Covid vaccine hubs announced in Alnwick, Amble and Berwick
Three Covid vaccine hubs are being set up in north and mid-Northumberland.
Alnwick Cricket Club, Broomhill Surgery in Amble and Well Close Medical Group in Berwick have been selected as the host venues.
The news was announced by Well Up North, a collaboration of 12 GP Practices – Well Close, Union Brae & Norham, Cheviot, Glendale, Belford, Alnwick, Rothbury, Widdrington, Coquet, Felton, Gas House Lane and Greystoke.
Vaccinations are expected to start next week.
Well Up North, posting on social media, explained: ‘Well Up North (your Primary Care Network) were initially told we were allowed only one vaccination site on our very large and rural patch.
‘Our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with us to ensure we can deliver the vaccine in more than one location and we are pleased to announce that we have secured three ‘hubs’ within our Primary Care Network to administer Covid Vaccines from.
‘The hub locations were agreed for their suitability for a mass vaccination programme with the practices involved volunteering to be host sites.’
The details are now being worked through and the information could be subject to change.
Initially patients registered with Well Close Medical Group , Union Brae & Norham Practice, Belford Medical Group, Cheviot Medical Group and Glendale Surgery will attend for their vaccinations at Well Close Medical Group.
Patients registered with Alnwick Medical Group, The Rothbury Practice, Gas House Lane Surgery, and Greystoke Surgery will attend for their vaccinations at Alnwick Cricket Club.
Patients registered with Coquet Medical Group, Felton Surgery and Widdrington Surgery will attend for their vaccinations at Broomhill Surgery.
Patients are being urged not to call any surgery about the Covid Vaccine so practice phone lines are open and clear for patients who need medical attention.
The order in which patients receive the vaccine has been decided nationally. You will be contacted by your practice when it is your time to be vaccinated – your practice cannot change this.
It is possible that patients will be contacted at short notice to book an appointment.
Well Up North anticipate the first batches of vaccines to arrive at our hubs over the next two weeks and expect to administer almost 3,000 vaccines per week across the PCN.