Writing to stakeholders yesterday, the briefing described how a new campaign has been launched to provide clear public information to the public, patients and partners.
The Sussex Health and Care Partnership said: “We recognise the high interest from across our communities in the vaccination programme and we hope that this campaign can help to support our communities as we continue the roll out of this vital protection.”
There will be four ways the vaccination will be rolled out: a GP-led service with groups of practices working together to give jabs at one location; hospital hubs, which have begun giving the vaccine to over 80s attending for a planning appointment and frontline health and care staff; a roving service going into care homes and people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site; and lastly large vaccination centres, with each county having one and the Brighton Centre servicing this area.
The update added: “In Sussex, people aged over 80, care home residents and staff, and health and care workers remain the priority and good progress continues to be made.
“Some people have begun receiving a letter from the national booking service inviting them to book appointments at the large-scale vaccination centres. The large-scale vaccination centre for Sussex is readying to open next week, pending delivery of supplies.
“The over 70s and clinically vulnerable people will be invited to book appointments through the national booking service.
“Letters are being sent to people who live within 60 miles of a centre, so some residents in the north of Sussex will have received invitations based on their proximity to the Epsom Racecourse vaccination centre that went live last week.
“As more large-scale centres and pharmacy-led vaccination services come on-line these will be made available through the national booking service.
“Anyone who receives an invitation from the national booking service has the choice of booking an appointment at one of the larger centres or community pharmacy-led sites offered or, if more convenient, waiting to be called by their GP.
Every GP practice in West Sussex now has arrangements in place for the vaccination of their registered patients, and by the end of the week patients from all of the GP practices will have started to be invited for their vaccine appointment.
The GP led vaccination services for West Sussex are currently:
Adur and Worthing
Lancing Parish Hall: for patients at: Ball Tree Surgery, New Pond Row Surgery and Orchard Surgery
Northbourne Medical Centre: for patients at Harbour View Healthcare, Northbourne Medical Centre and The Manor Practice.
Strand Medical Group: for patients at Cornerway’s Surgery, Selden Medical Group and Worthing Medical Group
Durrington Health Centre: for patients at Barn Surgery and Lime Tree Surgery (Phoenix)
St Lawrence Surgery: for patients at Broadwater Medical Centre, St Lawrence Surgery and Victoria Road Surgery
Angmering Community Centre: for patients at Coppice Surgery and Fitzalan Medical Group
Bognor Medical Centre: for patients at Arundel Surgery, Avisford Medical Group, Bersted Green Surgery, Flansham Park Health Centre, Grove House Surgery, Maywood Health Care Centre, The Croft Surgery and West Meads Surgery
Westcourt Medical Centre: for patients at Park Surgery, Willow Green Surgery and Westcourt Medical Centre
The Selsey Centre and Tangmere Village Centre: for patients at Cathedral Medical Group, Langley House Surgery, Lavant Road Surgery, Parklands Surgery, Selsey Medical Practice, Southbourne Surgery, Tangmere Medical Centre and Witterings Medical Centre
Petworth Surgery: for patients at Petworth Surgery
Riverbank Medical Centre: for patients at Petworth Surgery and Riverbank Medical Centre
Leacroft Surgery: for patients at Bridge Medical Centre, Ifield Medical Practice, Langley Corner Surgery, Leacroft Medical Practice and Southgate Medical Group
Saxonbrook Medical Centre: for patients at Bewbush Medical Centre, Coachmans Medical Practice, Furnace Green Surgery, Gossops Green Medical Centre and Saxonbrook Medical Centre
Poundhill Medical Practice: for patients at Poundhill Medical Practice and Woodlands & Clerklands Partnership
Christ’s Hospital Blue Coats: for patients at Cowfold Surgery, Rudgwick Medical Centre, The Courtyard Surgery and Village Surgery
Park Surgery: for patients at Holbrook Surgery, Orchard Surgery, Park Surgery and Riverside Surgery
Pulborough Medical Group: for patients at Pulborough Medical Group and Loxwood
The Glebe Surgery: for patients at Billingshurst Surgery, Henfield Medical Practice, Steyning Health Centre and The Glebe Surgery
Mid Sussex district
Clair Hall, Haywards Heath: for patients in and around Haywards Health at Dolphins Practice, Newtons Practice, Northlands Wood Surgery, Cuckfield Medical Centre, Lindfield Medical Centre and Ouse Valley Practice
Clair Hall, Haywards Heath for patients in and around Burgess Hill at: Brow Medical Centre, Meadows Surgery, Mid Sussex Health Care, Park View Health Partnership and Silverdale Practice
Meridian Hall, East Grinstead: for patients at Crawley Down Health Centre, Judges Close Surgery, Moatfield Surgery and Ship Street Surgery.
The stakeholder update added: “Each GP led vaccination service is receiving deliveries of vaccine from the national supply to provide the first vaccination to their patients. Appointments are being offered to patients as soon as vaccine deliveries are confirmed.
“The Government guidance on the timing of the second dose has been updated and is now over a 12 week period. All of our vaccination services are following this guidance and inviting their patients back for their second dose in the 12 week period.
“We are working to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible, but deploying a vaccine at this scale is unprecedented. Timing will be dependent to a large extent on manufacturing timescales and supply.
“We would please ask all partners to encourage the public not to call their GP practice to find out more about the vaccination programme and to make an appointment. GP practices are incredibly busy at the moment providing their day to day care for patients and they have seen an increase in calls to their teams to ask about the vaccination programme and when it will be available.”
Hospital hubs in West Sussex are Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, Worthing Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and East Grinstead’s St Victoria Hospital.
More than 240 care settings in Sussex have now been vaccinated as of Monday and subject to vaccine supply the NHS intends to vaccinate all care homes with residents over the age of 65 by January 25 and all the county’s care homes by mid-February.