Signs have appeared directing patients to a Covid-19 vaccination centre that is expected to open soon at Concord Medical Centre on Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke.
The site forms part of the latest ‘wave’ of GP-led vaccination centres being set up across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. Practices have been working together in groups called ‘primary care networks’ (PCNs) to provide the vaccine.
The first wave of the initiative, which began in mid-December 2020, saw four vaccination sites established – at Kingswood Health Centre, Greenway Community Centre (Southmead), Pudding Pie Lane Surgery (Langford) and Riverbank Medical Centre (Weston-super-Mare).
Due to a limited early supply of the vaccine, the Wave 1 sites were selected on the basis of geography, the number of over-80s in the local population and operational readiness.
Waves 2 & 3 followed with 12 PCNs providing the vaccine at a further 13 sites, including Downend and Yate.
Concord Medical Centre GP Dr Simon Bradley revealed that the Little Stoke surgery had been identified as “the ‘designated site’ for Covid vaccination in our area” in a Facebook post on 3rd December 2020.
The Journal understands that the car park of Little Stoke Social Club, which lies behind the surgery and is accessed via a lane off Braydon Avenue, will be used as an overflow car park whilst the vaccination centre is operational.
Appointments and prioritisation
Patients are asked not to contact their GP about the vaccine. The NHS will contact you and invite you to book an appointment when it’s your turn.
The first four categories in the priority order, determined following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, are as follows:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- All those 75 years of age and over
- All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
More information:, including common questions and answers: COVID-19: Mass vaccination (Healthier Together | Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care System)
The plans to establish a vaccination site at Concord Medical Centre, including the use of the car park of the adjoining Little Stoke Social Club, were shared with Stoke Gifford parish councillors last November. The draft minutes of a planning committee meeting on 24th November 2020 record that councillors expressed concern over the potential for a “vast increase in traffic along Braydon Avenue”. It was agreed to ask South Gloucestershire Council to “ensure access/egress to the site will be factored into the plans ensuring local residents aren’t impacted on in any way”.
Update: First patients invited
Added Tuesday 6th January 2021.
News item on the Bradley Stoke Surgery website:
“We are pleased to announce the start of Covid vaccinations to our patients on 7th & 8th January 2021, beginning with our over 80-year olds, at Concorde Medical Centre. The surgery will contact patients to book a single appointment only. There is no need to call the Surgery.”
“If you have not been contacted, do not worry, we know who you are. We will be waiting for confirmation of further vaccine deliveries that are controlled by Public Health England.”
Update: Nearly 3,000 patients vaccinated
Added Sunday 17th January 2020.
The first vaccinations at Concord Medical Centre were duly carried out on Thursday 7th January 2021.
The following post appeared on the Facebook page of Concord Medical Centre on 14th January 2021:
In the last week, The Stokes Primary Care Network has vaccinated nearly 3,000 patients.
Concord Medical Centre has vaccinated all of our patients over the age of 80. We are expecting another delivery in a few weeks and we will then start to contact our patients age 75 and over.
You may receive a letter from the National Vaccination Centre inviting you to book an appointment at the vaccination hub at Ashton Gate. Concord Medical Centre is a local vaccination site for patients in this area.
If you wish to have an appointment at Ashton Gate you can of course try to book there but we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that your COVID-19 vaccine should be available locally in the Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford area. We will contact you to book your appointment. You do not need to call us.
Dr Simon Bradley
The Stokes Primary Care Network
Editor’s note: The Stokes Primary Care Network consists of the following GP practices: Bradley Stoke, Concord, Coniston, Conygre and Stoke Gifford.