Third Covid vaccine centre to open in High Peak

A third coronavirus vaccination centre in the High Peak has invited patients to receive their first jab this week.

The hub is based at Buxton Medical Practice on Temple Road in Buxton. 

The first wave of residents have been contacted to attend appointments to get their initial dose on Friday 15, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January.

People are advised not to ring their GP Practice for an appointment, as patients will either receive a text message or a phone call to book an appointment. Similarly, people are requested not to visit Buxton Medical Practice without an appointment as you will not be offered a vaccine.

It follows the vaccination hubs which are already up and running at Glossop Cricket Club in Glossop and Thornbrook Surgery in Chapel-en-le-Frith, vaccinating local people as part of Phase One of the national rollout. 

Buxton Medical Centre said in a statement: "We are initially getting a limited number of vaccines but expect that we will get regular top up deliveries after this.

"We will very soon be going into all local care homes to vaccinate all residents and staff. If you work in a care home or another health care setting, please remain patient and wait for us to contact you to arrange your vaccination.

"The vaccination service is going to take a high level of staffing from our GP's, Nurses and admin teams over the coming weeks and months - We are continuing to provide our usual high quality care to those patients who need it, but ask if your issue is non-urgent you consider seeking help through NHS 111 by phone or online, or make use of Online Consult or the NHS website prior to calling the Practice.

"The vaccination hub has been set up in collaboration with our colleagues at Elmwood Medical Centre, Hartington Surgery and Stewart Medical Centre and we are very grateful for all their hard work to organise this service."

High Peak MP Robert Largan commented: "This is great news and I want to thank all the local NHS staff who have worked hard to get this third centre set up.

"I want to make certain that we get the vaccine rolled out as quickly as possible and that everyone is able to access a vaccination centre, including those in New Mills. The brilliant New Mills & District Volunteer Centre is providing free transport to attend vaccination appointments at Thornbrook Surgery in Chapel-en-le-Frith. You can arrange transport by calling 01663 744196." 

Volunteers needed to help out

Meanwhile, volunteers are being sought to help support the smooth running of the clinics at the Buxton site. 

People are needed on the aforementioned dates to help manage the flow of traffic and parking at the centre on Temple Road. 

You will need to be available for shifts of up to three hours, with the first shift starting at 8am, and the last shift finishing at 6.30pm. Hi-vis jackets will be provided but people are advised they will be outdoors in all weathers, so should wrap up warm and perhaps take a flask of hot drink with them. 

Volunteers will be socially distanced in teams of two. 

Anyone interested in helping should email Buxton Medical Practice as soon as possible at admin.bmp@nhs.net and reference the email as ‘CAR PARK VOLUNTEERS’.

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