Flu Vaccination Season - 2019/20

Our Sat morning Flu Clinics: 21st Sept 2019   is ONLY for those patients aged 65+.  The 12 Oct 2019 is open to all eligible patients and will be: 1st half for patients under 65s in an at risk category then 1015 onwards is for over 65s patients.  Read more for details...

Help us, so we can help you.......

We have repeatedly notified as many patients as possible by the usual methods of text; email; website; newsletter and internally at the surgery to book their flu vaccine.  If you have not yet had this, do please call the surgery and book your appointment. We still have a good stock of both flu vaccines.

The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us. GP surgeries run like businesses and in order to survive, the flu vaccine programme helps generate income by meeting NHS England targets. If that money goes elsewhere, surgeries struggle to survive and can no longer offer the service. When we vaccinate you against flu we also obtain vital data that is necessary for your medical record and care. If you choose to go elsewhere for your vaccine such as a pharmacy or supermarket, we cannot gather this information, and they do not gather this for us, so please book in here. We work fast and are practised in vaccinating you, informing you of updates required and gathering data so this does not take long. This saves all of us a lot of additional work and crucially, also saves on valuable appointments.

We will also advise you at the same time if you are eligible to be vaccinated against shingles, and/or pneumonia and can offer to do this at the same time.

And finally, we also check if you are overdue a review for areas such as your blood pressure, medication, asthma, diabetes etc.

If you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, please book your vaccine at the surgery and help us gather your data and ensure your health is up to date all in one appointment. Have your flu vaccine in an environment that you know, with clinicians and staff you know and where we have your FULL medical records immediately to hand.

Mythbusters:

· We have not asked ANY pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf or gather vital medical updates. We do prefer to do this ourselves please.

· You are NOT doing us a favour, or saving us time by having your flu vaccine somewhere else.

· The pharmacies and supermarkets are NOT doing us a favour by giving you the vaccine.

· Pharmacies and supermarkets do not have access to your FULL medical record/history or know you as well as we do.

Important: please read this article in full before you book an appointment.

An appointment is required for ALL clinics.  We do not offer a walk in clinic.  For our Saturday clinics, you will be given a 5 minute vaccine window time with several other patients as we have up to 6 staff vaccinating at the same time who can vaccinate 12-15 patients within these time frames. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE YOUR ALLOTED TIME.  We often find patients ignore their appointment time and arrive early because of shopping, a day out or because another family member had an earlier appointment. This causes delays and confusion whilst our teams try to find your name in our clinical appointment system of 500-600 other appointments.  If you do arrive early, you may be asked to take a seat in our waiting room until your appointment time.

The Saturday morning clinics are very fast moving clinics. Patients arrive, walk straight through preferably with their arm ready with no need to close doors and undress, are vaccinated and leave.  We do not deal with any general queries during Saturday flu clinics, but we will take the opportunity to check your blood pressure, remind you of any other routine tests or medication, health reviews you are due or even outstanding. 

Reminders are issued to those eligible for the free vaccine by way of the very successful text message system and email system notifications.  We do not issue postal letters to eligible patients due to high numbers and the costs implications involved. Therefore if you are an eligible patient, or are a carer for an eligible patient, we recommend you provide us with either a mobile number or email address.  You do not have to wait until you receive a reminder to book your appointment, if you know you qualify.  However please be aware that you will be asked by our reception team to briefly state why you are eligible.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE:

The following are eligible for flu vaccination:

All patients aged 65 and over are automatically eligible for the free flu vaccine. 

At Risk Categories: Patients aged from 6 months to 64 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:

· chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis

· chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

· chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five

· chronic liver disease

· chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability

· diabetes

· splenic dysfunction or asplenia

· a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment  (such as cancer treatment)

· morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)

· All pregnant women 

· Frontline Health & Social Workers

CHILDREN VACCINESThe child nasal flu vaccine is not available this year to GP Surgeries from Public Health until mid Oct. We will update asap regarding this.

· all those aged two and three (but not four years or older) on 31 August 2019.

· all children in reception and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Children aged 4 years BEFORE or on 31st August 2019 are vaccinated as part of the school vaccine program.  WE ARE NOT CONTRACTED TO VACCINATE THESE CHILDREN and therefore not funded to vaccinate. The school vaccine programme is responsible for notifying parents of school clinic dates, plus any catch up clinics. We do not have this information. Please do NOT miss these vaccine dates.  We are unable to help if you do. Any child aged 4 years in any AT RISK category above can be vaccinated at surgery as we are contracted and funded to vaccinate at risk patients.

Minor Illness Clinic

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.