Spalding hospital to open county's first-ever drive-through HPV vaccination centre on Friday
Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital is to host the first ever drive-through centre for vaccinations against certain types of cancer in the county this week.
Appointments for HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccinations on Friday, June 10, are now being taken by the hospital where up to 50 children aged 12-13 will be treated.
The drive-through vaccination centre will be open from 10am on an appointments only basis so that youngsters can be protected from a number of life-threatening conditions, including cervical, mouth, neck and throat cancers.
Tina Bramley, head of clinical services for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, said: "We are very pleased to be able to welcome parents and children to our first ever appointments only, drive-through HPV vaccination centre in Lincolnshire.
"We have had a positive reaction from parents we have spoken to about our approach and welcome their support for the HPV vaccination.
"It will ensure that their children are protected against some very serious cancers in the future."
The HPV vaccine, which is also used to protect against lumps on the skin known as warts, is given in two separate doses.
Firstly, it is given when a child is in Year 8 and then repeated 12 months later in Year 9, with both doses having to be taken in order to provide
According to NHS England, there are more than 100 different types of HPV and about 40 of them affect the genital area.
For the first time, the HPV vaccine is also being given to boys and girls in Year 8 at school, as well as Year 9, to help prevent more cases of HPV related-cancers.
Ms Bramley said: "We will be able to confirm the additional drive-through centre locations soon and will be in touch with parents who have given their consent for the HPV vaccination to make an appointment to attend
"However, there is still time for parents who have not yet given consent for their child to have the HPV vaccination.
"Parents should check the letter that was sent to them last month and then complete the online form, or if parents require any additional information, they can contact our team on 01522 572950."