Oakenhurst Medical Practice

Oakenhurst Medical Practice, Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, Simmons Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AX

Covid-19 Vaccination Health and Social Workers

The CCG has agreed a process with ELHT for the vaccination of frontline Health and Social Care Workers (H&SCW). All other key workers will be contacted in due course.

All H&SC Organisations (including Dentist, Pharmacies, Optometrists, LCC) have been asked to identify a single point of contact within their organisation who will collate a list of all staff. They will then forward that list to a designated email address. ELHT will then send an email to individuals identified by their employing organisation advising how they can book an appointments for a vaccination at the Hospital Hub.

H&SCW contacting the practice should be directed back to their employing organisation.

More information about the Hospital hubs and what is expected of frontline H&SCW when making an appointment is included below for information:

The Vaccination Hub are at Burnley General Teaching Hospital and is situated in Suite 2 Outpatients via the Casterton Avenue entrance & the Vaccination Hub at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital is in the New Phase 6 Ground Level Patient Services Department. PLEASE DO NOT just turn up. You need to make an appointment in advance. Other clinics are at Blackburn Cathedral, Everest Pharmacy, Darwen, ACT Centre Accrington and Burnley Vaccination Centre.

When attending for your appointment you must produce your workplace identification badge and your NHS Number to have a vaccine.”

Support accessing the Vaccine

Age UK Blackburn with Darwen is currently able to provide support for older people who are identified as needing additional help to enable them to attend their Covid-19 vaccination appointment.

· This is targeted at those people identified as being at risk of not being able to attend their appointment.

· The support can include transport to and from the appointment along with emotional support for those who may be anxious or have cognitive issues.

· This offer is for residents of Blackburn with Darwen and those registered with a Blackburn with Darwen GP practice.

Criteria for referral for support

· People over 65 who don’t have access to their own transport and do not have family/friends who are able to provide transport and no alternative way of safely getting to the appointment.

· People who have cognitive or physical needs that mean that they are not able to attend the appointment safely unaccompanied and do not have anyone to accompany them. This could include those who may need reminding that they have an appointment.

· Those who have been advised to shield.

The service is usually available Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm with some limited capacity on Saturdays.