Flu Services

Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year.

This year there are three vaccines, one for the over 65s, one for the under 65s and one for children. We have been asked to prioritise those patients who are most at risk.

Flu 2020

This year we have to factor in social distancing into our flu vaccination schedule and so we are introducing new systems to keep everyone safe.

 

Everyone eligible needs to pre-book from September onwards

We will be holding some Saturday flu clinics and other appointments are available during the week too.

Please arrive at your specific appointment time and follow the signs and staff members instructions. If you arrive late for your appointment you may be asked to rebook.

There will be a one way system in place please follow the directions from staff and signs.

Anyone arriving for the flu clinic needs to be appropriately dressed to enable an efficient service. You will need your chosen arm ready for ease of access.

All patients need to wear a face covering or mask.

There is a possibility the dates may change due to delivery of stock. We will be in contact with you if anything changes.

 

How to book

If you are eligible:

Contact us to book your flu vaccination.

Book via our online services Patient Access or NHS app. Make sure you are booking the correct clinic.

 

If you are aged 50-64

Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to vaccine delivery later in the year.

This allows us (GP’s and community pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.

 

How to decline

If you don’t want a flu vaccine at all please let us know. This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand.

 

Home visits are available - for medically housebound patients only

We shall continue to offer essential home visits for very frail patients to have their flu vaccinations at home and for those living in care homes.

Home visits are more risky for the staff and patients so wherever possible patients should attend the surgery.

Home visit slots are very limited and so are strictly reserved only for those who physically couldn’t get into a car to attend an appointment with help from a friend, family or a taxi.

 

Children will be contacted with an appointment slot

Child aged 2 and 3. If you can’t make the appointment given please contact us.

If your child is eligible to have a vaccination at school, but not otherwise in another at risk group, they should have their vaccine at school, not at the Doctors surgery.