Fairfax Group Practice

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Flu Vaccination 2020

 

In light of the risk of flu and COVID-19 circulating this winter, the national flu immunisation programme is absolutely essential to protecting vulnerable people.  We are now well into flu vaccination season and so far have had a good uptake.  However, if you are in one of the groups mentioned below, it is not too late to book in for your vaccination and we would encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

In addition, from the 1st December we are also able to offer the flu vaccination to anyone aged between 50 and 64 years, even if there are no underlying conditions.  Please follow the instructions below to book your appointment.

All clinics are strictly by appointment only

The easiest way to book your appointment is to go online or use the NHS App and select an available slot.  You can do this if you are already registered for online services.  If you are not already registered, then it is quick and easy to do so at https://www.patient-services.co.uk/login.  Alternatively, please contact the surgery by phone to book your appointment.

Please follow these instructions when attending for your flu vaccine:

  • Attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising or bringing a child for vaccination.
  • Do not arrive early or late for your appointment time: we have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that people are queueing for the minimum of time and social distancing is maintained.
  • Please wear a face covering.
  • We encourage you not to touch anything in the practice. There is hand sanitiser available but you may wish to bring your own.
  • Please follow the instructions for queuing. The queue will be controlled to ensure social distancing.
  • If it is raining on the day, please come prepared with an umbrella as the queue will be outside for a short period of time.
  • There will be no chairs available to sit while waiting and you will not be able to sit whilst having the vaccination (for infection control). If you think you will struggle with this, please speak to one of the staff on arrival.
  • Wear clothing which makes it easy to expose your upper arm to prevent delays and maintain dignity as the vaccine will be given in a communal room with other staff members and patient around.
  • Do not attend if you or any members of your household have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been told to isolate. Contact us the following week and we will rebook you when you are able to leave isolation.
  • This clinic is purely for flu vaccination. There will not be the opportunity to discuss any other problems whilst here.  A separate appointment should be requested via AskMyGP if  you need to discuss anything else with a doctor or nurse.
  • Please heed the instructions of the staff who are supervising the patient flow – they are there for your safety.
  • It would be helpful if you could advise the practice of your ethnicity status when booking your flu vaccination for monitoring purposes and as advised by NHS England

If you cannot attend the appointment time you have been given, please call us as soon as possible so that we can reallocate you. This may mean we cannot vaccinate you until later in the season.

For patients who do not wish to have the vaccine

If you do not wish to receive the flu vaccination, please also let us know asap so that we can record this on your medical record and will not send further invitations at the present time.  However, we cannot stress highly enough the importance of having the flu vaccination both to protect yourself and others.  If you do opt out but then change your mind, we will of course arrange this for you, although we cannot guarantee we will still have supplies.

Thank you.

Fairfax Group Practice