Vaccination service now live in Etchingham

Patients in rural Rother have now received their vaccination after a new service went live last week.

The service at Etchingham Village Hall has been in place for a week and has already vaccinated hundreds of eligible patients.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with the following GP practices:

  • Fairfield Surgery, Burwash
  • Ferry Road Health Centre, Rye
  • Martins Oak Surgery, Battle
  • Northiam and Broad Oak Surgery
  • Oldwood Surgery, Robertsbridge /Battle Health Centre
  • Rye Medical Centre
  • Sedlescombe and Westfield Surgeries

The community continues to come together. Local volunteers are working on site along with help from the fire service and the local primary school is providing extra storage space.

Dr Camilla Pashley, GP at Sedlescombe and Westfield Surgeries and one of the Clinical Directors for Rural Rother Primary Care Network, said: “We are very proud to see this essential service go live after so much hard work, planning and commitment from our GP practices, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and other local partners. To play a part in the biggest immunisation programme undertaken by the NHS is an honour and a privilege and we look forward to welcoming local people through the doors of Etchingham Village Hall to receive their vaccinations.

Please help your local practices by not contacting them directly; they will contact you as soon as an appointment is available for you. We are also asking people not to turn up early for their appointments. Arriving on time will help us manage the number of people at the venue and help keep our patients and staff safe.”

James Bowey, an airline pilot who joined the NHS as a result of COVID-19’s impact on the airline industry, is managing the site at Etchingham. He said: “First and foremost I want to pay tribute to the amazing teams at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust who have worked tirelessly to set up Etchingham Village Hall as a vaccination centre for this rural community.

It is a privilege to be involved in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and we look forward to welcoming patients over the coming days and weeks to give them this vaccine.”

Remember, that you’ll be contacted by the NHS when you become eligible to have the vaccine.