Our Community Services staff from Virgin Care have been supporting local GPs with the local vaccination campaign, visiting housebound community patients to deliver the life-saving COVID-19 vaccines across the North Kent area.
The GPs, through primary care networks (PCNs) were targeted with vaccinating 15 million people in the first four priority groups by 15 February. In North Kent, our team worked in partnership with the PCNs in Medway and Swale, and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley, to make sure that the target was met.
Between October 2020 and January 2021, our teams were supporting the annual flu programme, vaccinating 859 housebound patients in North Kent who had been referred by their GP.
Following this success, and with such a tight deadline looming, we were asked to help with the Covid-19 vaccinations of housebound patients and delivered 600 vaccinations at short notice.
Senior clinical managers, such as Karen Inns (pictured), our Operational Lead for Community Nursing in North Kent, got back into uniform to help frontline colleagues, who worked 7 days a week for 3 weeks to vaccinate the patients by the deadline
Dr Paul Staker, Clinical Director of Sittingbourne Primary Care Network said: “Virgin Care’s optimistic approach was appreciated, and their ability to work quickly to pull together an efficient solution is tribute to their fantastic staff and services. This is an incredible achievement, and we’re grateful to Virgin Care for helping to make the vaccination programme in North Kent a success.”
Patrick Birchall, our Managing Director in North Kent said, “We were delighted to be able to support the vaccine rollout locally. I’m proud of all my Virgin Care colleagues who offered their time and abilities to vaccinate some of the most vulnerable patients in our community at such short notice.
“Close working with GP colleagues for the benefit of patients is something we are passionate about and we look forward to continuing to build on this recent experience.”
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