Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, has returned to Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield to witness their first Covid-19 vaccination clinic for the second phase of the vaccination programme being rolled out in Wealden.
The Meads Medical Centre, working in collaboration with other surgeries within the Greater Wealden Primary Care Network, have been administering the vaccines since mid-December, delivering the lifesaving jab to Wealden residents aged 50 and over (cohorts 1-9). To date, a fantastic 34,000 jabs have been delivered through the Greater Wealden Primary Care Network, which includes practices in Uckfield, Buxted, Herstmonceux, Heathfield and the Mid Downs Medical Practice.
This week, the second phase of vaccines (residents aged under 50) has successfully begun, with 300 people vaccinated during the first clinic. Nusrat has been liaising closely with Charlotte Luck, the Meads Practice Manager and has been the driving force behind ensuring that second phase could be seamlessly rolled out in Wealden and surgeries could continue to deliver the jab to residents aged under 50.
During her previous visit earlier in the year, Nus was welcomed by Dr Emma Walbrook, Dr Kevin Ellis, and Dr Andrew Duckworth - GP Partners at the practice, as well as the nurses, volunteers, health care assistants and other key staff at Meads. This time, Nus has also met Peter Griggs, Chair of Meads Patient Participation Group and his wife Gabbi Paterson-Griggs who help organise the work of the volunteers who assist with car park organisation and signage.
Nus Ghani said: “I am incredibly grateful to the whole team at Meads Medical Centre as well as staff from practices across the Greater Wealden Primary Care Network for their dedication and tireless work to deliver the vaccine to Wealden residents. After the tremendous success of vaccine distribution and uptake during phase one, it was my absolute priority to ensure that people under 50 can also benefit from accessing the vaccine locally without lengthy travel to mass vaccination centres in Brighton or Eastbourne and I am pleased that this has been achieved. Vaccines are our safest way out of this pandemic and our fantastic GPs, nurses, support staff and volunteers have been working round the clock to save lives in Wealden. Please take the first available appointment when it is your turn to receive the jab.”