Successful start at High Peak's second Covid vaccination hub

The local fight against coronavirus has been boosted as the second vaccination hub in the High Peak got up and running last weekend. 

Thornbrook Surgery in Chapel-en-le-Frith invited residents to receive their first jab on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 

Over the three days, more than 1,100 people were inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine. 

Staff from Thornbrook Surgery collaborated with colleagues from Sett Valley Medical Centre, Arden House and Goyt Valley Medical Practice as part of the High Peak Primary Care Network in order to make it happen. 

And it has certainly been deemed a successful start at the High Peak's northern hub. 

Samantha Todd, Practice Manager at Thornbrook Surgery, said: "The whole weekend had not only a fantastic atmosphere from patients and staff but it flowed with excellent management from all four GP Practices from the North of the High Peak PCN ensuring each clinic ran smoothly, efficiently and safely. 

"Each day was very emotional with each member of staff feeling like they were a part of history and we're all very proud that they were able to start to protect the residents of the High Peak." 


Thornbrook Surgery on Thornbrook Road in Chapel 

Thornbrook Surgery hailed Saturday as "an incredible first day" and thanked local organisations for their support in making the vaccination clinic run smoothly. 

They said in a Facebook post: "After an incredible first day we want to thank all the patients, staff, volunteers, Stuart Green, Higs Charity Cakes for delivering cakes and all those that brought us chocolates!

"Also thank you to Buxton Mountain Rescue for being on standby to help, Morrisons in Chapel for helping with parking and Chapel Scouts for allowing staff to use their car park. A wonderful and positive first day." 

There were lots of positive comments from members of the public, with many praising how well organised the clinic was and thanking the staff for doing a fantastic job. 

High Peak MP Robert Largan said: "A huge thanks to everyone who is working so hard to vaccinate people!" 


A look inside the Covid vaccination hub at Thornbrook Surgery 

There are three more days of vaccination clinics at the surgery on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 January. 

The surgery said: "This time the car park will not be closed to the public, but we ask you to consider if you need to park on the car park during working hours to make access for over 1,100 patients receiving their vaccine over the three days a little easier.

"Although Thornbrook Surgery are still offering telephone consultations and face to face appointments for their patients from alternative locations, please be aware that responses may be slightly delayed due to staff covering the Vaccine Hub. Thank you all for your understanding and patience; your support has been incredible." 

The site on Thornbrook Road came after the opening of the borough's first vaccine hub at Glossop Cricket Club last month and has been followed by a third vaccination centre at Buxton Medical Practice, which has now invited its first wave of patients to receive a jab. 

It's part of the first phase of the national rollout to help get all priority patients in High Peak vaccinated as soon as possible.

People will now receive their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine 12 weeks after their first, following a change in medical advice

More information about the vaccines can be found at nhs.uk/covidvaccine

Main image:

Thornbrook Nurse Trisha Longden giving the first vaccine to a patient at the Chapel vaccination hub. 

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