As part of the ongoing development of the local vaccination provision for Bromley, there have been changes to the configuration of sites covering the borough.
The Community House site has been succeeded by alternative provision for several reasons:
- In March, the Mass Vaccination Centre opened in central Bromley, just a few minutes’ walk away from Community House. Geographical access was duplicated because of this and the site therefore was not attracting as many patients as it needed to remain as a large vaccination site.
- The licence for Community House was due to conclude at the end of March and the anticipated relaxation in restrictions were expected to affect renewal of use of all the requisite space in the venue.
- Whilst the site has been a valuable central location, there have been concerns about congestion in the immediate vicinity, which was expected to worsen when retail reopens, and about sufficient nearby parking, again expected to be affected by the return of retail.
- Some patients have found it difficult to access the site due to distance or lack of access to transport.
These various factors were considered extensively and a submission made to the national programme to consider a request to replace the site with two new sites at London Lane Clinic in central Bromley and St Edward’s Church Hall in Mottingham. The decision to proceed was confirmed to the Clinical Commissioning Group on 25th February with an expectation that the new sites would commence clinics two weeks later. The rapid turnaround time required to mobilise the new sites required considerable efforts from the teams involved. Prior to the decision the local NHS teams were not permitted to share this information publicly. NHS South East London CCG provided an update about these changes at the virtual public meeting on the vaccination programme on 10th March, and practices have texted patients expecting their second doses at Community House.
The local provision now available in Bromley is as follows:
- Six local vaccination sites in Penge, Beckenham, central Bromley, Mottingham, West Wickham and Orpington
- One mass vaccination site in central Bromley, and access to other sites in neighbouring areas via the National Booking System
- Satellite clinics across the borough, including at Stock Hill Medical Centre and Keston Mosque
- We also have pharmacies in the borough which have expressed interest in offering vaccination services and we are expecting approval from the national programme for several of these to commence services shortly
Local practices monitor feedback and uptake figures to ensure that where patients are less able to travel, that clinical satellite clinics can be set up in a timely manner to provide more local access.
We are delighted to report that there is excellent take-up of the vaccine in the Biggin Hill area, averaging over 75% across all currently eligible cohorts (over 50s, shielding, clinically vulnerable, care home residents, carers, and health and care workers).
Thank you to everyone for attending their appointments when invited and supporting the Covid vaccination programme in Bromley.
Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group