Flu Clinics 2020/2021

Please do not call the practice for an appointment

This page will be updated as required – please refer to it in the first instance rather than telephoning the practice with queries.

The 2020/2021 flu vaccination programme will commence in October 2020. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic our clinics will be running differently due to the requirement to adhere to social distancing. This page on our website will be updated frequently and will provide you with the latest information on flu vaccination and we respectfully request that you refer to this rather than telephoning the Surgery.

When will the vaccination programme commence?

Vaccines are being delivered to practices in late September so our clinics will commence in October.

When will I find out when I will get my vaccination?

The surgery will send you a letter letting you know which date and time slot you have been allocated.

How does COVID-19 affect my flu vaccination?

The Surgery has to run our flu clinics differently this year due to the pandemic. In previous years we have been able to invite patients to book an appointment time and date of their choice. This year, we will be running dedicated flu clinics on specific days and patients will receive a letter inviting them to attend during a specific time slot. This so we can control the number of people attending the surgery at any one time and effectively operate social distancing. We would ask all patients to make every effort to attend at their scheduled time and not to request that it be re-scheduled unless this is absolutely necessary i.e. you have developed COVID symptoms and are required to self isolate.

Alternatively, patients can access flu vaccinations via their local pharmacy. This is also being run on an appointment based system and there will be a charge of £11.99.

How will the clinics be run?

There will be no routine appointments on a flu clinic day, we will operate an urgent only triage system.

We will be operating a one-way system within the building and more details of how this will work will be published soon.

Patients will be invited to attend at dedicated times. It is very important that patients comply with the following:

• Arrive on time- not early or late

• Wear a face covering (unless exempt)

• Arrive alone (unless you require assistance from a relative or carer)

• Bring your letter with you to the appointment- in order to get through patients as quickly as possible we will not be using PCs on the day. The information we require will be on your letter so it is vital that you have it with you.

• Fully fill in the form at the bottom of the letter. This is essential to making the process as quick as possible and run the clinic efficiently.

• Adhere to social distancing at all times.

• Only those patients in receipt of a letter will be vaccinated- do not bring partners, friends etc if they have not received a letter as they will not be vaccinated.

• You will only receive your flu vaccine on the day. No other health issues will be discussed and there will be no opportunity to request prescriptions or any other advice from clinicians.

• Wearing the right clothes can save you a lot of time and effort at the surgery. Please wear loose fitting clothing which is easy remove, to roll up the sleeves or is short sleeved.

DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS. If you have a persistent cough, fever and/or loss of/change in taste or smell. Please phone the practice to re-schedule your appointment.

Car Parking at the surgery

Please note there is parking available on site but spaces are limited. Please consider walking to surgery if you live close by or using public transport.

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