Today we are putting the spotlight on Lynda Stockwell, Clinical and Operational Lead for the Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA), Boston Mass Vaccination Centre.
The site at the PRSA is one of two Mass Vaccination Centres in Lincolnshire, and amply shows the NHS working together for the benefit of the county. The vaccination programme has been developed and is run by NHS Lincolnshire CCG, and the PRSA service is provided by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.
In addition, Lynda works for Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, and the pharmacists overseeing the safety of the vaccinations are from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust. This countywide effort across the NHS has been supported by the many volunteers, from partners such as Age UK Lincolnshire, and the numerous others who provide their time to help run the services across the Lincolnshire vaccination sites.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, publically recognised the work being delivered at the Princess Royal Sports Arena (PRSA), Boston, during the Coronavirus Downing Street Briefing broadcast on Wednesday 28 April 2021.
In particular he name checked Lynda Stockwell and her team at PRSA as great examples of the dedicated teams across the country delivering this programme. He remarked that they were doing a brilliant job and in the future will look back and recognise what a difference they have personally made to the lives of those they have vaccinated.
Lynda Stockwell, Clinical and Operational Lead, PRSA said: “To say I was surprised when I heard my name mentioned in the briefing is an understatement. Across the whole of Lincolnshire we have been at the forefront of the vaccinations delivery from day one and without the whole county-wide team behind this we could not have achieved what we have. It was a very proud and humbling moment for us all.
“It is always a pleasure when Professor Van-Tam, who grew up in Boston, joins our team to help out with vaccinations and there are many of our patients who are taken aback when they realise who will be administering their vaccination to them”.
The roll out of the largest vaccination programme ever undertaken by the NHS would not have been possible without the co-operation of many other agencies and partner. Our GP practices and Primary Care Networks have provided vaccination services to their registered patients in local communities, and the staff at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust have provided hospital hub services to ensure we were able to vaccinate our health and social care workforce efficiently.
This has truly been a collective effort across health, social and voluntary agencies across Lincolnshire. We would like to thank all of those who have come forwards for their vaccination for their patience and understanding as we rolled out this programme.