Covid-19 vaccinations to be given in Crowborough next week


Update: Saxonbury House Medical Group is the designated Covid-19 vaccination centre for the area (for all patients belonging to the seven GP surgeries listed below).

Vaccinations will start at Saxonbury House Surgery on Croft Road on Saturday (16th January). They will be starting with people aged over 80, before moving onto other priority groups. They will be running 4 or 5 clinics simultaneously.

AstraZeneca Oxford University Covid-19 Vaccine

The surgery have said they will telephone patients with their appointment time and to explain the vaccination process. As part of that conversation they will ask some questions to collect some additional information.

Parking will be at the Croft Road car park behind Waitrose (see map). They are advising people to allow enough time to walk down to the surgery.

They are telling people not to arrive more than 5 minutes before the appointment time, as queuing will be outside in the surgery’s car park to ensure space for social distancing.

They can only schedule appointments when they have vaccine delivery dates, and will contact patients as soon as they can.

Please do not contact your GP, Saxonbury House or other NHS services to ask for the vaccine; you will be invited to receive it when it is your turn.

Our local Clinical Commissioning Group have put together this animation to help people understand the process:

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions FAQs, see Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Sussex.

Saxonbury House in Crowborough will start to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine from next week.

Crowborough is one of nine GP-led vaccination services going live during the week commencing 11th January, in addition to the 15 existing sites listed on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

GP practices are working together in teams. In the Crowborough group are:

  • Ashdown Forest Health Centre
  • Beacon Surgery
  • Wadhurst Medical Group
  • Groombridge and Hartfield Medical Group
  • Rotherfield Surgery
  • Saxonbury House Surgery
  • Woodhill Surgery

The Government’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has said that vaccines should first be given to residents and staff in care homes for older people, people aged over 80, and health and care workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.

Please do not contact your GP or other NHS service to ask for the vaccine; you will be invited to receive it when it is your turn.

For more information see Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Sussex.

Beware of Vaccination Scams

Scammers have already sought to piggy-back on the Covid-19 vaccination programme and people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages. So please be alert and vigilant.

People are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine – doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. Callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:

The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or a scam, you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.



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  1. The Saxonbury House car park is very tricky for elderly people. There is only one disabled parking space and not many others and the whole car park is on a slope. Most over 80s will need to come by car and there is nowhere nearby to park or drop-off. This site is not the best choice for the initial rollout of the vaccine to the over 80s.

  2. This is no use to older people who cannot walk far (or cross roads easily). It is also no longer possible for people on foot to access the Waitrose car park from street level via the lift in Waitrose as their only street-level doorway is now exit only, so their disabled parking bays now serve the store only and no longer the surrounding shops. The elderly are one of the first groups in the community to be offered the vaccine and most will need to be driven to the door.

  3. This venue isn’t going to work, older people simply won’t be able to get there. They are going to have to find a site more appropriate for the first rollout of the vaccine for the over 80s.

  4. I have no means of getting to the vaccination centre in Crowborough as I don’t drive – unless I get a friend/family member to take me. WHY can’t the local surgeries offer them now that at least one of the vaccines can be kept in a fridge for up to a month. It ridiculous that many of us can’t get there and that it’s ‘the nearest’ to where you live. My local surgery is a five minute walk, Crowborough (on TWO buses) is at least 10 miles! Give the village surgeries the vaccines so more of us can get it.

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