Volunteers at the heart of the Sutton COVID-19 vaccinations effort at Nonsuch Mansion

Sutton’s top GPs have today thanked staff and volunteers at Nonsuch Mansion COVID-19 Vaccination Centre as it closes its doors after protecting tens of thousands of local people from the virus.

The vaccination centre opened on 15 December 2020, with staff from GP Practices, Sutton’s community services and NHS Sutton working together to deliver 27,000 Pfizer vaccinations to local people, with a further 41,000 AstraZeneca vaccinations prepared at Nonsuch and delivered at sites across the borough including care homes, GP Practices and in the homes of housebound residents.

The vaccination service at Nonsuch was supported by two hundred volunteers. Coordinated by the Volunteer Centre Sutton, the volunteers helped support people visiting the vaccine site. They made sure people maintained social distancing and that infection control measures were adhered to at all times, with minimal waiting time outside or inside the building, helping to ensure that everybody has their vaccination safely.

Vaccinations will continue to be delivered from the Community Vaccination Centre in the St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton and from Sutton’s GP surgeries with plans for local pop up clinics in May. 

Dr Dino Pardhanani, local GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Sutton said:  “COVID-19 vaccines are safe, simple and effective, providing us with the most effective way of bringing COVID-19 under control. We are delighted that over 96,000(1) Sutton residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine and the centre at Nonsuch Mansion has been at the heart of helping us achieve this. I would like to thank everyone involved for making our vaccine programme such a success.”

Dr Michael Pambos, local GP and the Accountable Officer for Sutton’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme said:  “We are very proud to have been responsible for almost 68,000 vaccines for Sutton residents through our vaccine centre in Nonsuch Mansion.  The commitment of our staff from our local GP Practice teams, NHS Sutton, Sutton’s Community Services and, of course, our Sutton volunteers has been exceptional. Their hard work over the past four months will have saved many lives and will make an enormous difference to helping us all get back to a more normal life.”

Anita Maullin, Chief Executive of the Volunteer Centre Sutton said:  “We have been delighted to support the vaccination programme at Nonsuch Mansion. From the early days of freezing weather, snow and heavy rain through to the beautiful spring day when we finally closed the doors at Nonsuch, the volunteers have done an outstanding job looking after local residents when they visited the centre. I am very proud of what we have achieved.”  


Notes to editors

Background

  • Sutton’s GP Practices alongside the NHS Sutton primary care transformation team and Sutton Health and Care community services worked as a single, blended team to rapidly mobilise a local vaccination service for Sutton’s residents at Nonsuch Mansion in Cheam.
  • The oldest person vaccinated at Nonsuch was 98 years of age and the most vaccinations delivered on one day was 507 in January.
  • (1)https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/
  • Nonsuch Mansion was established as a Sutton vaccination centre for Phase 1 of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme in December 2020 for the four months to April 2021. It has been vacated by the NHS and handed back to the venue’s owners. It is expected that it will reopen in the Summer as a venue for events such as weddings. For more information on Nonsuch Mansion visit:  www.nonsuchmansion.com