North Lincolnshire continues to make good progress vaccinating as many people as possible in our communities against coronavirus.
More than 2,000 flyers, detailing important coronavirus vaccination information, have been delivered across central Scunthorpe.
The multi-language leaflets were distributed across both Crosby and Town wards – where vaccination uptake has been high but where NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group aims to increase figures even further.
CCG staff, members of Safecare Network (a federation of North Lincolnshire GPs) and community volunteers came together to spread the word that vaccines save lives.
Pop-up COVID vaccine clinics
Almost 70 coronavirus vaccinations were administered in a special ‘pop-up’ clinic at The Islamic Centre in Scunthorpe on Saturday 3rd April.
The initiative was organised by West Primary Care Network and NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, in a bid to boost uptake in the area’s culturally diverse communities.
More than 90 per cent of all eligible adults over the age of 50, and those above the age of 18 with underlying health conditions, have now received their first dose in North Lincolnshire.
Sayful Ahmed, Imam, said: “We were delighted to get two local GPs into The Islamic Centre and vaccinate 68 people.
“The clinic followed a conversation during Friday prayer and we had the doctors come in to do an awareness session. It gathered really good interest so we worked together to organise a clinic.
“The more people we can get vaccinated the more people feel confident coming to the mosque. It gives everyone that reassurance.”
Dr Rumman Afsar and Dr Abdul Butt teamed up to deliver and administer the vaccines. Dr Afsar said: “Coming into a familiar setting for a community, that accessibility to healthcare is much easier and you find it helps break down any barriers there may be.
“This was a real team effort and I’d like to thank the community leaders who have made this possible. Hopefully we can do more of this moving forward.”
Dozens of North Lincolnshire’s Sikh community received the Covid-19 vaccination at Guru Nanak Gurudwara in Scunthorpe on Sunday 18th April.
Collaborative work between NHS North Lincolnshire CCG and Safecare Network saw a number of the area’s nurses and GPs attend the Temple in Frodingham Road to administer the life-saving jab.
Dr Satpal Shekhawat, Medical Director at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Pop-up clinics like this can make a huge difference.
“Coronavirus does not discriminate and we won’t overcome this virus until we are all vaccinated. Working together like this, and bringing services into our communities where there has been slightly lower uptake so far, is really important.”
The CCG is now planning further pop-up clinics in specific communities. If you believe a pop-up vaccination clinic would be helpful in your area, please contact email@example.com
May Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times in North Lincolnshire
Residents of North Lincolnshire are being asked to take the next step safely now restrictions are being eased.
People can now meet in groups of six (or two families) – but this must be outdoors. The Government guidance reiterates the importance of sticking to the rules, in order to stop the spread of the virus.
meet outdoors either in a group of six (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities are able to reopen)
take part in childcare, and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children
join formally organised parent and child groups outdoors for up to fifteen attendees. Children under five will not be counted in this number.
With the infection rate in North Lincolnshire among the highest in the country, it is vital that people stick to the rules to protect themselves, their families and the community.
Dr Faisel Baig, Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, and local GP, said:
“We all welcome the relaxing of restrictions, especially being able to meet some of our loved ones outdoors. This does however remain a crucial time in the battle against coronavirus, especially when we consider very high infection rates across parts of Europe.
“We have had a very successful start to our coronavirus vaccination programme in North Lincolnshire and that needs to continue. Please do accept your vaccine invitation when it arrives and have faith in the vaccine regulators, who are advising us to come forward and have any one of the UK vaccines.
“The vaccine is hopefully our way out of this pandemic, but for now, people who have been vaccinated should still continue to follow the same guidance as those who haven’t been vaccinated, to protect others.
“This includes strictly adhering to the national restrictions and following the key messages around Hands (regular and thorough hand hygiene), Face (wearing facemasks where applicable), Space (social distancing) and Fresh Air (meeting outdoors with social distancing), and isolating and arranging a coronavirus test, where appropriate.”
A large vaccination centre is set to open in the heart of Scunthorpe.
Each week, thousands of people will be offered vital protection from COVID-19 after the site opens at The Baths Hall, Doncaster Road, on Friday, 19 March.
The centre is being managed by Safecare Network and will eventually see a team of vaccinators administer up to 1,000 jabs a day – as North Lincolnshire bolsters its fight against the pandemic.
The vaccination, which is free, will be offered to those who live within 45 miles of The Baths Hall and will be in the priority order as identified by the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI).
Dr Satpal Shekhawat, Medical Director at NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is brilliant news for North Lincolnshire – and comes following weeks of hard work, planning and strong partnership working with colleagues from across the area.
“The vaccination programme in our region is progressing really well and we are pleased to note that more than 500,000 vaccinations have already been provided to the most vulnerable groups in the Humber, Coast and Vale area. Having another large centre in one of our towns will enable us to reach an even greater number of people as we continually expand our programme.”
Dr Shekhawat added: “I would urge everyone to take up the offer of this free vaccination when you receive your invitation from the NHS. Whatever your background and wherever you live, this vaccine is a life-saver and there are many options for you in terms of where to get your vaccine.
“We not only have the large-scale site but vaccines are also being administered from community pharmacies and GP surgeries too. As a result, it is possible some people will be contacted by multiple sites but please only book one appointment slot, most convenient for you, to ensure available slots elsewhere can be taken up by others. We are focused on getting everyone vaccinated in North Lincolnshire as quickly and as safely as we can.
“Please remember, this will take several months and we politely ask for people to remain patient. Everyone in North Lincolnshire will be offered a vaccination and when it is your turn you will be contacted by the NHS to attend an appointment. Please wait for your appointment letter and don’t turn up at the vaccination centre or ring your GP.”
The site, which will operate between 8am-8pm, seven days a week, will launch with one pod of six vaccinators. It is hoped this will increase to two pods in the coming weeks.
The Baths Hall has been transformed into a large vaccination centre
Dr Mubark Jajja, Chair of Safecare Network, said: “We are extremely proud to be playing our part in the national effort to protect people from this virus. We have been living under national restrictions for a year now and so the quicker we get as many people protected, as safely as possible, the quicker we can return to a more normal way of life.
“I want to thank everyone involved in setting up the vaccination centre. We are committed to making sure this site operates seamlessly and that patients receive both a comfortable and convenient service.”
People receiving the letters are invited to go online to the national booking service to arrange a jab at a time and location that is convenient for them. If they are not able to go online, they can call 119 free of charge.
People aged between 56 and 59 are currently being invited to book their appointment, with those aged 50-55 due to be invited in the coming weeks.
People can use the national booking service to reserve a slot at a NHS vaccination centre or one of the pharmacy-led services across the country.
Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are being asked not to turn up early to avoid creating queues. Everyone will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab.
Alex Seale, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “The vaccines are both safe and effective, so if anybody who is eligible but hasn’t been vaccinated yet, I’d urge them to go online or call 119 and get themselves booked in.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in setting up the vaccination centre in North Lincolnshire – in particular our colleagues at North Lincolnshire Council. It shows the power of partnership working and co-operation in the fight against Covid-19 and I am personally very proud of North Lincolnshire’s excellent response since the very start of the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, more than 130 volunteers have come forward to help with the running of the site to undertake duties both inside and outside the venue.
Nicki Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer of Safecare Network, said: “The response from volunteers has been fantastic and this would not be possible without them. We are all keen for patients to have a positive experience.
“Many of the volunteers have helped out at other vaccination centres across North Lincolnshire and have found the experience rewarding and a great way to make a positive contribution during the pandemic.
“The Safecare team has worked amazingly hard behind the scenes and we are really looking forward to vaccinating our population after what has been an incredibly challenging 12 months for us all.”
Dan Harris, General Manager at The Baths Hall, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to work alongside the NHS and its partners to deliver a large vaccination centre for Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire.
“The Baths Hall is the perfect space, located in the centre of Scunthorpe, for local residents to be able to safely get their vaccinations. The venue and our staff are delighted to be back to work on such a crucial project.”
Local GPs encourage coronavirus vaccine confidence amongst culturally diverse communities
General practitioners (GPs) across the region have filmed an important message in multiple languages to encourage vaccine confidence.
Across England, GPs have raised concerns over a lower uptake of coronavirus vaccination among patients from ethnic minority backgrounds – warning that misinformation has left some patients reluctant to come forward.
NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across the Humber, Coast and Vale area, have come together to coordinate video messages from GPs, and are working to promote them to enhance confidence in the vaccine and to dispel any vaccine myths.
Dr Faisel Baig is a GP in North Lincolnshire, and Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG. He explained how reaching out directly to different cultures in our communities is important.
He said: “Coronavirus is a very serious illness that continues to take the lives of many people, and is still causing suffering and sadness across the world.
Across our region we have a diverse range of wonderful languages spoken. We want to reach out to our culturally diverse communities to ensure everyone has the opportunity to hear and understand factual information about the vaccine from their local doctors and thus encourage vaccine confidence.
We aim to continue to reproduce our vaccine confidence message in as many languages as we can, to enable us to help as many people as possible in our communities to understand the importance of this vaccine, and what it can do to help protect us and our loved ones.”
The Humber, Coast and Vale coronavirus vaccine information videos in different languages can be viewed on their YouTube channel here.
Congratulations to Riverside Surgery – runners up in Professor Keri Thomas Award for Team of the Year
The team at Riverside Surgery in Brigg have been recognised nationally as runners up for the Team of the Year award in the Professor Keri Thomas Awards, run by the Gold Standards Framework (GSF).
This recognition was based on important work to improve end of life care for Riverside patients, such as becoming the first surgery pilot site for the System Led Interoperability Project (SLIP). SLIP allows real time visibility of patient entries between two systems, which has since been rolled out nationally.
Their nomination also referred to their heavy involvement in the roll out of the Electronic Palliative Care Coordination System (EPaCCS), with Dr Avinash Pillai, a GP at Riverside Surgery, being part of the clinical design team of the EPaCCS project. EPaCCS is a palliative care shared record, which enables different health and care organisations to share information about a patient’s end of life preferences and care plans. The blueprints of the EPaCCS system have been shared online as best practice, as part of the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) Blueprinting programme, you can read more about this here.
Dr Pillai is also a supporter and clinical representative of the Humber CCGs’ Local Digital Roadmap Board, the strategic group which steers large scale IT developments across the area.
The GSF commented that: “Your obvious passion, commitment, IT innovation and effective communication were particularly noted, plus the spreading of your innovation beyond your borders. It’s good to hear how you shared the digital developments as an example of best practice with others, including the SLIP and global digital examples, thereby supporting many more practices to improve their communication.
You are a great exemplar as an innovative compassionate team, striving for the best for your patients, working as one unit, and I hope you continue to thrive and flourish. Well done to all your staff – they are all frontrunners and you all should be greatly applauded for the high quality of your work.”
The team were named joint-runners up for the Team of the Year award, alongside a team in Northamptonshire. Congratulations for this national recognition, and thank you to the team at Riverside for your continued hard work to support patients in North Lincolnshire.
Scunthorpe pharmacy leading the way to deliver hundreds of COVID vaccinations
A Scunthorpe pharmacy will become the first in the Humber region to offer COVID vaccines from this weekend.
The Ancora Practice will be capable of delivering 2,000 doses of the Oxford vaccine a day, with three clinics per week. The Ashby Road practice is the first pharmacy to take the step and its longer opening hours and weekend slots will speed up the rollout.
Practice Manager Christine Buckley said:
“Staff are working above and beyond to make the vaccinations possible. We’re proud to be the first pharmacy to offer vaccines in the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership.
“It will allow elderly or vulnerable people within a 45 minute drive more opportunity get vaccinated. North Lincolnshire is ahead of the game, and this offers another area where residents can receive the vaccine.”
The pharmacy has received an initial delivery of 1200 doses and will be administering jabs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, starting this weekend.
Dr Satpal Shekhawat, medical director of the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“It’s great news to have a pharmacy which can distribute the vaccine in Scunthorpe, as this will give us more supply, more accessibility and more flexibility.
“They have wider opening hours, including weekends, which will enable people to fit appointments around work.
“Some of the primary care networks in our regions are now offering the vaccine to over 70s and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable.
“Every single care home resident has also been offered the vaccine as of Sunday, January 24.
“The rates at which different areas are progressing will start to equalise. We are working closely together and will share vaccines to ensure we’re covering the vulnerable population as quickly as possible.”
Dr Faisel Baig, chairman of the CCG, praised everyone who has donated their time to helping the vaccination programme.
“The volunteers who have been doing a difficult job in the worst of weathers also deserve our thanks.
“They have made the patient experience a lot better, and we have received a lot of positive feedback from people who have been assisted by them.”
Vulnerable people in North Lincolnshire receive COVID vaccine closer to home
This Saturday 16th January, hundreds of vulnerable people living in and around Kirton in Lindsey will receive their COVID vaccine locally.
NHS staff from North Lincolnshire’s south primary care network (PCN) will be vaccinating people against COVID-19 at Klassic Park community centre, with a delivery of 300 AstraZeneca vaccines for Saturday, continuing to target those people on their priority list.
This is part of plans developed by NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local general practice teams in the south PCN, to reach out to those in local communities who may struggle to travel to the PCN’s designated vaccination site.
PCNs are clusters of local GP practices grouped together. In line with national guidance, PCNs are responsible for designated sites where the vaccine will be offered. There are four PCNs in North Lincolnshire, click here for more information.
Practice teams have been working rapidly to redesign their own sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination. Vaccinating people from this community centre in Kirton in Lindsey will make it easier for local people to attend their vaccination appointments.
Dr Satpal Shekhawat, local GP from Kirton Lindsey Surgery, and Medical Director for NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said:
“Vaccinations of the over 80s, care home staff, care home residents and some frontline NHS staff is well under way. All four of North Lincolnshire’s primary care network sites are now live and administering both the Pfizer and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines – both of which have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
“We’re very proud to be able to deliver the vaccine more locally for people in Kirton in Lindsey, and we hope to be able to provide more local vaccines across North Lincolnshire in the near future.
“It is important to stress, no one will be excluded from the vaccination programme. Please be patient. This will take months and will not all happen in a few days. You don’t need to do anything at present. People are being prioritised by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation and when it is your turn to be vaccinated you will receive an invitation from your GP.
“While our NHS continues to vaccinate as many people as quickly and as safely as we possibly can, please stay home to protect yourselves and others from this virus.”
North Lincolnshire continues to make good progress with COVID-19 vaccinations
Health and care staff across North Lincolnshire continue to make good progress with vaccinating the most vulnerable people in our region against COVID-19.
A high number of over 80s, care home residents, care home staff and frontline NHS workers have either been vaccinated, or will be in the coming days and weeks.
The NHS is working extremely hard to roll out these vaccines as quickly, and as safely as possible.
Local GP and Medical Director for NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, Dr Satpal Shekhawat said:
“Being able to deliver this vaccine to the most vulnerable people in our communities is a huge milestone in what has been a very difficult year.
“I would just like to thank all staff who have been working relentlessly behind the scenes to put these vaccination plans in place.”
“The AstraZeneca vaccine has advantages which will make it easier for us to reach patients. It can be stored in a fridge, as opposed to the Pfizer vaccine needing to be at -70C, and can be used over the course of weeks, as opposed to three and a half days.
“As we don’t need to use all of the vaccines from a batch in one go, this makes it easier to take to smaller care homes and housebound people. We don’t have to be conscious about wasting the vaccines. The fact that there’s more supply also means that the rollout can proceed more quickly.”
“The first few weeks of the programme have gone very well, they’ve been a great success whichever way you look at it. The response from patients has been very good, hardly anyone has declined to have the vaccination. A lot of the work so far has had to take place over Bank Holidays and the festive period, so with those out of the way we can press on with people getting immunised.”
“It is important to stress that no one will be excluded from the vaccination programme. Please be patient. This will take months and will not all happen in a few days.
“You don’t need to do anything at present. When it is your turn to be vaccinated you will receive an invitation from your GP.
“People are being prioritised by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation and the NHS will be in contact with you in due course.”
Thanks to The Birches Medical Practice, Market Hill Centre, Riverside Surgery and Cedar Medical Practice for these pictures.
While we continue to vaccinate, we urge you to please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.