Firstly we would like to thank you all for your co-operation and support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The practice is gradually getting used to a new way of working, having now introduced further infection control measures in order to keep our patients and staff safe and ensure service provision.
Flu is an unpredictable virus that can be unpleasant, but if you’re otherwise healthy it’ll usually clear up on its own in about a week.
It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
Flu season runs from September to March and the practice will be holding flu clinics throughout this time to make sure all of our at-risk patients are protected.
It is important to get vaccinated as early as possible to ensure you are protected as vaccine supply is limited.
You are eligible for a flu vaccine if you are:
- Aged 65 or over
- Clinically at risk (Including asthma, diabetes, COPD, immunosuppression)
- A carer
- A healthcare worker
- Living with someone who is shielding
PLEASE NOTE: If you are 50 to 64 years old and not clinically at risk, you will not be invited for a flu vaccine until all at-risk patients have been vaccinated. (Subject to sufficient flu vaccine supply)
Please visit the following link for further information on the flu vaccine and who is eligible: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
Please phone the surgery on 0208 573 2037 to arrange an appointment at a suitable time. We will also be running Saturday clinics if you are unavailable during the week.
In light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic we have had to change the way we run our flu clinics this year in order to adhere with social distancing and tighter infection control measures.
When you arrive at the practice, please queue behind any patients who are already here. This queue will run from the practice front parking space towards the second main door.
Patients will be called in one at a time, to the allocated room where the practice nurse will administer your flu jab. You will then leave out of the back parking gate. Please be aware that patients will be arriving for other types of appointments – it is important that you maintain a 2 metre distance between yourselves and others at all times.
- Make sure you are wearing a mask or face covering at all times
- Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible
- Please queue behind other patients maintaining a 2 metre distance
- Please wear a loose garment e.g. a t-shirt and have your arm ready so that we can work as quickly and efficiently as possible
- Please do not pass others at the gate. Wait for the other person to pass before leaving.