New Covid-19 vaccination site in Bakewell
Bakewell is set to be one of two more locations in Derbyshire which are now vaccinating patients against Covid-19.
Primary care vaccination sites in Bakewell and Long Eaton have begun inviting priority patients to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
People should wait to be contacted about their vaccination, and do not need to visit or contact their GP about the vaccine.
Vaccinations are initially being provided for those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.
The Newholme Hospital has been chosen as the hub for Bakewell and surrounding areas.
The vaccination programme at Newholme 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 that local doctors and nurses were delighted to be able to begin delivering the vaccine to patients.
He said: “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.
“We have begun contacting patients to come in for the vaccinations, but want to stress that people should wait for us to get in touch with them.”
Primary care in Derbyshire is commissioned by the NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is working closely with GPs across the region to open up new vaccination sites in the coming weeks.
Dr Steve Lloyd, medical director for the CCG, said: “Our focus is on ensuring everyone eligible for a vaccine gets access to a vaccination site, and this will happen in a phased way as more sites become available. We ask that people continue to be patient, and wait for the NHS to contact them about a vaccination.”
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