The old B&M store at St John’s Shopping Centre in Tithebarn Street, Preston city centre, is set to be converted for NHS use.Advertisement
Confirmation would not be given – when Blog Preston asked NHS bosses – as to whether this is going to be a mass Covid vaccination centre which has been promised to the city.
An NHs logo and branding recently appeared over the former retail outlet, close to the precinct’s Tithebarn Street entrance.
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If the site were to be a mass vaccination centre, it would join three other such facilities already operational in Lancashire – in Blackpool, Blackburn and Lancaster.
Jane Scattergood, Covid-19 vaccination director for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System said: “As the expansion of the Covid vaccination programme continues to gather pace, we are planning to open a large-scale site in Preston in the coming weeks.
“GPs, nurses, pharmacists, other staff, and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to get the site ready. As with other vaccination services, people should wait to be invited by the NHS.”
A new pharmacy run vaccination hub is due to open at the Preston Grasshoppers ground in Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood in early February and Royal Preston Hospital was one of the first hospital hubs in England to begin giving the vaccine.
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