Thousands of people across County Durham who are unable to leave
their homes, are receiving their Covid-19 vaccination thanks to the
district nursing teams from County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust. Malcolm Walker, associate director
operations for community services, said, "Not everyone is able to
attend one of the vaccination centres set up across the
County. We've worked with GP practices - and Durham County
Council as part of the County Durham Care Partnership - to ensure
people in the top priority groups, as identified by the national
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), are able to
have their vaccine as quickly as possible, in the safety and
comfort of their own home.
"Our district nursing teams are based in local community hubs
and, as such, already know and are involved in caring for many of
the people now being vaccinated. Most are in high risk age
categories and many have been limiting their contact with loved
ones for almost a year. Having the vaccine will help protect
them and is an emotional experience for many. Older patients
remember a time before national vaccination programmes and are
incredibly appreciative and grateful. It's humbling for our
staff but rewarding to be involved in something so positive.
"So far, we've vaccinated over 3,500 people in their homes."
Mary Days from Pelton, Chester le Street, received her
vaccination, at home, in mid-January. Her daughter, Maureen
Lockie, said, "Mam hasn't been able to leave home for some time now
and the district nurses are coming regularly to replace dressings
on her leg. We were so pleased when they arranged for someone
to come and vaccinate her at home. She's 88 and not in great
health, so knowing she's one of the first to be vaccinated is a
huge relief - and a privilege. The district nurses look after
her really well - it was reassuring to know it would be their team
giving the vaccine."
Mary Burnip, 96, also received her vaccine at home, in Ouston,
Chester le Street. Her daughter, Mrs Pam McDonald, said, "Mam
is a mother of three and has nine grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. We've all been worried about her.
Hopefully, having the vaccine will be the first step towards her
being able to see them. The district nurses and doctors who
visit mam are very professional and we're grateful to them for all
their support. We feel very lucky they're able to visit to
vaccinate mam at home - and not just once, but twice - we'll have
the second dose in April."
Published: 17 February 2021
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital