Tupwood Gate Nursing Home, part of Cygnet Health Care, has become one of the first nursing homes in East Surrey to vaccinate all its residents against COVID-19.
Residents at the Caterham home were vaccinated on Thursday, 7 January, after Tupwood Gate’s Matron Sue Stepney and Deputy Matron Paula Deadman signed up to join the Alliance for Better Care vaccination team, which is delivering the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme across East Surrey and Mid-Sussex.
Sue and Paula completed a course in both the Pfizer and Astra-Zeneca vaccines and have been delivering the vaccine to members of the public across East Surrey since before Christmas, putting in shifts at vaccination centres in the local area. Sue has been working at the Canon Centre and both have carried out vaccinations at Westway in Caterham, with Sue now having delivered over 1,000 vaccinations.
Sue said: “It means the world to give time to something so worthwhile. The vaccination programme will hopefully lead to the end of lockdown, save lives and bring a return to normality.
“I hope that I have also helped people to understand the virus more and the importance of the steps we all still need to take together to get through this pandemic.”
Sarah Billiald, CEO of First Community Health and Care, thanked Sue on Twitter and one local GP described her as a “true gem”, praising her “professionalism and friendliness.”