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Patients in North Norfolk will be able to access COVID-19 boosters closer to home thanks to a new partnership approach

Patients in the Holt and Wells areas of North Norfolk will be able to access COVID-19 boosters closer to home, thanks to a new partnership approach.

North Norfolk Primary Care (NNPC), GP Provider Organisation for North Norfolk, and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCH&C), will be working collaboratively to deliver vaccines in the Holt and Wells areas.

The new arrangements have been put in place following patient and stakeholder feedback and to increase vaccine accessibility in rural North Norfolk. Making COVID-19 vaccines as accessible as possible is a priority for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is overseeing the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the area.

Provision for Wells Health Centre

Pop-up COVID-19 booster vaccination clinics will be running for five consecutive Mondays, starting on the 8th November 2021 at Wells Community Hospital, Mill Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RF. Patients will either receive a text message with a link to book an appointment or will receive a call to be booked in if they do not have a mobile telephone. There will also be some additional capacity for drop-in appointments. If you are currently eligible for a booster vaccine please be patient. Please don’t contact Wells Health Centre, we will contact you. Please help us to keep our phone lines free for urgent and emergency appointments.

Provision for Holt Medical Practice and Wells Health Centre

A vaccination site is being planned at Kelling Hospital and is expected to go live later in November. These clinics will be delivering COVID-19 booster vaccines. Appointments will be available for booking via the National Booking Service (NBS) NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. Further information will be available when a firm date has been set.

James Leeming, Chief Executive of North Norfolk Primary Care, said: “We are delighted to be involved in a successful collaboration bridging the gap between services and organisations to eradicate inequity and enable vulnerable patients to access timely care. Together we have proved new ways of working towards an integrated care system and will strive to expand on this for the benefit of local patients and stakeholders in North Norfolk.”

Carolyn Fowler, Director of Nursing and Quality at Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust, added: “We are delighted to support this project and work in partnership with our health care colleagues in North Norfolk. Our roving model vaccination service has been very successful in reaching those in areas of Norfolk and Waveney with lowest vaccine uptake in a really effective and supportive way. We would urge people living in rural North Norfolk to maximise the opportunity to access a COVID-19 vaccination closer to home and book an appointment as soon as the schedules for Wells and Kelling are live on the national booking system.”

Howard Martin, Director for Population Health Management and Health Inequalities at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It’s important that COVID-19 vaccines are as convenient and accessible as possible. Working with our local communities is incredibly important and thanks to this new partnership approach people living in rural North Norfolk will be able to access COVID-19 boosters closer to home. Vaccination is the best way to avoid catching COVID or becoming seriously ill, so we continue to encourage people to come forward for vaccination as soon as they are invited.”

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