  A significant number of Norfolk and Waveney’s most vulnerable patients have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and this new centre will accelerate progress even further.

    “Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointments. It is vital that you do not attend the King's Lynn, Attleborough or North Walsham vaccination centres if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.

    “I urge people across Norfolk and Waveney to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space; it’s also vital for people that have had a dose of the vaccine to continue following the same guidance.”

    ENDS

    Editor's notes:

    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Norfolk and Waveney – by appointment only - through:

    • Hospital Hubs at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust and the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    • The Vaccination Centres at: Castle Quarter Norwich; Corn Exchange King's Lynn; Connaught Hall Attleborough, and the Community Centre North Walsham with more centres coming on line in the comings weeks
    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies – for more information on these services contact the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group via nwccg.communications@nhs.net

    Finding and parking at the Corn Exchange Kings Lynn

    • The Corn exchange is positioned on the historic Tuesday market Place in the centre of King's Lynn. From all major routes follow the signs for King's Lynn Town Centre and once in the centre follow the theatre mask signs on the brown tourist signposts. If using a sat nav please use the postcode PE30 1JW
    • Parking: an area of the Tuesday Market Place car park (sat nav: PE30 1JJ) has been cordoned off for the use of people attending the vaccination centre. Parking in this will be free of charge.
    • By train: The Corn Exchange is approximately a 10 minute walk from the train station. Cross the road directly outside the front of the station which takes you through the bus station and into the town centre. Once in the town centre turn right then left at Snappy Snaps and right at Marks and Spencer. This will bring you to the Tuesday Market Place where the Corn Exchange can be seen to your left. For train times visit https://www.thameslinkrailway.com/
    • By bus: The main bus station is approximately an 8 minute walk to the theatre. For bus time tables and routes please visit https://www.firstgroup.com/suffolk_norfolk/; https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/norfolk-landing-page; or https://www.nationalexpress.com/en
    • By bicycle: There are bike racks available on the Tuesday Market Place, directly outside the theatre. Bike racks are also positioned outside the adjacent building (Fraswer Dawbarns Solicitors).

    Finding and parking at the Connaught Hall, Attleborough

    Connaught Hall can be found on Station Road, Attleborough, Norfolk (sat nav: NR17 2AS). The Hall has 88 car parking spaces available, all free of charge for people visiting the vaccination centre.

    Attleborough train station: The line runs between Cambridge in the west and Norwich in the east.

    The station is within walking distance of Connaught Hall – approximately 0.1 miles.

    Finding and parking at the North Walsham Community Centre

    The North Walsham Community Centre is located on New Road, North Walsham, Norfolk (sat nav: NR28 9DE).  There are 8 parking space at the centre, with additional parking at the New Road car park close by (charges apply).

    North Walsham railway station is on the Bittern Line, and is 16 miles from Norwich, between Worstead to the south and Gunton to the north. The station is approximately 0.5 miles from the North Walsham Community Centre.

    Who will deliver vaccinations?

    The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines. 

    Initial priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI) being invited initially to attend Vaccination Centres:

    • all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    • all those 75 years of age and over
    • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • Pulmonary rehab programme moves online in Luton

    by User Not Found | Jan 27, 2021

    Pulmonary rehab app

    Patients with a chronic respiratory condition in Luton are receiving the support they need over the internet during the coronavirus pandemic. 

    A seven-week Virtual Pulmonary Rehab programme, run by Luton Community Respiratory Services, teaches and supports patients to manage their condition at home.  

    Included are crucial strengthening and conditioning exercises, as well as educational talks focusing on medication, smoking cessation, future planning, managing breathlessness and infections. 

    The virtual programme was introduced by Luton Children’s and Adults’ Community Health Services, part of Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust, in 2020 following feedback from patients. 

    Hayley Bradshaw, Community Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “Due to coronavirus we stopped all face-to-face programmes. All of our pulmonary rehab patients were contacted so they could be advised on exercising at home. 

    “Unfortunately, many patients noticed they were becoming more deconditioned due to a drop in activity levels. We quickly looked at ways we could support them to continue on their programmes without coming to class.”

    The nationally recognised Pulmonary Rehab programme is normally run by Luton Community Respiratory Services from the Luton Treatment Centre, Dallow Road. Online and offline options are now offered. There is a pre-recorded programme accessed via email links. There is an NHS-approved MyCOPD app featuring exercise videos. Those without internet access may opt for a paper version. 

    Before they join the programme a nurse assesses patients by telephone, video consultation or in clinic. Tests asses the chronic respiratory condition’s impact on a patient’s life and mental wellbeing and there is a review of medication. Equipment for assessments is dropped off at patients’ homes with strict social distancing in place.  

    “If they are safe to exercise at home we send them an emailed link or booklet,” Hayley Bradshaw continued. “They are called by one of the team weekly to answer any questions they may have from the educational videos and to give encouragement with the exercise and advice where needed."

    After the seven-week programme, patients are assessed again. 

    “We discuss with the patient how they are planning to maintain the advancements they have made,” Hayley added. “If required or desired they are referred to Total Wellbeing, Active Luton for ongoing exercise support.”

    Feedback is currently being collected but overall the programme has been a great success.

    “Patients like the convenience of exercising at home and like the level of support given,” said Hayley.

    “Other family members often get involved and they are all getting fitter together.” 

  • First Peterborough Covid-19 large scale vaccination centre launches, accelerating the delivery of life-saving jab

    by Sarah Turner | Jan 25, 2021

    The NHS launches its first large scale vaccination centre in Peterborough this week as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  The centre will be located at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB.

    The centre provides an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across Peterborough.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “We are delighted to be launching the first large vaccination centre in Peterborough this week, with more centres being rolled out in the coming weeks.

    “The Peterborough City Care Centre will begin vaccinating people aged 80 and over from Wednesday 27 January 2021 (widening to other age groups in the coming weeks), with the most at risk local frontline health and social care workers being vaccinated on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26 January.

    “The Centre is capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provides a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.”  

    Letters are being sent out by the national booking service initially to people aged 80 and over (widening to other age groups in the coming weeks) who live up to a 45 minute drive from the centre, inviting them to book an appointment either online or over the phone.

    If anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out or would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service they can simply ignore it.

    Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added: “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care. 

    “Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment.  Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

    “It is vital that you do not attend the Peterborough City Care Centre if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.

    “I urge people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

    ENDS

    Editor's notes:

    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – by appointment only - through:

    • Hospital Hubs at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge; Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge; the Peterborough City Hospital; and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.
    • The Vaccination Centre at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB and Unit 30 at the Grafton Centre, Cambridge with more centres coming on line in the coming weeks. Please note that the vaccination centre is not at the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) as this is a separate part of the City Care Centre and the UTC will still be open to patients as normal
    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – for more information on these services visit: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

    How to find the City Care Centre

    The vaccination centre is located in the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB. Marshalls will greet visitors to the vaccination centre on arrival.

    • By car: The City Care Centre is easily accessible by car via the A47 or A1 (A1M).There is a free car park – including disabled parking bays - immediately outside the Centre.
    • By bus: Thorpe road is on a number of bus routes including the Citi 2 which runs every 10 minutes. Due to covid restrictions, temporary changes to bus routes may be introduced – please check with the local bus provider before travelling: https://tiscon-maps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/East/JAN21/COVID/JAN24TTCHANGEINFO.pdf
    • By Taxi: Taxis can collect and drop off outside the main entrance to the City Care Centre.
    • By foot and bike: The City Care Centre is a 25 minute walk (approx. 1.5 miles) from either the Peterborough railway station or the Queensgate Shopping Centre; both via Crescent Bridge.

    Who will deliver vaccinations

    The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines. 

    Priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI)

    • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
    • all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    • all those 75 years of age and over
    • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
    • all those 65 years of age and over
    • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
    • all those 60 years of age and over
    • all those 55 years of age and over
    • all those 50 years of age and over

     

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