Flu Vaccination Season - 2020-2021

FLU SEASON 20/21 Updated 1st Oct 2020 - click Read More

Our first stock of vaccine arrived with us in early September and was very rapidly utilised by our at risk patients and those aged 65 plus. We have received more vaccines for the at risk under 65s patients and are actively contacting them by various methods including text; email; telephone calls etc.  If you have not yet received your vaccine and are within this cohort of patients please call the surgery to book your appointment or email us for an appointment at nehccg.richmondsurgery@nhs.net   Our phone lines are extremely busy so you may find it easier to email us.  We are expecting our next vaccine delivery for those aged 65 and over by 9th October.  Again, please contact us if you have not booked your appointment.

Due to COVID-19 we are running fixed vaccination clinics, pre-booked appointments only, both Mon to Fri afternoons and Saturdays. These will be slower due to COVID-19, social distancing and infection control.  Please arrive only at your pre-booked appointment time and following the instructions of our staff and the one way system.  If you are attending surgery for any other pre-booked appointment outside of the flu vaccine clinics you can receive your flu vaccine at the same time, but do please advise the GP or Nurse that you have a scheduled appointment so that this may be cancelled and offered to another patient.

If you are vulnerable, have shielded and are concerned about attending, please speak to our reception team who can advise on an appropriate alternative or advise this in your email as we have arranged Shielding Flu Vaccine Clinics.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please speak to us or email us nehccg.richmondsurgery@nhs.net and we can confirm.  Please note eligible criterias have changed over the years so if in doubt, do please ask us to check.

NEW COHORT: Aged 50-64 none at risk. Public Health England have advised that this cohort may only be vaccinated once we have repeatedly contacted all our eligible patients and then, only if we have sufficient vaccine stock available. This is Government guidelines and is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  It is anticipated generally that this may not be until November, but Richmond Surgery were able to start vaccinating our eligible patients from early September and have been campaigning repeatedly for eligible patients to contact us, or confirm they do not wish to receive the vaccine.   We therefore anticipate being able to offer some of the new cohort vaccine towards the end of October.  Please note this will always remain subject to eligible stock levels. The Government are working with manufacturers to increase available supplies.

PLEASE SEE OUR SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER.... click here 
Our October Newsletter is being prepared.
 


 

Minor Illness Clinic

COVID-19:  Some of our clinics/services are affected due to COVID-19.  Please speak to our reception team for more information.

The Minor Illness Clinic is available with our qualified minor illness Practice Nurse.  Appointments are available both on the day and 48 hours to book ahead and are often more readily available than with a GP if your ailment fits the criteria of a minor illness. If you have been unable to resolve your issue with over the counter remedies/advice from your local Pharmacist then request to see the Minor Illness Nurse. Please help us reserve GP appointments for serious issues and non minor illnesses.

The Minor Illness Clinic is available for:

  • Persistent Coughs/Colds, sore throats & tonsillitis
  • Persistent Conjunctivitis, Earaches
  • PersistentDiarrhoea, vomiting, stomach upsets
  • Minor injuries, cuts, sprains, backaches
  • All Infections
  • This clinic is NOT for any routine nurse appointments. If you are unsure, please check with our reception team first to avoid a wasted journey/appointment.

 

 

Diabetic Clinic

Our Diabetic Clinics are available weekly with our trained diabetic Practice Nurses. All aspects of your diabetes will be discussed and reviewed with a Nurse and you may also be referred to a Dietician at the Hospital for advice on diet.  An appointment is required.

Leaflet: Monitoring your blood sugar

Leaflet: Healthy Eating and Diabetes

Leaflet: Diabetes and footcare

 

Asthma Checks

Please speak with our reception team to book an asthma appointment with  our Asthma Practice Nurse.  Advice and a full range of appropriate treatment is provided. 

 

Antenatal Clinic

Midwives are available to provide advice on all aspects of pregnancy. They contribute to the antenatal clinic and have a statutory duty to visit every new mother after the birth.

From 20th February 2017 the midwifery team will be hosting their antenatal clinics from Fleet Hospital.  There is no need to make an appointment with your GP.  Once you reach 8 weeks, simply make an appointment to see the midwife at the above clinics. Our reception team can advise and provide you with details regarding booking information that you arrange directly with the midwifery team. We do not have access to their appointment diaries.

 

Childhood Immunisation Clinic

Immunisation Clinics are currently available twice a week with a Nurse. The clinics can occasionally change to fit in with demand and work schedules. Please speak with our reception team to book an appointment.

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis/Polio
  • HIB (protects against one of the commonest forms of meningitis)
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate (protects against meningitis,septcaemia, pneumonia and ear infections)
  • Rotavirus (protects against gastronenteritis) and is an oral vaccine

Because of immunisation, diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio are rare but if caught they can be crippling or even fatal.  Risks from vaccination have been exaggerated and are very small, but if you have concerns please discuss with your Doctor.