Vaccin-ace-tion | Exmouth Tennis Centre
LED Customer Notice: Exmouth Tennis Centre is being used as an NHS COVID Vaccination Centre. Please be aware there is limited parking the week commencing Monday 12th April. We recommend walking, cycling or parking elsewhere if possible.
Confirmed Clinic Days:
Wednesday 16th June
We will update clinic dates as they are made available to us.
Please note, LED Community Leisure are not responsible for appointments, if you have any queries or questions regarding your timeslot or arrangements please contact your local GP surgery or NHS for any related queries.
LED Community Leisure are pleased to be supporting East Devon's Covid-19 vaccination centre which is currently based at Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre. We are proud to be a part of the national effort to beat coronavirus and delighted to support lifesaving help to our local community.
The vaccination centre has been a huge success and received positive feedback and reviews from the community. On arrival volunteer stewards are on site to assist with parking and directions. A new one-way parking system has been introduced to allow easy flow in and out.
Area Manager Simon Findel-Hawkins explains "LED were approached in December 2020 by the NHS to work in partnership and transform 1 tennis court into a vaccination centre for the community. The centre was transformed within a week and began the vaccinations just before Christmas 2020. The setup has continued within the new year and has already achieved over 1,000 vaccinations within a single day. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February the centre is aiming to vaccinate 1,500 local residents each day. LED Community Leisure are proud to support this amazing programme which is the impetus for East Devon to return to some sort of normality."
The vaccincation centre will contiune to operate despite Exmouth Tennis & Fitness Centre's temporary closure with separate entrances and exits to ensure the safety of our staff and the wider public. Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre is part of LED Community Leisure, a not-for profit charitable trust providing tennis, sport activities as well as fitness and wellbeing to the local community.
The NHS is also reminding people who have had the vaccine they must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as immunity takes weeks to develop.
When you get your call from the NHS for your vaccine, please take it up.
- The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. You must attend your appointment.
- Don’t make things harder for the NHS by calling your local hospital or GP practice about getting the vaccine – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Blocking phonelines with queries stops other people getting healthcare and diverts staff time, meaning the vaccine rollout will be slower.
For more information on vaccination and the health and care response to COVID-19, click on www.togetherfordevon.uk/priorities/coronavirus-covid-19
Key facts about the Covid 19 vaccine programme:
- Thousands more doses of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine have been received from the national supply chain and given to priority groups in Devon this week.
- GP practices are prioritising use of the Oxford vaccine for use in older persons’ care homes as it is easier to transport and store.
- The NHS has been asked to ensure everyone in care homes has been vaccinated by 24 January and it is NHS Devon ambition to achieve this.
- A range of measures is being developed, including additional roving teams, to bring vaccination facilities closer to people in places where the location of the local vaccination centre makes it difficult for people to access it - but in the meantime, local people are strongly encouraged to do all they reasonably can to take up the offer of a vaccination appointment if they are offered one.
- The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery plan and will contact local people when it's their turn to get the vaccine.
- Both the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines have been through rigorous tests and approval processes to prove they are safe and effective. Therefore, patients will not have a choice about the vaccine they receive when they are called for an appointment.
Family doctors in Devon will begin giving the coronavirus vaccine to local people from today (Tuesday, 15 December), as the NHS continues its phased roll-out of the vaccination programme.
GP practices are working in groups to set up local vaccination centres for their patients, which will open in phases over coming weeks.
The first phase of GP-led vaccination centres in Devon will see the opening of eight sites serving 49 of the county’s practices.
But local people are also being reminded they should not contact their practice or hospital to ask about an appointment – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.
As well as using NHS locations like GP surgeries and health centres, some local vaccination centres are being opened in more unusual venues.
In Devon, these specially adapted sites include Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre, The Staddy function centre in Plymouth, and the Riviera International Centre in Torquay.
The eight locations in Devon’s first wave of local vaccination centres will see nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff working alongside doctors to vaccinate people aged over 80 and care home workers, who have been identified as priority groups for a life-saving vaccination.
In Devon, the eight sites in the first phase are:
• Abbey Surgery, Tavistock
• Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre
• Limes Surgery, Exminster
• Okehampton Medical Centre
• Riviera International Centre, Torquay
• St Boniface House, near Buckfastleigh
• Seaton Community Hospital
• The Staddy function centre, Plymouth
Between them, the sites will vaccinate people from 49 of the county’s GP practices.
At Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre, patients from 10 local practices will be vaccinated from Tuesday onwards in specially adapted clinical facilities positioned on one of the indoor courts.
Dr Barry Coakley, a GP and Clinical Director of Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (WEB) Primary Care Network, who is among those leading the set-up of the centre, said: “We feel honoured to play our part in this wonderful national COVID vaccination programme.
“As soon as the opportunity arose, the teams from all ten practices have come together, working with great skill and efficiency, seizing the moment to ensure that these lifesaving vaccinations are delivered to our communities.
“We would like to thank all those who have been waiting patiently to be contacted for their invitation. We are working through our patient lists in order, as set out in the national guidance, and will make contact with everyone who is eligible in due course.”
Four GP practices are working together to open the local vaccination centre at The Staddy, Plymouth.
Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, a GP and Clinical Director of Mewstone Primary Care Network which serves Plymstock, Yealmpton and Wembury, said: “The Staddy is a well known local venue with plenty of space to safely set up the specialist clinical facilities we need for the programme.
“This is the most significant vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS and we are eager to play our part in protecting people against coronavirus and saving lives and livelihoods.”
More local vaccination centres run by family doctors will open in coming weeks across the county as the roll-out of the greatest vaccination programme in NHS history expands out of hospital hubs.
Simon Jolly, managing director of Riviera International Conference Centre, where patients from ten local practices are being vaccinated, added: “We were really happy to be able to put the Riviera International Centre forward as a venue for COVID-19 vaccinations. It’s an honour to be able to support such a vital project.”
Darryn Allcorn, Devon’s lead chief nurse, said: “We’re working seven days a week to make sure eligible people in Devon a vital vaccine as soon as possible.
“As a nurse I am proud to be part of this huge national effort to protect our patients against the virus and I would urge people in Devon to come forward when they are called up for the vaccine.
“I can reassure everyone that the NHS will be in touch with you when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Contacting your local hospital or practice only slows us down as it takes up precious time and resources to respond to the calls.”
The local vaccination sites are using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, building on the work of the scores of hospital hubs which have already started vaccinating.
At Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre, which is run by LED Community Leisure, play continues on the courts not being used by the local vaccination centre.
For more information please visit www.DevonCCG.nhs.uk