Bolton’s first walk-in vaccination clinic to open this Sunday

Bolton is to hold its first walk-in Covid-19 vaccination service this Sunday, March 28 between 10am and 4pm.

The walk-in clinic will be held at the Memory Lane Function Hall, Gilnow Lane, and will be open to people who fit certain criteria.

Anyone who is aged 50 or over, a registered carer, shielding or has a long term health condition AND is registered at one of 26 GP practices is eligible to attend.

However, organisers will have to turn away anyone who doesn’t fit the vaccination criteria. They are also unable to vaccinate people from other GP practices.

The walk-in clinic is a pilot and for people who fit the above criteria and have not yet had their FIRST dose.

People who are waiting for their second dose will be contacted when the time is right for their next appointment.

The full list of GP practices taking part in the walk-in clinic is:

Central Primary Care Network:

Deane Medical Centre, Dr Loomba, Dr Zarrouk, Beehive Surgery, Orient House Medical Centre, Dr Dakshina-Murthi, Dr Sidda, Al Fal Medical Group, Deane Clinic, 3D Medical Centre, Bolton General Practice, Bolton Medical Centre, The Olive Family Practice.

Rumworth Primary Care Network:

Dr Counsell and Partners, Swan Lane Medical Centre, Garnet Fold Practice, Shanti Medical Centre.

Chorley Roads Primary Care Network:

Dalefield Surgery, Spring House Surgery, Heaton Medical Centre, Cornerstone Surgery, Dr James-Authe and Partner.

Farnworth and Kearsley Primary Care Network:

Kearsley Medical Centre, Stonehill Medical Centre, Fig Tree Medical Centre, The Farnworth Family Practice.

Each practice is linked to a Primary Care Network that is operated by Bolton GP Federation.

People registered at any of the practices listed are welcome to visit the walk-in clinic between 10am and 4pm – no appointment needed.

Dr Helen Wall, senior responsible officer for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Bolton and clinical director of commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are constantly reviewing with the GP Federation what works best for their patients and our ultimate aim is to ensure everyone who is eligible for their vaccination is given the opportunity to have their jab. By bringing vaccines into a community and removing the need to book an appointment can often make a difference in people’s decisions to have the vaccination.

“A clinic that doesn’t require a pre-booked appointment, once again in the heart of the community, is another way of making vaccinations accessible to as many people as possible. However, we must stress that this vaccination clinic is only open to people registered at the GP practices listed and for those people who are aged 50 and over, a registered carer, shielding or those with a long term health condition who have, for whatever reason, still not had their first dose.

“If you fall into those groups, please get your vaccination this Sunday!”

Michael Smith, chief officer, Bolton GP Federatio, added: “We’re bringing the vaccine to you - come and get it. If you’re not sure whether or not you want it, come along anyway and talk to one of our doctors or nurses who will answer your questions.”

Marshals who can speak different languages will be on hand to help those whose first language is not English. However, people are advised to bring a family member or someone from their support bubble to help translate if needed.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is being led nationally by NHS England, and Bolton CCG is managing arrangements at a local level.

Vaccination of residents is according to a priority list, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), based on age and vulnerability of people and the risk of them becoming seriously ill and dying from Covid-19.

Bolton is currently vaccinating people aged 50 and over, anyone with a long term health condition, carers, and people who are shielding.

The full list of regular vaccination sites in Bolton:

  • Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton PCN
  • Lever Chambers Health Centre – including people from Rumworth PCN, Central PCN and Farnworth and Kearsley PCN
  • Breightmet Health Centre – including people from Breightmet and Little Lever PCN
  • Peter House Surgery – including people from Westhoughton PCN
  • Waters Meeting Health Centre – including people from Halliwell PCN, plus those registered at Bolton Community Practice in Horwich
  • Avondale Health Centre – including people from Chorley Roads PCN
  • Horwich RMI – including people from Kildonan House Surgery and Pike View Medical Centre

Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers, Horwich – including people who receive a letter to book through the national service

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