High Street Pharmacies in Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare among hundreds across country delivering NHS COVID-19 vaccination

High street pharmacies in Bristol and Weston-super-Mare will start to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations from today as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. Superdrug in Broadmead, Bristol and Locking Pharmacy in Weston-super-Mare will be among the first of hundreds of community pharmacies to offer vaccinations protecting against the virus.

Over the next two weeks, more community pharmacies are due to start vaccinating in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area. Vaccinations are also being offered at 19 GPs sites across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, two hospital hubs and Ashton Gate – the super vaccination centre.

People invited to make an appointment through the new national booking service will be given a choice between a vaccination centre or a pharmacy service. You can choose the site most convenient and accessible to you or wait to be contacted by your GP.


All primary care COVID-19 vaccination centres across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are now live

Three more primary care network sites in Bristol began their COVID-19 vaccination roll out, meaning that all 19 general practice sites in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are now open and vaccinating people against the virus.

This means that every neighbourhood area in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire now has a GP practice vaccination centre.

The centres are working alongside the super vaccination centre at Ashton Gate and the hospital hubs at Southmead Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and Weston General Hospital to ensure the priority groups as set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are vaccinated as soon as possible.

Read the full story on the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG website

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New Oxford vaccine rolled out in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

The new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is being rolled out in local General Practice-led services today, making it easier to protect care home residents and other vulnerable people against Covid-19.

Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved, the Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move, making it easier to use in care homes and to vaccinate the housebound.

Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium will be among the sites coming online locally next week, alongside further GP Practice sites. By the end of next week, every neighbourhood area in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will have a GP practice vaccination centre up and running – 19 sites in total.

Local GP and member of the clinical team responsible for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire COVID-19 vaccination programme, Dr Neil Kerfoot, said:

“We’re delighted to have received the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine here at Kingswood Health Centre and in other sites across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire today.

“There's still much to be done, and we are working tirelessly to ensure the vaccine is rolled out effectively to everyone in the area who needs it.

“Our shared priority at the moment is to visit and vaccinate care home residents and staff, as well as vaccinating the over 80s across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. My primary care network here in South Gloucestershire should have completed our care homes by the end of next week, which is fantastic. Now that we have more vaccine coming through, other sites won't be far behind.

“This has involved a lot of work over Christmas and New Year, and I’d like to thank all of our staff who are working so hard to make this happen - as well as the public for their patience and support.

We want to reassure our over 80s population that if you haven't yet been contacted - please don't worry, we will be in touch very soon.”

Alongside people over the age of 80, care home residents and staff have been set as the highest priority group by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

While the approval and delivery of the Oxford vaccine means the NHS will be able to ramp up its vaccination efforts, it will still take some time to reach everyone who needs to be vaccinated. The NHS will be in touch when it is your turn.

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Ashton Gate Stadium confirmed as one of seven “Super Vaccination” Centres

Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol is one of seven ‘super vaccination’ centres across England that will be delivering Covid-19 vaccinations from next week.

Across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, there are now two hospital hubs in operation and 14 GP sites vaccinating the most vulnerable in our communities in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation guidance.

This is a really exciting development, but it will still take time to reach everyone who needs to be vaccinated. We ask for the public's continued support and patience - the NHS will be in touch when it is your turn.

Everyone who is vaccinated at Ashton Gate will be invited by the NHS - please do not attend the site expected to be vaccinated if you do not have an appointment.

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GPs in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire begin roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine

Local vaccination services run by GPs will open across the area this week, as the roll-out of the biggest immunisation programme in NHS history gains momentum.

GPs and other primary care staff have been working round the clock to ensure those most at risk are able to receive the vaccine first, with four sites starting to vaccinate in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. A phased roll-out will continue into the New Year.

Practices have been working together in groups called ‘Primary Care Networks’ to provide the vaccine across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. People aged 80 and over, as well as colleagues in our community services and care home workers will be the first to be invited to get the jab – with local people urged to wait their turn to be called.

The sites administering vaccinations this week as part of the ‘Wave 1’ GP-led programme are:

  • Kingswood Health Centre, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire
  • Riverbank Medical Centre, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
  • Greenway Community Centre, Southmead, Bristol
  • Pudding Pie Lane Surgery, Langford, North Somerset

People over 80 who are most at risk from Covid-19 are the priority cohort, based on advice from the national independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Local GP and member of the clinical team responsible for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire COVID-19 vaccination programme, Dr Neil Kerfoot, will be vaccinating people at Kingswood Health Centre from Tuesday. Dr Kerfoot said:

“We are really excited to be able to start vaccinating local residents to help protect them against coronavirus.

"We have been booking patients in for the last few days and inviting those over the age of 80 to come and get their jab. We are asking everyone to be patient and not to contact their surgery in relation to vaccination - we will contact you when we are ready to book you in.

"To be in this position is testament to our incredible workforce - they have pulled out all the stops to ensure we are able to start vaccinating. This includes identifying suitable sites and putting in place strong processes to meet the logistical challenges of a programme of this size and scale.”

Sara Blackmore, Director of Public Health at South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“This is fantastic progress, and it has been a real partnership effort to get ready for this week’s local vaccinations.

“It is still vital that we keep following the guidance: Hands, Face, Space; to protect ourselves, our family, friends, neighbours and our whole community. While there will be vaccine for everyone who needs it, the scale of the task means it is going to take some time, and we need to stay mindful of the threat of the virus and do everything we can to limit spread.”

Due to limited early supply of the vaccine, the Wave 1 sites have been selected on the basis of geography, the number of over 80s in the local population and operational readiness. More local sites will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Dr Martin Jones interview about the Healthy Weston proposals

Dr Martin Jones, clinical director at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, was recently interviewed by Tom Wright, editor of the Weston Mercury, about the Healthy Weston proposals.

In the wide ranging interview, Dr Jones explains the proposals for Weston Hospital, how 24/7 urgent and emergency care will be delivered in a different way and why health services need to change. He also describes the planned improvements to children’s and mental health provision as well as describing how services for the older and more frail would be improved.

 


Have your say on Healthy Weston hospital proposals

Local residents are being invited to have their say on NHS proposals to create a stronger and more focused Weston Hospital at the heart of the local community.

The public consultation, launched today (13 February), follows 18 months of public engagement and discussion on the future of the hospital that has involved dozens of public meetings and hundreds of conversations with local people. The proposals – developed by doctors, in partnership with local people and hospital staff - are designed to better serve the needs of everyone in the local area, including a growing number of frail older people, young families with children, and people affected by mental illness.

Under the proposals, 24/7 urgent and emergency care would continue to be provided at Weston Hospital, but in a different way. The current temporary A&E opening times of 8am to 10pm would be made permanent, supported by an improved out-of-hours service and with more patients admitted directly onto wards overnight via GP referral. The proposals out for formal consultation also feature changes to the levels of emergency surgery and critical care that can be provided at Weston Hospital.

The proposals are supported by a range of improvements to local services, including plans to provide more routine surgery, such as knee and hip operations, at Weston Hospital. They also include enhancements to services for frail and older people, children’s urgent care services, mental health services and primary care (GP services) in the Weston and Worle area.

Local GP and Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Martin Jones said: “We want a 21st century NHS for people in Weston and the surrounding areas and that means providing more of the services people need most often.

“While urgent and emergency care would continue to be provided for local people around the clock, we would also be offering more planned surgery and chemotherapy, so that people don’t have to travel as far for their regular treatment.

“Our longer term vision is for a local health and care service that is integrated, responsive and fully reflective of local people’s needs. For example, we have more young families moving to the area, so it’s important that we increase the provision of specialist children’s urgent care.

“We also have a large number of people over the age of 70 in the area, and so we are developing a new frailty service that will ensure older people get the right care from mixed teams of doctors, nurses, therapists and social care workers – both in the hospital, but increasingly in the community.

“We believe that together these changes will help us deliver the high-quality services we need now and in the future, and I hope everyone with an interest in the local NHS will take the time to share their views with us.”

The public consultation runs until midday on Friday 24 May 2019 and copies of the consultation document will be available at local GP practices, pharmacies, libraries and community centres.

A number of public engagement events and roadshows will also be held providing further opportunities to hear more about the proposals and share views.

Details of further events will be published on this website. No decisions on the future shape of services will be made until later this year.

Read the consultation document

Find out about public events

Online survey


Consultation date set for Healthy Weston proposals

Proposals to reform urgent and emergency care services at Weston General Hospital, as part of the Healthy Weston programme to enhance and transform healthcare services in Weston and the surrounding area, will proceed to full public consultation the Governing Body of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed on 5 February.

Governing Body members approved plans to formally consult on three specific proposals for changes to services at Weston Hospital focused on urgent and emergency care provision, critical care and emergency surgery.

The 14-week consultation will launch on 13 February, when members of the public will also be invited to share their views on a range of related proposals for service improvements in the Weston and Worle area. These include developing an acute frailty service to enhance the care of older adults; developing an improved mental health service including new crisis support provision in the centre of Weston; and extending coverage for children’s urgent and emergency care from five to seven days a week.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Medical Director and local GP, Dr Martin Jones, said: “We need a genuine 21st Century service that meets the needs of our patients now and in the future, and we believe our proposals will achieve that.

“These proposals are the outcome of an 18-month programme of work which has involved thousands of individual patients, staff and members of the public in Weston and the surrounding areas.

“We’ve very grateful to everyone who has worked with us get to this point and I urge everyone with an interest to get involved once the consultation launches, by sharing their views and feedback with us.”

The consultation will run from 13 February until 24 May.

Full details of the proposals can be viewed on the CCG website.

Further information about the consultation, including consultation documents, will be published on the Healthier Together site on 13th February 2019.


NHS leaders set out vision for vibrant Weston Hospital at the heart of local health services

The NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is today publishing proposals to reform urgent and emergency care services at Weston General Hospital, as well as setting out a longer term vision for its future as a thriving hospital at the heart of the community.

The proposals respond to long-standing challenges, including difficulties in recruiting sufficient numbers of clinical staff, which led to the temporary overnight closure of A&E in July 2017. Expert doctors, health professionals and others have been designing and assessing a range of options over the last 18 months, all with the aim of ensuring that services are high-quality and fit for the future. They have now recommended a ‘preferred option’ that if agreed next week, will proceed to public consultation later in February.

Under the proposal, which the Governing Body of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will consider next week, the hospital would continue to provide round-the-clock access to urgent and emergency care for everyone in the area. Weston’s A&E would operate between 8am and 10pm seven days per week, boosted by a strengthened GP out-of-hours service and more direct admissions onto hospital wards overnight via GP referral.

The most serious emergency cases – for example, head injuries and heart attacks – would continue to be transferred to specialist centres at neighbouring hospitals in Bristol and Taunton, as has always been the case. The proposals also feature changes to the levels of emergency surgery and critical care that can be provided at Weston General.

Alongside immediate changes to urgent and emergency care, the wider vision for change includes plans to develop Weston General Hospital as a centre of excellence for frailty.  An innovative new service would provide joined-up care for older people, reducing unnecessarily lengthy stays in hospital and improving health outcomes.

An extended service for acutely unwell children is also proposed, alongside more planned surgery and increased access to specialist outpatient services, such as cancer treatment. A new crisis recovery service would be located in the centre of Weston, providing much needed support for people with mental health needs.

Dr Martin Jones, a local GP and Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG said:

“We need a genuine 21st Century service that meets the needs of our patients now and in the future, and we believe our proposals will achieve that.

“The preferred option we are putting forward has been shaped by doctors, health and care professionals and the public. It will allow us to deliver 24-hour urgent and emergency care in the most effective way, with a boosted out-of-hours service and greater opportunity for GPs to admit patients directly onto wards overnight.

“We know that staff at the hospital do a fantastic job every day, yet Weston Hospital is unable to meet national clinical quality standards across all its services. We also have a shortage of specialist staff available for some services and it’s vital we address this, and put the hospital on a sustainable footing.

“Our longer term vision is for a local health and care service that is integrated, responsive and fully reflective of local people’s needs. For example, we have more young families moving to the area, so it’s important that we increase the provision of specialist children’s urgent care.

“We also have a large number of people over the age of 70 in the area, and so we are developing a new frailty service that will ensure older people get the right care from mixed teams of doctors, nurses, therapists and social care workers – both in the hospital, but increasingly in the community.”

Dr Peter Collins, Medical Director at Weston Area Health Trust, said:

”This is an exciting opportunity to transform services at the hospital, for the benefit of all our patients.

“These proposals, developed by clinicians, would allow us to continue to deliver the care people need most often at Weston General.  The vast majority of current services and treatments would continue to be provided at the hospital at the times of day they are most in demand.

“We need to be able to attract and retain key staff to work here, and the way to do that is by becoming a centre of excellence.

“It’s also crucial that we provide local people and our staff with greater clarity and certainty about the future. I hope that staff and the public will take the opportunity to share their views during the consultation period.”

The CCG’s Governing Body will consider the recommendation at its February meeting. If approved for consultation, this would begin later in February, with a range of ways for the public to have their say. The CCG confirmed last week that it will be working closely with Weston Hospital consultants on their suggested model, and that further engagement with the clinicians would be arranged throughout any consultation period.


CCG and Weston consultants pledge to work together

Joint statement from Dr Martin Jones, Medical Director at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG and Mr Adekoyejo Odutola, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chair of Weston Hospital Medical Advisory Committee.

Both the CCG and the consultant body recognise the clear need to deliver health and care services differently - including hospital services - as our population grows and health needs change. We are all committed to ensuring the very best possible care for people across Weston, Worle, Winscombe and the surrounding areas including North Sedgemoor.

As part of the Healthy Weston programme, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG will be launching a public consultation on proposals to change and improve local health services in the coming weeks. The proposal developed by the consultant body for delivering urgent and emergency services will be fully considered, as will any further suggestions for improvement that the public, staff and stakeholders might have. There are clear evaluation criteria in place to assess any proposals, which have been established to prioritise safety, quality and sustainability.

We have found through our recent constructive discussions, that there are key similarities between the model proposed by consultants and the options the CCG has been putting together over the last 18 months alongside clinicians, health professionals and others. For example, we all want to explore the potential to admit more patients directly onto wards overnight where appropriate, reduce unnecessary waits and improve access to specialist care.

We look forward to working further together throughout the course of the consultation, and are jointly committed to shaping services that meet local people’s needs now and in the future.