Duke of Cambridge hears how care home residents cry with joy on getting Covid vaccine
Dr Lauren Dixon, a GP from Cumbria, told William about the happy scenes she had witnessed and how care home residents saw the vaccine as their “ticket” to see family again after months apart. The Duke spoke to NHS workers across the four nations to learn about the programme to inoculate millions of the elderly and vulnerable. During a break from vaccinating residents Dr Dixon, from the Bridgegate Medical Centre in Barrow-in-Furness, spoke of her surprise at being chosen to speak to the duke on Thursday via telephone.
She said: “I was just completely shocked, really nervous and he was just lovely and just really kind and grateful and saying a really big thank you to everybody that’s in our area that have really pulled together to make the vaccination effort go as well as it has.He asked how the rollout had gone, he asked what it was like going into the care homes and how did they receive us arriving with the vaccine.” Dr Dixon’s practice is one of ten that form the Barrow and Millom Primary Care Network that has completed inoculations for all its patients aged over 75 and 80 and care home residents, after beginning vaccinations in mid-December.
She added: “The care homes have had an absolutely awful time, they’ve really been through the mill over the last year. “Some of their staff have just gone above and beyond for their residence, stayed all weekend sometimes because that’s what they’ve needed to do.
“So, I think for us as soon as we had the opportunity to get out to the care homes we felt really excited. And then when we got there, you know the residents were just so happy.” The married mother-of-two who lives in her hometown of Barrow-in-Furness added: “They’ve been seeing their relatives maybe on videos, if they’re lucky, and sometimes through the window.
But they all were just kind of like ‘this is our ticket to being able to see our family again’. “So we had tears, they were clapping each other when they got the vaccines and it was just a real privilege actually to be able to support them with that.”
Dr Dixon in her role as GP Executive Lead – Integrated Care for NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group has also been supporting the vaccination programme across the Morecombe Bay area.
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