Flu Clinics during Covid-19

We will be managing our flu clinics slightly differently this year given the Covid-19 situation. Please see below for details of eligibility, how to book your appointment, and details of what to expect when you arrive for your appointment.

If you are booked into a flu clinic it is important that you familiarise yourself with the on-the-day arrangements before arriving for your appointment.

Eligibility

You can have the vaccine in our first round of clinics if you:

  • are 65 years old or over (on 31st March 2021, ie you were born on or before 31st March 1956)
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter

Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be available for free to 50-64-year-olds

See the NHS website for full details of who should have the flu vaccine: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

Booking your appointment - available from Mon 28th Sept for over 65s and from Mon 5th October for under 65s

If you fall into one of the eligible categories above, you will be able to book your appointment online via the NHS app or patient access, or by calling the practice on our designated flu appointment mobile, this number will be provided in the invitation letters that will be sent out in the next coming weeks.

Please be aware we will be running flu clinics in which we will operate a one way system. Entry will be at the back of the building (by the car park) and you will exit through the front on to Chapel Lane. Details of times will be sent via letter. 

We will try to operate this efficiently as possible to minimise waiting times but please come prepared.

 

Appointment arrangements

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff we will require you to follow the following instructions:

  • On the day of the appointment if have any of the following symptoms you must not come to the practice, you must call the following week to rearrange:
    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
  • If you live locally and are mobile please come on foot
  • Arrive at the time of your appointment, please do not arrive early
  • You must wear a face covering at all times
  • You may need to queue outside so please be prepared to stand in the cold or rain
  • When you enter the building you will need to remove your outer layers so that the top of your arm is exposed ready for your injection
  • You will asked to queue at a safe distance from other patients
  • You will be called to the next available clinician, regardless of who you are booked in with

We will try to operate this efficiently as possible to minimise waiting times but please come prepared.