We have now switched off the mobile telephones so any further appointments for flu vaccinations can be booked through either Patient Access or the regular reception lines.
How we will operate this year:
As you will all be aware, this year’s flu campaign will be more complex than usual. We expect a higher than normal uptake whilst maintaining ‘strict’ social distancing measures.
Our plan may have to be adapted as we receive more details from NHS England. It would be very much appreciated if you avoided contacting us with specific questions at this time as the surgery is extremely busy dealing with patients with ongoing medical matters. This page will be updated regularly as we receive additional information.
Please see below our plan as of 19th October 2020 which is subject to change at short notice. We will not be offering drop-in clinics this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
All eligible patients have now been sent their invitation to book their appointment. If you usually have the flu vaccination and have not received an invitation either via text or in letter form please call the surgery to seek advice.
We still have appointments available for over 65 patients - we will be holding 'appointment only' clinics for the whole week commencing 19th October at The Methodist Church Hall, behind the Methodist Church on Elbow Lane; These appointments can still be booked by calling reception on 01704 878661.
If you are not able to attend during that week WE NOW HAVE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE TO BOOK IN SURGERY FROM THE WEEK AFTER THE METHODIST CHURCH CLINIC
Patients aged 18 to 64 at Risk (i.e. with a Chronic Health Condition or are eligible for a vaccine such as carers/ pregnant women).
Appointments are now available to book in the surgery from 26th October. These can be booked by calling the mobile numbers above at the times stated.
The surgery will are offering nasal spray vaccines to children aged 2-3 years and those who with long term health conditions in the age group 3-18 years. All other children will be offered the vaccine in school. Invites for those who are eligible have now been sent. We please ask that both yourself and your child wears a mask for this appointment.
Please click this link for answers to any questions that you may have and information around why it is important to make sure your child has the flu vaccine.
Patients aged 50 to 64 (without a Chronic Health Condition)
We have still not received any guidance on when vaccinations will be offered to the 50-64 age group. Please continue to check this page as any updates will be posted here.
We must ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu / are a carer / are pregnant, you can book your flu appointment now.
How will the clinics run?
DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU (OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD) HAS CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS – GET A TEST. INFORMATION REGARDING THIS CAN BE FOUND HERE.
For the week commencing 19th October only we will be holding the flu clinic at The Methodist Church Hall, behind the Methodist Church on Elbow Lane.
Please DO NOT just turn up to the church hall, his could cause mass gatherings which must be avoided. Further clinics are now available to book in the surgery if you can't make the week of the Methodist Church clinic.
Signs will direct patients down one pathway and into the hall. Here, you will give your name and date of birth to a member of the Village Surgery team, who will ensure you are booked to arrive at that time. Please ensure that you arrive AT your booked appointment time: DO NOT arrive early or late as you will be turned away and asked to re-book. You will then be directed to the next available member of the nursing team who will give you your vaccination and indicate the exit which you need to leave by. This will be a different door from the one which you arrived through.
There will be hand sanitiser stations available throughout the building.
We reserve the right to take your temperature (and ask screening questions) if we have any concerns that you are showing visible symptoms of Coronavirus prior to allowing access to the building. If you do have a high temperature o are showing signs of Coronavirus we will ask you to go home & re-book your appointment for another time.
All patients MUST wear a face covering before entering the building.
Vehicles will not be allowed into the Methodist church hall car park due to the high risk of injuring another patient waiting. Please make alternative arrangements. There is a facility to be dropped off at the front of the church, however we strongly recommend you only use this option if strictly necessary to avoid congestion in the road. Anyone who may struggle with this arrangement should let us know when booking on the mobile number. We may be able to offer alternative clinics.
Please wear suitable clothing to stay dry and warm as you may not be able to come inside the hall until it is safe to be vaccinated. Once inside the hall, it would be beneficial to be able to easily remove outer layers so we can access your upper arm easily.
Once vaccinated, please vacate the premises immediately to allow other patients to attend.
Anyone unable to attend the Methodist Church clinics can book appointments at the surgery.
Finally, please be kind to our staff and other patients. We are working extremely hard to help you get vaccinated whilst keeping you safe.