Youngs Park hosts town’s first drive through clinic

Around 900 patients turned out to a drive-through flu vaccination clinic, set up at Youngs Park in an effort to boost immunisation levels in Aylsham.

Vulnerable people considered to be at high risk had been contacted by the Market Surgery to arrange a jab and were greeted by medical staff wearing PPE upon arrival.

Patients confirmed their personal details and were directed through the site to the vaccination area, where a clinician gave the jab without visitors needing to leave their vehicle.

Lucy Sadler (Nurse Manager), of The Market Surgery, said this year’s vaccination programme, which is the biggest in the country’s history, is the “most challenging” to date but has “the potential to save thousands of lives”.

Lucy said: “Due to Covid-19 we have had constraints on how we can deliver these services safely for our staff and patients.

“We’ve had to explore different ways of doing this and thankfully Aylsham Football Club has been very kind in letting us use their premises.”

Flu vaccinations are considered increasingly important this year as a way to reduce pressure on the NHS in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The vaccine is so important this year, not just to prevent the flu, but to prevent that potential extra pressure on the NHS come winter,” said Lucy.

Aylsham Football Club chairman, Ian Potter, said: “I am delighted the facilities at Youngs Park have been used for the drive through clinic. Our club is at the heart of the community and this is another example of how the facility is more than just football.

“It was a delight to meet the staff who braved the cold, wet weather over the two days”

Patients unsure if they are eligible for a flu vaccine are advised to visit the NHS website before checking their personal medical practice website.

PICTURES: Jeffrey Lake.

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