Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly newsletter, 2nd February 2021, which brings you up to date with where we are with the roll out of the Covid vaccines across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
Running total: 54,702
Vaccinated by GP practices: 21,171
By 2pm on Monday, February 1, there had been 60 DNAs (did not attend) at the Bay Field Hospital alone. Overall yesterday 6.5% of people booked in at the Bay did not attend.
These appointments had not been cancelled with the booking centre.
Faced with mounting spare vaccines which had to be used yesterday or thrown away, our staff volunteered to stay late to use up the vaccine on people called in at very short notice from our reserve list.
PLEASE contact our booking centre (the number is on your appointment letter) if you cannot make your appointment or do not want the vaccine.
But DO NOT ring this number – or any other contact centre number shared on social media and via text – if you have not been given an appointment and are not in the correct priority group. You will not get an appointment this way.
If you or a loved one are in this group and haven’t yet had an appointment, here is an explanation of how you will be called:
Where you go will depend mainly on your age, or what GP practice you belong to. All surgeries in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot - except Dyfed Road, Neath and University practices - will be vaccinating people on their lists in the shielding/CEV group. However, the arrangements are slightly different if you are aged 75-79.
Shielding/CEV adults aged up to age 74: You will be called by your GP within the next three weeks. Please be patient, as GPs are vaccinating people aged over 80 first.
Shielding/CEV adults aged 75-79: Because we are already vaccinating this age group as a whole in our mass vaccination centres, you may have already received an invitation this way. If this happens, you have a choice. You can attend your mass vaccination centre appointment, or if you prefer, you can cancel that one and wait for an appointment from your GP. If you want to change appointments, please let us know by contacting the number on your appointment letter. (Note: the option to switch is only available for this age group.)
Shielding/CEV adults who attend the Dyfed Road, Neath or University practices: These two surgeries will not be vaccinating this group of patients. We will be making special arrangements for you to receive your vaccinations, and will be in touch very soon.
Also, there are other people with underlying health issues who are typically offered a flu vaccine each year. This group will not have received a letter from Welsh Government to indicate that they are shielding. They will receive their vaccinations in the spring, after the people who are vulnerable because of their age, or because they are shielding/CEV, have been vaccinated.
Our partners at Neath Port Talbot Council have put up extra directional signs on surrounding roads to make the centre easier to find. We have an extra car park attendant, now four in total, to improve the safety of patients walking from the car park to the entrance door.
Better organisation within the centre means queuing has been drastically reduced. In the event that people have to wait, large indoor seating areas have now been made available. However, we have designed the system to avoid any sort of queues where possible, encouraging people to wait in their cars until it is their turn.
We are also planning to resurface the walkway from the car park and improve lighting.
We’ve also had some great news from First Cymru Buses which is now running a free service for patients every 20 minutes between Bay D at Swansea Bus Station and the Bay Field Hospital between 8am and 8pm.
But please be aware there will be quite a long walk from the bus drop off and pick up point as the bus will be dropping off at the entrance to the main hospital and not outside the vaccination centre at the moment. We are looking at what we can do to get a closer drop off point and will update you shortly.
We have included before and after pictures of the Immbulance below. The top image shows a large vehicle, which is approximately six metres long by three metres wide, painted white with Mobile Library written on the side. The bottom image shows the same vehicle newly painted in a light blue colour with images of viruses and a syringe on the side along with the title Immbulance, Mobile Vaccination Unit.
That’s all for this week. Many thanks for reading. We’ll catch up again next week.