Our 2020 flu campaign is about to start and this year it will operate slightly differently to how we have run it in previous years.
To maintain social distancing, we are operating a fully booked vaccination programme. Also, we can’t have as many clinicians working at one time compared to before, so we will be holding a few Saturday Flu clinics for our patients as well as some appointments during the week.
Who is eligible?
65 and over (by 31st March 2020) and patients with long term health conditions.
Eligibility for the phase one of main flu campaign will, as in previous years be focussed on patients who are aged 65 years or over and those patients previously identified as “at risk” usually due to having a long term condition such as asthma or are a registered carer for another patient.
NHS England have confirmed that patients aged 50 – 64 with no pre-existing health condition will be vaccinated later in the year. This is likely to be some time in November for patients in this age group. At this time we have no further details and patients in this category should not contact the surgery or request a vaccination prior to this. We will update you when we have more details from NHS England.
Booking an Appointment
We are starting to send invitations out to our patients, so please check your phones for a text message from us or a letter in the post.
To book an appointment you can go online or using the SystmOne / NHS App Online appointment booking service as well as via telephone. If calling the surgery, please do not call before 10:00.
Coming to the surgery for your vaccination
Here are a couple of things you can do to help us when you come for your flu vaccination:
- Don’t turn up early. We can only allow small number of patients in the waiting rooms at any one time so that we can maintain social distancing. If you arrive early you may have to wait outside.
- Listen to any instructions. We will have our teams of staff and volunteers in the waiting area and working with clinicians to help direct you.
- Wear a face covering. It’s a requirement that we all wear face coverings so please make sure you don’t forget yours!
- Have your arm ready! We know it sounds obvious but please take your coat / jumper off ahead of your appointment. This will help us to make the process as efficient as possible and not hold up any patients who are due after you.
- Leave the building quickly. Once you’ve had your flu vaccination you’re all done and to help keep social distancing and help with the patients flow, please leave the building as directed by one of our colleagues