Newton Abbot Vaccination Centre Assistance

UPDATES! Two Rotary clubs in the Newton Abbot area and Cancer Research UK volunteers set to assist local NHS Primary Care Network

The two Rotary clubs in Newton Abbot and the Cancer Research UK volunteers are assisting the NHS Primary Care Network- Temple Care at Sherborne House, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot. The centre is jointly run by 7 practices in the area:

Albany, Bovey Tracey & Chudleigh, Buckland, Cricketfield, Devon Square, Kingkerswell & Ipplepen and Kingsteignton.  The combined patient population is over 70,000.

The task facing Temple Care is immense from next week Rotary will be marshalling at the centre in a non-medical role – starting initially at 08:30am – 17:30 pm, 3-hour slots over the day. This may change as more vaccine becomes available and the vaccination process gets streamlined.

Co-organiser Rotarian Martin Smith asks “As a club we cannot man all the required time slots so I am appealing for volunteers to help us out – it could take over 6 months to vaccinate our community an unprecedented commitment; but with goodwill, flexibility and effort from all – we can all get back to some form of normality.

If you can offer help please email me at martrcna@outlook.com

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The Rotary Clubs of Newton Abbot and Dartmoor Vale have been overwhelmed with the response by residents with offers to assist them in their task of marshalling the vaccination centre and car park. 

It is understood that over 450 vaccinations were completed on the first day, by the seven GP surgeries - Templer care PCN and Kingsteignton, Kingkerswell & Bovey Tracey. 

Rotarian Martin Smith who has been coordinating the marshalling in the car park said “The joint effort of Teignbridge Council, the Primary Care Network and the two Rotary Clubs to make the vaccination centre a success demonstrates that with speedy communication and good will, all the different organisations can achieve a worthwhile result." 

He added "it took a little while to open the right channels of communication but I can only praise everybody’s contribution to get the result we have. We are now able to offer the Halcyon Car Park purely for the attendees of the vaccination centre across the road at Sherborne House [The former Job centre] . We are all in it together to beat the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is going to be several months to get everybody vaccinated. The primary goal is to get the vulnerable residents their jabs as soon as possible. It has been very noticeable how frail and to some extent confused the attendees have been, just underlining the need of marshals to give them some socially distanced guidance and a friendly word. Rotarians have appreciated the kind comments by many and, whilst not expected or asked for, some occasional donations have been gratefully received – which will be distributed to other local projects as needed.”

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