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Dorset HealthCare is running the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination centre based in the Purbeck Hall at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). When it is your turn to be vaccinated you will receive a letter inviting you to book. Please do not come to the centre without an appointment - it's really important that we vaccinate those most at risk first.
Before you leave home and again before you leave your car or are dropped off, make sure you have your booking confirmation with you - this may be a letter, an email or a note you have made of the booking reference. This will speed up check-in when you arrive. Check also that you have a mask or face covering with you as you will need to wear this at all times in the vaccination centre (unless you are exempt). If you forget your mask we will provide one.
If you have a carer or require support to help you get around the site, you may bring one person with you. You may bring a support dog but pet dogs must stay at home. Please do not bring children with you. Do not arrive for your appointment more than 10 minutes before the time you have been given. If you are early please wait in your car or somewhere sheltered nearby. There is a limited amount of indoor queueing space and you will not be able to enter early. Please allow around an hour in total when dropping off and then collecting someone after their appointment - there are chairs for them to rest in the vaccination hall until their lift arrives.
The main entrance to the BIC is closed so there is no access to the vaccination centre from there. You will need to walk around the side of the building to the Purbeck Hall entrance. If you have or are supporting someone with mobility issues you can drop off and pick up outside the Purbeck Hall entrance, accessible via Beacon Road. See more information about getting to the centre below. We are running a golf buggy shuttle service from the car park to the vaccination centre entrance for those with mobility issues.
Volunteer marshals will be available outside and inside the centre to support you. There is a strict entrance and exit flow at the centre - please follow the signs and the directions of the marshals.
If you have any symptoms which could indicate COVID-19 please DO NOT attend - you can rebook your appointment. When you enter you will be asked to gel your hands and you will join the queue before being checked in. We look forward to welcoming you at the centre. Thank you for protecting yourself and others.
The address for the BIC is:
Bournemouth International Centre
From The Bournemouth West Roundabout:
Take the first exit and follow the brown signs to the BIC. The BIC multi-storey car park is off the roundabout at the bottom of Priory Road.
From the north and west:
Head for the A31 / A338 junction (Ashley Heath) just outside Ringwood, taking the A338 (Wessex Way) to Bournemouth. Then follow the directions from the Bournemouth West Roundabout.
Bournemouth Rail Station is approximately 1.5 miles from the BIC. Trains in and out of Bournemouth are run by South Western Railway and CrossCountry.
The two bus companies in Bournemouth are Morebus and Yellow Buses. The buses that serve the BIC are Morebus 13 and Yellow Buses 4a and 33.
The nearest bus stand for the BIC is stand HH (Bournemouth Pier) which is on the same road.
There is a taxi rank outside the main front entrance of the building. Taxis will also be able to drop off outside the Purbeck Hall entrance at the bottom of Beacon Road. There is strictly no waiting here.
The BIC is a five-minute walk from Bournemouth Pier and a 10-minute walk from Bournemouth centre. If you approach the Purbeck Hall from the Bournemouth Pier direction, walking along the clifftop, you will see the centre on your right.
There is an area to lock your bicycle to the left of the front of the building as you stand outside it.
The multi storey car park at the BIC has 644 spaces and is a cashless public car park so you can only pay by card and not cash. It is open 24 hours a day and located immediately adjacent to the main building. Payment is required when you leave rather than when you arrive. Information about parking fees is available on the BIC website. To access the vaccination centre you will need to walk around the side of the building to the Purbeck Hall entrance.
Dedicated free disabled parking for the vaccination centre is available just off the roundabout ouside the Purbeck Hall entrance (bottom of Beacon Road). On producing a disabled badge you will be given access by a marshal.
In addition, the BIC has 37 accessible parking spaces located on levels 1 to 3 of the car park (including three overlength spaces on Level 1). Parking charges apply. Please note - there is no access to the vaccination centre through the main foyer of the BIC.
The nearest council-run car parks to the BIC are:
You can drop off and pick up someone who has a vaccination booking at the drop-off and pick-up point at the Purbeck Hall entrance (accessible from Beacon Road). Taxis can also drop off and pick up here but there is no taxi rank. You can also use the car drop-off point in front of the BIC main entrance (please note - you will need to walk up the hill around the side of the building from here). Vehicles should not wait or park in either of these drop-off areas.
Protection to COVID-19 from the vaccine takes two to three three weeks to kick in. It is very important that you return for your second dose once called and continue to stay at home, social distance, wash your hands and wear a face mask in public places.