One of the most successful vaccination centres in the country will close tomorrow, after being open for six months and giving out more than 100,000 doses.

The vaccination centre at Chineham's Hampshire Court Hotel will give its final doses on Sunday, June 13.

The site is run by North Hampshire's GP surgeries, which will move its operation to nearby Jameson House, where residents will now be invited to have their first or second doses.

The GP in charge of the site, Dr Tim Cooper, has paid tribute to all the staff and volunteers involved since the site opened last December.

"It is the best example of how we have worked together as a community to protect each other," he said.

"I just hope that this stays the plan for how health works with the community going forward.

"If I look back to that time in December, we were understandably nervous, we were about to hit the second big wave of Covid and we were able to fight back.

"It wouldn't have been possible without the operations team that sits behind it. The amount of work behind it, we have an amazing operations manager that leads the team."

The operations manager, used to organising expeditions, brings a "skillset that we have not always had in general practice", according to Dr Cooper.

The two GP-run vaccination sites are made up of both clinicians and volunteers.

It is manned by staff from the region's GP surgeries - who are also working in surgeries providing primary care services as usual - as well as volunteers and retired healthcare professionals.

Among those that have been particularly noted by patients are the marshals at the front of the building, who are all volunteers and have been directing traffic in and out of the car park rain or shine.

"Those guys really are the unsung heroes," Dr Cooper continued.

"Most of us in health expect to be in this space because it is our job. They are giving up their time to do it.

"This has been the best community project we have done. I hope this sets us up working together in the long run."

The centre opened in December 2020 as care home residents and the over 80s became the first to receive a Covid vaccination.

Alongside Jameson House, which opened a month ago, the centres have administered more than 145,000 doses, and reached a daily record of 2,178 doses on June 3.

They are comfortably running around that figure five days a week, and it has paid off, with the centres now inviting all adults in the region to book their first dose.

It has also come in for praise from the health secretary, Matt Hancock, as one of the best-performing in the country.

Dr Cooper went on to thank the management and staff at the hotel itself for their assistance, and allowing them to use the space.

"It is a huge credit to the team at the Hampshire Court Hotel," he told The Gazette.

"They have been here from the very beginning. They have helped us turn a ballroom into a vaccination room.

"We could not have achieved what we have done without their team.

"A huge thank you to all of their staff for everything they have done."