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Woolpit Health Centre shortlisted for HSJ Award for Covid-19 vaccine drive-through

A Suffolk health centre which ran a Covid-19 vaccination drive-through scheme has been shortlisted for a top award.

Woolpit Health Centre and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group have been recognised in the HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards for Primary Care Innovation of the Year.

About 4,600 people received their coronavirus jab at the centre's drive-through, which was praised for its 'ambition and visionary spirit'.

Woolpit Health Centre. Picture: Mark Westley
Woolpit Health Centre. Picture: Mark Westley

Dr Richard West, GP at Woolpit Health Centre, said they were 'thrilled' to be shortlisted and the recognition reflected the collaborative efforts and dedication of staff who worked hard to deliver the scheme.

"Knowing there was such stiff competition this year really does make this announcement feel like a wonderful achievement for everyone involved and the nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at Woolpit Health Centre and NHS West Suffolk CCG," he said.

The drive-through scheme faced competition from hundreds of other healthcare projects and the HSJ Awards received more than 1,000 entries overall, with 205 organisations, projects and individuals making the shortlist in 23 categories.

The Covid-19 vaccination drive-through run by Woolpit Health Centre
The Covid-19 vaccination drive-through run by Woolpit Health Centre

East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust is also a finalist in the NHS Communications Initiative of the Year Award for its 'So We Don’t Forget, listening and learning together' approach.

An awards ceremony will be held on November 18.

Richard Watson, deputy chief executive of the NHS West Suffolk CCG, said the recognition for the drive-through project was 'certainly well deserved'.

"It is an excellent example of partnership working between Woolpit Health Centre and the CCG, and also more widely highlights the incredible work of primary care teams across the patch who have been doing so much to support people’s health and wellbeing, despite the very big challenges they face," he added.

"Well done to everyone at Woolpit Health Centre, we are proud of everything that you do."

Alistair McLellan, HSJ editor, said they were 'overwhelmed' with the level of entries, particularly against the backdrop of Covid-19 and the challenges faced by health and social care workers.

He added: "On behalf of all my colleagues, I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Woolpit Health Centre and West Suffolk CCG on being nominated in the category of Primary Care Innovation of the year, in this year’s HSJ Awards.

"The applications we receive always present our panel of judges with a very difficult task as the standard is unfailingly high and the breadth of innovation and passion for patient care is always so inspiring."

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