SIGNING OFF AFTER SUCCESSFUL VACCINATION PROGRAMME AT COMMUNITY CENTRE

The medical team, administrators and volunteers on duty at the vaccination hub in Crewkerne, punched the air in celebration on Friday evening, after the final inoculations against Covid-19 were given. The GP led Covid vaccination clinics held at Henhayes Centre were organised by South Somerset West Primary Care Network Clinical Director, Dr Tim Quinlan, South Somerset West PCN Manager, Sarah Wills and Crewkerne Health Centre Lead Nurse, Kirsty Sansum. It is estimated that 40,000 vaccinations were given over the last six months, with all people aged over 50 years or having a clinical condition making them vulnerable to Covid, having been offered vaccination through the clinic.

South Somerset West Primary Care Network consists of four different surgeries, including South Petherton and Martock Medical Centre, Hamdon Medical Centre, Buttercross and Ilchester Medical Centre and Crewkerne Health Centre. South Somerset West PCN Manager Sarah Wills said: “The staff from all of these sites not only supported the running of the vaccination site at Crewkerne but also kept the surgeries running through this very difficult time, so a huge thank you must go to all of the Symphony Health Care staff.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to the Festival Medical team, who played a massive part in the smooth running of our vaccination programme, by providing vaccinators and admin staff and supporting us in carrying out our care home vaccinations. Crewkerne Town Council allowed us to use Henhayes car park for the six months we were open and Crewkerne Rugby Club allowed us to use their flood lights during the darker days and winter months. The Somerset CCG team led on logistics and vaccine supply, Henhayes Centre were very accommodating in giving us sole use of their building and refreshments and treats, to fuel the staff, were provided by Mrs B’s, Waitrose, Domino’s, Bakery Royal Martock and patients.

“Thank you also to Crewkerne Rotary Clubs and all of our Patient Participation Groups for their fantastic efforts in manning the car park and outside queues. They have turned up in all weathers! Sandra Shore and Paul Harding provided rotas for the volunteers, taking a huge amount of work away from the management team. Somerset District and County Council supplied amazing project managers and lastly all of the CCG nurses and SFT bank staff that helped us to carry out the vaccinations.”

President of Crewkerne District Rotary, Sandra Shore said: “When we were asked to help at the beginning of December, little did we know what a wonderful team we would be supporting. Our Rotary members manned the car park, maintained social distancing, handed out masks and made sure everyone hand sanitised. We soon realised that we could not cover this mammoth task on our own and with an amazing response for a call to help, we quickly had a team of 100 volunteers to support the NHS team.

“So that no-one suffered from volunteer fatigue, we joined forces with Martock who provided another amazing team of volunteers and enabled us to alternate the weeks on duty. I am proud of what we have helped the NHS to accomplish in Crewkerne. As the main team leader for Crewkerne District Rotary, I would like to express my thanks to Rotary volunteers, who despite the cold, wet and windy weather remained cheerful to the end. Well done to you all!”

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