Information regarding the local COVID vaccinations programme

Berkshire Primary Care Ltd working in partnership with Bracknell & District PCN GP Practices – Update 21/01/2021

The following Bracknell GP practice patients are eligible to attend the NHS vaccination hub in the Waitrose Sports Hall in Bracknell on the Southern Industrial Estate.

  • Binfield Surgery
  • The Sandhurst Group Practice
  • The Waterfield Surgery
  • The Gainsborough Practice
  • Great Hollands Surgery
  • Easthampstead Surgery
  • The Forest Health Group
  • as well as for four Ascot surgeries.

We are asking for everyone’s patience and help with this massive programme. Please do not contact the surgeries or service providers regarding this programme unless you have been asked to do so and you are in the currently being booked groups.

The centre has been provided by Waitrose and Berkshire Primary Care Ltd are providing this service in collaboration with your local GP practices, CCG and NHS teams. All appointments must pre booked.

To date we have vaccinated over 4,500 eligible local people since opening in late December 2020.

You may have received a letter informing you about the Slough vaccination centre, this is an option open for you but you can use the local Bracknell service when your cohort is eligible. You do not have to go to the Slough site. The Bracknell service is using many staff from your local surgeries and other partnerships teams.

The speed of the programme is affected by vaccine delivery and safe working numbers to protect patients and staff and we also have strict priority group rules which need to be followed. Currently those aged 70 or older, people who are on the national Clinically Vulnerable / Shielding lists who have received an NHS letter and healthcare professionals are currently allowed to be booked.

We are actively contacting people in these permitted categories to schedule vaccinations. Currently we are contacting registered patients by phone but we are moving towards online booking as systems come online. Anyone unable to book online will still be bookable by phone.

We have already vaccinated those in the local care homes and are beginning the plans and rollout to patients who are housebound from the practices mentioned above.

We understand everyone’s desire to get vaccinated as soon as possible! We cannot however do everyone at once even if we had unlimited staff and space, as we also need the stock which is distribute nationally and we cannot control. This is why we are asking you to please not contact the surgeries or service providers regarding this programme unless requested to do so and you are in the currently being booked groups. We request this to help us reach those we need to now, in the groups currently being vaccinated.

Your help with this will enable us to process bookings more effectively aiding the programme and to contact those eligible as we have stock and appointments available. We are running clinics 8am to 8pm in line with stock deliveries.

We will be able to help vaccinate all eligible patients but it will take us some time to get to everyone!

Thank you in advance for your help with supporting your local NHS services! and of course we must thank Waitrose, all our NHS staff and the amazing team of Volunteers at the site supporting the programme from The Ark – from Berkshire Primary Care Ltd