Islington Mayor says ‘thanks’ to staff and volunteers at Hanley Primary Care Centre

Patients and staff at Hanley Primary Care Centre received a boost yesterday as Islington Mayor Cllr Janet Burgess paid them a visit to thank them for their amazing efforts in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The Mayor was guided on a tour around the centre by Dr John McGrath from the Governing Body of North Central London CCG and Orla O’Neill who is the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme Service Manager from the Islington GP Federation.

Islington Mayor Cllr Janet Burgess, who had both of her vaccines at the centre, received insights into the programme from the vaccinators and the many support staff who were present on the day to meet her.

The programme relies on local volunteers to assist with its daily activities. Julia Davenport, who volunteers and was on shift during the visit, spoke with The Mayor about her experience working on programme. Julia said she would really encourage others to come forward and volunteer, stating, “It’s a good opportunity to meet new people and you really feel like you’re helping the community.”

Speaking after the visit, The Mayor said, “My thanks to the staff and volunteers for taking time out of their busy schedule to explain how things work behind the scenes. 

It was evident that everyone involved in the vaccination project is delighted to be making such a difference. From full time NHS staff to volunteers, this is a project that is working brilliantly and saving lives.”

Orla O’Neill, COVID-19 Vaccine Programme Service Manager from the Islington GP Federation, said, “It was great to have a visit from The Mayor today. Everyone at the centre is working really hard to support the local community to get their COVID-19 vaccines so to have our efforts acknowledged by The Mayor like this is a real boost.”