A GP-led vaccination hub has been praised by a local MP after reaching a major milestone in the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.
Healthcare staff at Sedgefield North Primary Care Network (PCN), County Durham, were congratulated by local MP Paul Howell after administering over 42,400 doses of the vaccine.
The PCN, operated by staff from Bishop’s Close Medical Practice and St Andrew’s Medical Practice, Spennymoor, Ferryhill and Chilton Medical Practice, West Cornforth Medical Centre and Skerne Medical Group, Sedgefield, has been delivering vaccines from its hub at Oxford Road Surgery, Spennymoor, since the start of the Covid vaccine rollout.
Practice manager Tracey Martin, St Andrew’s Medical Practice, said: “We started administering our first jabs on 18 December 2020 and have so far given over 42,000 vaccines to our PCN population of 56,000 patients, including those who are housebound and in local care homes.
“All our practices have worked collaboratively, under the leadership of our PCN clinical lead Dr Matt Shield and have donated not just time but also administration and clinical cover – with many staff members giving up their days off to work at the centre.
“We have become a very close-knit team throughout the rollout, who thoroughly enjoy working together. We have also been really overwhelmed by the appreciation that we have received, with so many positive comments and gifts everything from hand cream to bacon sandwiches that have been donated to the practice by grateful patients.”
Sedgefield North is one of 13 PCNs working together with community pharmacists and the large vaccination centre at The Arnison Centre, Durham, which have delivered more than 454,000 doses of the vaccine across the county to date.
Congratulating staff Paul Howell MP, Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, who received his second Covid-19 vaccination while visiting the Oxford Road Surgery, said: “I’d like to say many thanks to the admin teams, clinicians and volunteers at Sedgefield North PCN for the dedication, hard work, kindness and thoughtfulness that they have shown to everyone who has received their first and second doses of the vaccine at Oxford Surgery, Spennymoor.
“It is an amazing achievement.”
NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), director of commissioning strategy and delivery (primary care), Joseph Chandy added: “This really is an incredible milestone to reach, and it is all down to the remarkable partnership working from our GP practices, healthcare staff and partners.
“The NHS is doing all it can to support the fight against coronavirus and all our PCNs across County Durham continue to offer valuable capacity to help provide vaccinations at this time.”