You will all be aware that one of the major suppliers of flu vaccines announced at the beginning of September that there will be a delay to their deliveries planned for this year. Unfortunately we are affected by this situation and we have had to put our planned clinic dates on hold. We have been advised that we will now only receive notification of delivery dates one week in advance. We are also being advised not to plan any clinics until delivery has actually been made in order guarantee stock will be on site – pending further delivery issues. This situation is far from ideal but we are unable to change it and must plan accordingly. As a result, this means our clinics will have to be planned at short notice. As soon as we have information to share we will put a notification on our website and posters at the front door so please keep checking for updates.
In the meantime, we are able to share the following general information with you:
Due to Covid-19 restrictions that remain in place all clinics will be by appoinment only. Please wear a face mask and do not turn up on the day without an appointment.
Please be aware that the car park will be closed during flu clinics as we will be using this space to operate a social distanced queueing system. Staff will be on hand to advise you when you may enter the building and to direct you once you are inside.
This year, the following people are entitled to flu vaccination. Please do not book an appointment unless you fall into one of these categories:
- All children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021 *** See info below
- people aged 50 years or over (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022)
- those aged from six months to less than 50 years of age, in a clinical risk group:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation on most days over the winter and, therefore, for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities i.e. patients in residential, nursing and learning disability care homes
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care or nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patinets or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
- health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients or clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza
- health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users***All children aged two and 3 years old on 31st August 2021 will be offered vaccination at the surgery. We will write to invite these patients in due course. All school-aged children – Reception Year to Year 11 will be offered vaccination through a school age immunisation service.
Please be kind to our staff
Staff at our practice are working extremely hard and doing their best to make sure patients are safe.
Over the last 18 months, the practice has been supporting the pandemic response and ensuring our patients are able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, at the same time as continuing to deliver primary care services.
This has made our GP practice very busy and our staff have been working incredibly hard to keep services open for patients.
We’re aware patients may have experienced longer wait times on the phone or for their appointment, but we have been working hard to ensure you receive the right treatment from the right person at the right time.
We have increased the number of telephone and online appointments available, so our patients don’t always have to come to the practice. We also employ a range of highly trained staff, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and healthcare assistants who are able to deal with a range of medical conditions, which will help patients get treated sooner.
Whether your appointment is over the telephone, via an online video consultation, or face-to-face, patients will always receive the same high quality standard of care from our practice team.
So please, if you contact our practice, be kind.
Thank you for your patience and support.
Covid-19 Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds
Children who are between 12-15 years old and who are now eligible to have their COVID-19 vaccination are currently being asked to wait to hear from the NHS. You can find out more about who is eligible for the vaccine, including some 12-15 year olds, here.