Flu update for adult flu clinics – 18th September
Please note that if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at-risk group the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. This is a national decision and GP practices will be told when we can offer the vaccine to this age range and how we can access the vaccine (as a practice we ordered vaccine for our over 65 years old patients and those under 65 but with a long-term condition this time last year – all the remaining vaccine supply has been purchased by the NHS and they will control release to practices). No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. The only exception to this is anyone who lives in the same household as a ‘shielding’ patient. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.
If you are aged 65+ or under 65 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination you will be invited earlier.
Clinical at risk groups:
- A heart proble
- A chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
- A kidney disease
- Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
- Liver disease
- Had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- A neurological condition eg. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
- A learning disability
- A problem with your spleen eg. sickle cell disease or you have had your spleen removed
- Are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)
- If you receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
First phase of initial clinic dates for ADULTS ONLY are:
- Princes Risborough Surgery, Wednesday 30th September 1pm til 5pm
- Brill Surgery, Saturday 3rd October 08.30 – 12.30pm
- Thame Health Centre, Sunday 4th October 08.30 – 12.30pm
- Princes Risborough Surgery, Wednesday 7th October 1pm til 5pm
- Chinnor Surgery, Saturday 10th October 08.30 – 12.30pm
We will be running our flu clinics to ensure that we follow current COVID guidelines so they will be a little different to how they have been run in previous years:
- All patients will need to book an appointment slot; you cannot just ‘drop-in’ to a clinic this year. Slots nominally have a named clinician (since this is the only way the appointment system can work) but this is not necessarily the person who will be vaccinating you; the slots are shared with all the clinicians working at the flu clinic and you will see the next person who is free rather than someone specific.
- Please don’t bring extra people with you (unless you need a carer).
- We will hold clinics at Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Thame and Brill and will have a one-way system with patients entering by one door and exiting through another. We have been looking for a suitable, larger venue so this may change for future clinics.
- We will operate a queuing system for patients both inside and outside the building to ensure social distancing.
- We ask that patients arrive within +/- 5 minutes of their given appointment time as we have limited queueing space within our buildings
- Whilst you are in the queue we will ask you some questions about your health and also check your temperature
- Please be prepared to wait outside, and bring a coat or umbrella depending on the weather.
- All our sites have limited car parking available; please walk or use public transport if you can, or park in local roads or streets.
- Patients will move forward using the queuing spots until they reach their turn with one of our clinical team for their vaccinations. Please use this time to remove your coat, and any additional outer garments so that your arm is available for vaccination. If you can wear a short sleeved top under your coat that will be really helpful.
- The person giving you your vaccine will be wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This will be an apron, a mask and a visor. In line with latest national guidance for vaccination clinics they won’t be wearing gloves but will sanitise their hands in between patients. They will also have to wipe down any chair or surfaces that have been in contact with patients. To ensure we can vaccinate as many patients as possible we are therefore asking that all patients stand for their vaccine where possible; please let us know if you do need a chair.
- Once you have had your vaccination one of our volunteers will show you the exit. If you feel faint or unwell at all, please let them know.