One year on

  • 11 January 2022

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To mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre, the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has produced a publication capturing memories and reflections from people who set up, worked at, and were vaccinated at the Centre.

Through a combination of quotes, feedback and photographs, the digital publication explores themes of friendship, diversity and teamwork. Volunteers and staff share their thoughts on leadership, communications and logistics, as well as capturing lessons learned to pass on to future teams involved in similar work. People also selected items they would put into an Ashton Gate time capsule with offerings ranging from their hi-vis jacket to sachets of hot chocolate and ‘a box of tissues for tears’.

Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre opened its doors to people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) on Monday 11 January 2021. It took just three days for teams from across our healthcare system to transform the stadium concourse into a large-scale vaccination centre with the help of the military. Over the next seven months, 1,107 staff and volunteers worked together to give 235,048 Covid-19 vaccinations before the centre moved to UWE Bristol in August 2021.

Anne Morris, Chief Nurse for the BNSSG Vaccination Programme, said:

It meant so much to all of us to be part of the vaccination programme, playing our part to help as many people as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. We all felt like we were making a difference, and indeed we were. This has been the most uplifting and positive experience of my nursing career.

Thank you to our friends at the West of England Academic Health Science Network for helping us to document these experiences and to each and every one of the 1,107 members of the Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre team. Your contributions have been extraordinary, and I feel very proud of all we have achieved together.

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