Walton Hospital becomes latest site to open for Covid-19 vaccinations.

Walton Hospital has become the latest site for people in Chesterfield to receive their Covid-19 vaccination, replacing the iconic Winding Wheel Theatre.

Vaccinations started at Walton Hospital, on Whitecotes Lane, from Monday, September 13, with patients able to attend from 12:30 to 17:30 for first or second doses. Further clinics will also be held on September 15 and September 18.

Patients can either just walk in for their vaccination, or book appointments by calling 119 or visiting the National Booking System. A dedicated local booking line will also be open from 9am on September 14: 01246 253 030. Patients without access to a vehicle can use public transport from Chesterfield Town Centre direct to Walton, including the X17, 39, 51, 2 and 2a buses. Detailed bus route information is available on the Stagecoach website.

The vaccinations will take place in the hospital’s Peter McCarthy Suite, which has been extensively repurposed to provide appropriate facilities for staff and patients.

The move to Walton Hospital continues the work done at the Winding Wheel Theatre, which now returns to its normal function. The clinic at Stubley Medical Centre, the first vaccination site to open in Derbyshire outside of a hospital hub, remains open.

Dr John Pryce, who is clinical lead for the new site, said it was another important moment for the vaccination programme in Chesterfield: “Walton Hospital is well known to local people and is an excellent venue for the vaccination clinic, so we hope to see lots of people taking the opportunity to get the vaccination.

“It is particularly important for those eligible to get both doses, and we are especially keen to vaccinate younger people who have not yet had their vaccination. It will help protect them and their families and help get us all back to a more normal way of life.”

“A lot of people here at Walton and from many different organisations have worked really hard to get the Peter McCarthy Suite ready to begin vaccinations, so it will be great to get started.”

Anyone who has a query about vaccinations should check the NHS Covid-19 vaccination website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or call 119 for advice.

Anyone who needs to cancel a booked appointment should use the booking system they used to make the original appointment. Walton Hospital staff cannot answer questions about the vaccination programme by telephone.

Details of all clinics across Derby and Derbyshire are available on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccination-walk-clinics-and-resources.