Flu vaccinations -  Updates & Information

Thank you to everyone who has rung or emailed with such positive feedback following the flu clinic on Saturday 3rd October. Moving the clinic out to Ludlow racecourse was a big decision but keeping you all safe is our main priority, and we are pleased that we have been able to provide socially-distanced vaccinations to so many people despite the awful weather! We are very grateful to the Racecourse for allowing us to use their facilities.

"I would like to pass on my thanks for the efficient way the flu jabs were handled this year. The organisation was great. Indoors, but with so many doors open it felt really safe. I had been quite apprehensive about going, as I consider myself in the 'very cautious' group. Just wanted to say thank you to all concerned."

Flu Vaccination Update: 23rd November 2020

UPDATE ON FLU VACCINE:  ALL 50-64 YEAR OLD PATIENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FLU VACCINE THIS YEAR AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENTS EXPANDED FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME. We now have confirmed supplies from the government in order to offer you the free NHS Flu vaccine this year. By receiving your flu vaccination you are helping the NHS to prepare for a challenging winter and helping to protect as many people as possible from flu.  With the risk of COVID this year also, it is more important than ever to get protected.

We are opening the practice on Saturday 5th December from 8.00am in order to offer vaccinations too as many of our patients as we can, following all social distancing measures to keep patients and staff as safe as possible. Please contact the surgery on 01584 872461 as soon as possible to secure your appointment.

When you arrive for your appointment please wear loose clothing as the clinician will need access to your upper left arm.  Do not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus or have been asked to self- isolate.  Contact us and we will make other arrangements for you.

Update: 8th October 2020

If you are eligible for a flu vaccination this year and have not yet had one, please have a look at the attached document which explains exactly who is eligible and what is currently happening with vaccine supplies. Click here: Flu eligibility and supply information document

Update: 1st October 2020

The first flu clinic for patients aged over 65 years takes place on Saturday at Ludlow Racecourse. This is fully booked and we want to reassure patients that we are following the latest Public Health England Guidance with regards to PPE, in order to keep staff and patients as safe as possible.

"In some clinical outpatient settings, such as vaccination/injection clinics, where contact with individuals is minimal, the need for single use PPE items for each encounter, for example gloves and aprons, is not necessary. Gloves and aprons are recommended when there is (anticipated) exposure to blood/body fluids or non-intact skin. Staff administering vaccinations/injections must apply hand gel between patients and wear a sessional mask".

All staff will have their temperature checked before the clinic starts. Clinical staff will be wearing scrubs, a face mask and they will be sanitizing their hands in-between each patient. Non-clinical staff will be in workwear, they will be wearing face masks/visors, and will be sanitizing their hands regularly.

Letters have now been sent to under-65s and to children who are eligible for a flu vaccination at the surgery.

Update: 21st September 2020

We have been delighted with the response to our flu vaccination clinics for the over-65s, which are being held at Ludlow Racecourse on Saturday 3rd and 10th October. Both dates are now fully booked.

The Racecourse venue means we are able to safely socially distance whilst being undercover in case of bad weather (and with ample parking) for the huge number of patients that we need to vaccinate... In one day we will vaccinate around 900 people!

We are aware that a small number of people are unable to get to the racecourse, and we are keeping a list of those people so that we can advise them of alternative arrangements.

Letters will be sent out this week for the under-65s who are eligible for a flu vaccination.

 

Update: 8th September 2020

As announced below, this year's flu clinics will be different to previous years. This is due to the social distancing measures that are in place, and to protect our staff and patients.

Due to the manufacturing and delivery of vaccines, we will not be able to vaccinate all "at risk" groups at the same time.

On Saturday 3rd October and Saturday 10th October we will be holding clinics at Ludlow Racecourse to vaccinate patients aged 65 years and over. The clinics will run by appointment only.

Letters are being sent out to the eligible patients this week & next week. The letter will contain further information about the clinic, including how to book your appointment.

Please note that wherever possible you should attend these clinic, as unfortunately we will be unable to run additional clinics at the surgery this year. 

Please do not call the surgery to book your appointment until you have received your letter. Further information with regards to the other "at risk" groups will be advertised in due course.

 

Information: 6th August 2020

On 24th July, the Government announced an expansion to the flu vaccination programme. 
This year a free NHS flu vaccine will be offered to the following patients:

  • All those aged 65years or over
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is the main household carer for an elderly or disabled person.
  • All children aged 2&3 years (not at school)
  • All children aged 3-10 years
  • All those aged 6months and older who have one or more of the following medical conditions:
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Chronic Heart Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Chronic Neurological Condition
  • Diabetes
  • A weakened immune system, either due to a medical condition or treatment.
  • Close contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider
  • Those who are on the shielded list and members of the household.

The Government aim to further extend the vaccine programme in November and December to include the 50-64 year old age group subject to vaccine supply.

Practices will need to prioritise certain groups of patients to receive the vaccine at the earliest possible opportunity.  More information on these groups of patients will be shared as soon as possible.

Due to social distancing measures that are in place, and to protect our patients and staff, this year’s clinics will be different from previous years. More information on this will be shared over the coming weeks. 

We will be contacting the priority groups primarily by text message and email so please ensure we have up-to-date contact details for you. 

We would kindly ask that you do not contact the practice with regards to flu vaccines until you have been individually invited to book an appointment for vaccination.

Published: Aug 6, 2020