The Golborne Parkside Sports and Community Club has been in use as a coronavirus vaccination clinic for the past six months.
The LIGA Primary Care Network, which covers GP practices in Ashton, Golborne and Lowton, and the NHS Wigan Borough CCG have had almost exclusive use of the facilities, so people living nearby can easily access the jab.
They organized 48 vaccination clinics, with about 8,500 hours of time for vaccinators and the same for volunteers. About 25,000 jabs were provided.
But the clinic is now closing its doors so that the center can once again be used for sports and community activities.
Instead, staff and volunteers will provide the LIGA vaccination clinic at Leigh Leisure Center, which is another well established clinical site.
Dr Sunil Kumar, GP at Slag Lane Medical Center and Clinical Director of LIGA Primary Care Network, said: “I cannot thank Parkside enough for all the support they have given us. Their staff, in particular, have played an important role in the team, working with us in the clinics to ensure that residents have the best possible experience when they come to get vaccinated. I am sad to be leaving Parkside, but I have no doubts that we will provide the same great service to
Carolyn Kennedy, President of the Golborne Parkside Sports and Community Club, said: “It has been a tremendous privilege for this longtime community asset to support our NHS services during these difficult times. Staff, Board and Sections are accountable for the support provided by the NHS. Our club simply wouldn’t be there, open, without the collaborative work.
“As we move out of the next steps of Covid-19, whatever they may be, we hope our community will support us and ensure that we are not victimized, as so many of our local businesses and clubs have done, of the harsh reality of financial problems.
“As a board of directors, we are focused on the long term sustainability of the Golborne Parkside Sports and Community Club and are hosting a number of events, including our unmatched and much anticipated disco bingo nights on July 9-10. . We are also open and take reservations for functions and events, as well as for companies. Our sections are also making a comeback with sporting and social events, including our rugby and bowling sections. “
Dr Tim Dalton, GP and Chairman of the NHS Wigan Borough CCG, said: “Thanks to Golborne Parkside for everything they have done over the past six months. The clinic there has been a huge asset, and now we’re on the home stretch with the vaccination schedule and the restrictions starting to ease, it’s a good time for them to reclaim their facilities so that they can again benefit the local community in different ways. . “
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