Eastbourne vaccination service celebrates milestone and move to phase three

Vaccination services move from the former Mothercare store to Sovereign Harbour Community Centre from Sunday 19 September.

Vaccination appointments and walk-ins, for those eligible, will continue at the former Mothercare store until 3pm on Saturday 18 September.

From Sunday 19 September, the team at Sovereign Harbour Community Centre, The Crumbles, Pevensey Bay Road, Eastbourne BN23 6JH will take on the appointments that had been booked for the former Mothercare store.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the teams from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) who, alongside our local GP practices, have been working tirelessly since 1 February 2021 to deliver the Covid vaccine to local people.

Firstly at the Welcome Building and then at the former Mothercare store in Lottbridge Drove, SCFT teams have given over 90,000 doses to people from Eastbourne and the local area, which is a remarkable achievement.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I want to thank our incredible teams and volunteers for all they have done over the last eight months. It’s been a privilege to deliver more than 90,000 vaccinations from our two sites in the town. The people of Eastbourne, as well as those who travelled to us to receive their immunisations over this period, have shown us such phenomenal support.”

As we enter the next phase of the vaccination programme SCFT is now handing over to local GPs, who will continue to provide vaccinations in the town. A good choice of locations is being retained in and around the town where people can receive their vaccines, and boosters for those who require them, as well as helping GPs to plan alongside their flu vaccination clinics.

The service, run by South Downs Health and Care GP Federation, will also be open for walk in vaccinations for everyone aged 16 and above, with no appointment needed.

People who have appointments booked for the former Mothercare store on or after Sunday 19 September are being contacted by text message, email and phone to let them know about the change of venue for their appointment.

They will initially receive a text message from the National Booking System to cancel their appointment, which will be followed up by a phone call, email or text message from the local team to rearrange at the new site. Free parking is available at the Sovereign Harbour Community Centre for people attending their appointments, and there are good public transport links.

For anyone who is yet to have their vaccination, you can book an appointment at one of the services in Eastbourne, or at other sites in Sussex, via the National Booking Service either online or by calling 119. See the latest list of walk-in sessions where no appointment is needed.