Two new COVID-19 vaccination centres open in Crawley and Eastbourne

Residents in Sussex can now receive their COVID-19 immunisations at two new vaccination centres, which have opened in Crawley and Eastbourne.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has today (1 February) opened the appointment only facilities at Crawley Hospital in West Green Drive and The Welcome Building in Compton Street, Eastbourne.

The services are by appointment only with vaccinations delivered by teams from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT).

Residents who are eligible for a vaccination, and who live within a 60 mile radius of one of vaccination centres, are being written to directly by the NHS and invited to book an appointment.

The new centres in Crawley and Eastbourne follow the opening of the Brighton Centre last week and are in addition to the local GP-led vaccination services that now cover all patients in Sussex, and select pharmacy-led services that are also available through the national booking system.  

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I’m delighted we are able to open both Crawley Hospital and The Welcome Building as vaccination centres today for residents across the whole of Sussex, and I want to pay tribute to all teams from SCFT who have been involved in making this happen.

“The opening of both these vaccination centres today follows the successful launch at the Brighton Centre last week, and is all part of making the COVID-19 vaccination as accessible as possible to the communities we serve.”

Vaccination centres are another part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, working alongside GP-led vaccination services, specific pharmacies and hospital hubs.

While GPs invite their patients to get vaccinated at their local vaccination service, appointments at the vaccination centres are made through the national booking service.

The national booking service writes to eligible people, living within 60 miles of a vaccination centre, inviting them to book an appointment at the centre online or over the phone. The letter contains all the details people will need to book their appointment.

Anyone receiving a letter from the national booking service can choose whether to book an appointment at the vaccination centre, or wait until they are contacted by their GP for an appointment at their local vaccination service if that would be more convenient.

There are more than 1,000 GP services and more than 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Donna Lamb, Chief Nurse at SCFT, said:

“We are so proud to be able to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Sussex.

“Our trained vaccinators, supported by amazing volunteers, are on hand to help patients who attend our centres and we look forward to vaccinating many more people in the coming weeks which will make a huge difference to the communities we serve.

“I would encourage anyone who is invited for a vaccination to take up the offer.”

Read more about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Sussex.