Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visits St George’s vaccine clinic and CMDU
Wednesday 22 December was a special day for St George’s University Hospital, as our Trust was visited by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Dr Richard Jennings, Chief Medical Officer, and Robert Bleasdale, Chief Nursing Officer, gave the Secretary of State a tour around our new Covid-19 Medicines Delivery Unit (CMDU) and vaccine clinic.
Dr Carolyn Johnston, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Anaesthetist, introduced the Secretary of State to the CMDU team, as well as particularly vulnerable patients being treated with a new Covid-19 treatment – one patient was even suitably dressed in a Santa outfit!
The CMDU, which became operational last week, treats immunosuppressed Covid-19 patients with Sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody infusion, or Molnupiravir, an anti-viral Covid-19 pill. These treatments are available to eligible patients who are contacted via our CMDU team directly. It is estimated that nationwide we will be able to help 1.3m people through using these new treatments.
The Secretary of State then visited our vaccine clinic, where he was introduced to Arezou Rezvani, Consultant Midwife and Lead for our Covid-19 Vaccination Hub, and the vaccine team. The vaccine clinic at St George’s have been open since the launch of the vaccine last year, and the team are currently vaccinating roughly 1000 people a day. The team said they are pleased with how many bookings they’re getting from both members of the public and staff, but they want to see more people coming forward.
Thank you to all the teams involved in today’s visit, and for everyone at St George’s for continuing to contribute to excellent care during these challenging times.
Book your Covid-19 vaccines
Covid-19 vaccines and booster jabs are our best form of protection against the virus, so please do get booked in whether you’re at the beginning of your vaccine journey, or at the stage of booking your booster jab. The clinic has expanded its opening hours to help get as many people protected as possible in the coming weeks.
They will be open:
- 7 days a week
- 12 hours a day (8am – 8pm)
- Open over the festive period on Christmas Eve, and 27 – 30th December (reduced hours)
You can book your first, second or third booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at St George’s vaccine clinic using the NHS National Booking System.