FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2020

We are pleased to announce arrangements for our Flu Clinics.

The first Flu clinic for patients aged 65 years or over will be on Saturday 26th September from 0930 to 1230. In order to keep our patients and staff safe, we will be observing strict social distancing procedures. Patients will enter the Surgery via the front entrance but will exit via the back door into the car park.  Please note that there are six steps to climb leading to the car park and patients booking for this clinic must be sure that they are able to climb these steps safely.  Patients who are unable to manage the steps should telephone reception on 01689 850012 and other arrangements will be made for them. Otherwise please book your appointment online where possible as you will find it simple and convenient. You need to be registered for online services to this. If you are not registered you can find out more information here. Alternatively you can ring the Medical Centre on 01689 850012. 

All patients will be expected to wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing this for medical reasons.

It would be very helpful to the smooth flow of patients if all patients attending for a flu appointment could ensure that they are wearing clothing that allows easy access to their upper arm or is easy to remove.

This clinic is strictly for Flu Vaccinations ONLY. Please do not ask the Nurse (or Doctor) about any other problem, medication query or to undertake any other check (such as Blood Pressure) as this will not be possible in this clinic.

A Flu Vaccination is recommended for all patients aged 65 and over, are living in a long stay residential care home, are a Main Carer for an elderly or disabled person or live with someone who is at high risk.

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It is also recommended for  Patients who are pregnant or under 65 years who have specific risk factors such as Asthma, Diabetes, COPD, Chronic Kidney Disease, Neurological problems or other conditions that impair your immune system. We will advise as necessary.  The vaccine for this group is different and we will not be receiving this until early October but will advise on this website as soon as it is available and when appointments can be booked. Such patients may be aware of their risks and been vaccinated in the past but we will be contacting them in due course.

Aged between 50 & 65 years?

Some patients have heard in the media that the Government intends to extend the flu vaccination programme to the over 50s (rather than over 65s or younger with certain risk factors). We are still awaiting confirmation about this from NHS England but have been told that such patients will not be vaccinated until all the over 65s have been done and that is likely to be December at the earliest. Please check our website for latest details.