Thomas Osborne, Library Manager, working with Rachel Rainford, Improvement Manager
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
The Trust’s transformation team were deployed to find an ideal location to host the Covid-19 vaccination of nearly 16,000 staff. They approached the library as they urgently needed a large space. The space needed to be large enough for people to be observed post vaccination as well as space and equipment for booking people into the clinic.
The library team were quick to respond to the request and showed great flexibility and understanding of the pace that the vaccination service needed setting up. The library team relocated to other office space to allow the vaccination staff to use their office and library desk. They used their uniquely adaptable skillset to organise the setup of the space to make it more appropriate for the vaccination clinic. As a team they went above and beyond as they also seconded one of their team members to work for the vaccination service. His role was vital in ensuring that all our vaccinators were fully trained alongside the smooth running of the hub.
After an unimaginably challenging year health and social care staff in the local area feel safer going to work in the knowledge that they are protecting themselves, their families and their patients.
The UHBW vaccination hubs were able to vaccinate around 16,000 health and social care staff from across the local region.
Without the provision of the library space and the workforce that was allocated from the library team this would not have been possible.