Councillor Claire Young, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council’s Liberal Democrat Opposition, has written to the local health bosses after residents in and around Yate expressed concern over the distance they were being asked to travel for Covid-19 vaccines.
Councillor Young wrote to Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, together with the local Director of Public Health, the Public Health Team and the Abbotswood Surgery raising these concerns.
Explaining the situation, Councillor Young said:
“Some residents have received letters from NHS England which have made them think they will have to travel to the newly-opened vaccination centre at Ashton Gate – this is not correct. People who are on the priority list for vaccination and have received a letter may travel to the national centre, but they will also be contacted by their GP inviting them to go for a vaccination more locally.”
However, in the Yate area there is another issue: residents registered with the Abbotswood Surgery are being asked to travel to Downend for their vaccination. Green Valleys Heath, which runs it, temporarily closed the Yate surgery 10 months ago and is directing patients to their Downend surgery instead.
Commenting, Councillor Young added:
“It is unacceptable that elderly and vulnerable people from Yate are being asked to travel to Downend to get their Covid vaccine.
“Most people are being offered vaccines locally and it should not be impossible to arrange a system whereby everyone registered with a GP in Yate can get their vaccines in Yate.”
- Abbotswood Surgery, together with Leap Valley Surgery formed Leap Valley Health until 2017 when they merged with Emersons Green Medical Centre to form Green Valley Health.
- Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 the Abbotswood Surgery has been “temporarily” closed and patients have had to travel to the Beaufort Road Surgery in Downend.