Further vaccination sites begin operating in North Devon and Exeter
Patients reminded the NHS will contact them when it’s their turn for a vaccine
More coronavirus vaccination centres began seeing patients today (29 December), with facilities opening in North Devon and Exeter.
Two centres run by local GPs opened their doors in Barnstaple and Exeter while North Devon District Hospital will joined the network of hospital hubs delivering vaccinations.
At North Devon District Hospital, in Barnstaple, patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient will be among those offered the vaccine and any appointments not used for priority groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Andrea Bell, Interim Director of Nursing and Mass Vaccination lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We welcome the news that the vaccine has arrived. We will start vaccinating the most vulnerable first at North Devon District Hospital.”
Among those receiving a vaccination today was 90-year-old Hector Delbridge, of North Molton, who said: “I was seeing the specialist today and then I came down for the vaccine – it was like two birds with one stone. The vaccine will be a relief to everybody.”
Separately to the hospital, a new vaccination site, hosted in Barnstaple Leisure Centre, is being run by staff from local GP practices.
Dr Sophia Erdozain, GP at Litchdon Medical Centre in Barnstaple said: “We are pleased to be able to offer the coronavirus vaccination here in North Devon and we have 14 GP surgeries who quickly worked together over the last few weeks with great dedication, skill and efficiency to ensure that these life changing vaccinations are delivered to our communities.
“From this week we are holding clinics in the Barnstaple Leisure Centre where we can provide the vaccines in a safe and socially distanced way. We have had a lot of local support and would like to thank North Devon Council and Lex Leisure for working with us so we could use the Leisure Centre and a thank you to the Bowling Club for giving up their space for us.
“We have volunteer marshals from the Barnstaple Rotary and Rotary Link and the Ilfracombe Round Table and we would like to thank them for their time. We also thank Barnstaple Shopmobility and Age Concern for providing us with wheelchairs.
“Lastly we would like to thank all those who have been waiting patiently to be contacted for their invitation. We are working through our patient lists in priority order, as set out in the national guidance, and will make contact with everyone who is eligible in due course.”
In Exeter a vaccination site run by GP practices will open in the Mount Pleasant Health Centre, providing vaccinations to eligible groups from the Mount Pleasant, Central Exeter, Heavitree, South Lawn, ISCA and Hill Barton practices.
Dr Paul Hynam, GP at Mount Pleasant Medical Centre in Exeter said: “The team are really pleased to be able offer the coronavirus vaccine to our patients from this week.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the staff who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Thanks also to the enthusiastic group of volunteers who are giving up their time to support the vaccination clinics.”
Local people are still being reminded not to contact their practice or hospital to ask about an appointment – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.
The latest centres to start appointments bring the total number run by GPs to 16, with more due to open soon to ensure everyone who is eligible can receive a vaccine.
As of 6 January 2021, the full list of 16 GP-led sites, and the practices they service, is as follows:
Name of site
Serving patients from these GP practices
Abbey Surgery, Tavistock
Tavyside Health Centre
Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre
Coleridge Medical Centre
Sid Valley Practice
Budleigh Salterton Medical Practice
Claremont Medical Practice
Haldon House Surgery
Rolle Medical Partnership
Limes Surgery, Exminster
Cranbrook Medical Centre
Ide Lane Surgery
Pinhoe & Broadclyst Medical Centre
Okehampton Medical Centre
Chagford Health Centre
Moretonhampstead Health Centre
Okehampton Medical Centre
Black Torrington Surgery
Riviera International Centre, Torquay
Croft Hall Medical Practice
Chelston Hall Surgery
Brunel Medical Practice
Southover Medical Practice
Pembroke Medical Group
Corner Place Surgery
Old Farm Surgery
Mayfield Medical Centres
Compass House Medical Centres
St Boniface House, near Buckfastleigh
Leaside Surgery, Totnes
Catherine House Surgery, Totnes
Buckfastleigh Medical Centre
South Brent Medical Centre
Redfern Medical Centre, Salcombe.
Chillington Health Centre
Modbury Health Centre
Norton Brook Surgery, Kingsbridge
Dartmouth Medical Practice, Dartmouth
Seaton Community Hospital
Axminster Medical Practice
Seaton & Colyton Medical Practice
Townsend Hose Medical Centre
The Staddy function centre, Plymouth
Church View Surgery
Dean Cross Surgery
Yealm Medical Centre
Beacon Medical Group
Clare House, Tiverton
Dawlish Community Hospital
Channel View Medical Practice
Teign Estuary Medical Group
Dawlish Medical Group (known as Barton Surgery)
Holsworthy Medical Centre
Ruby Country Medical Group
St Leonard’s Practice, Exeter
Barnfield Hill Surgery
Southernhay House Surgery
St Leonard’s Practice
Wonford Green Surgery
Devonport Health Centre
St Levan Surgery
West Hoe Surgery
Peverell Park Surgery and University Medical Centre
St Neots Surgery
North Road West Medical Centre
Knowle House Surgery
Lisson Grove and Woolwell Medical Centre
Budshead Medical Practice
Friary House Surgery
Beaumont Villa Surgery
Barnstaple Leisure Centre
Castle Gardens Surgery
Torrington Health Centre
Bideford Medical Centre
Brannams Medical Centre
Fremington Medical Centre
Litchdon Medical Centre
Queens Medical Centre
South Molton Medical Centre
Caen Medical Centre
Mount Pleasant Health Centre
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