Tyre-giant Michelin has donated some of its facilities to the NHS as part of the covid-19 vaccination efforts.
The company – whose UK headquarters is in Stoke-on-Trent – has handed over the Michelin Athletic Club, which is located near to its Campbell Road factory, for use as a community vaccination centre.
It has now been transformed into a dedicated facility, boasting two clinics, a doctor’s office and staff room, capable of supporting thousands of patients a month.
Three car parks adjacent to the building have also been provided by Michelin, to ensure patients can easily reach the venue.
The centre is one of six developed by Stoke-on-Trent South West Primary Healthcare Trust for use by local medical practices to deliver the vaccine in the community.
Karen Riley, organisational lead for the Primary Care Network Covid-19 Vaccination Programme for Stoke-on-Trent South West, said: “The club is an excellent venue for us to deliver the vaccination programme for the city.
“The support from the Michelin staff has been amazing and it is very generous of the company to donate this facility to the NHS.”
This is the second time the Michelin Athletic Club has been used to support the Covid-19 effort.
In the summer, Michelin set up a temporary manufacturing centre at the site, where it produced thousands of protective face masks to help keep colleagues, customers and the community safe in the pandemic.
The move enabled Michelin to donate more than 13,000 face masks within the local area.
Lee Machin, general manager at the Michelin Athletic Club, said: “Safety is our number one priority and people from different parts of Michelin UK have worked together in the pandemic to support our community.
“Seeing the vaccination centre being set up here is hugely rewarding. It has been deployed so quickly and professionally and we are delighted to be supporting it.
“Members of the club have also expressed how pleased they are to see the facility being used for such an important task in the community.”