NEW APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
A letter from The Health Centre
NEXT FLU CLINIC - SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER
The flu clinic will be running from 08:30-11:30, this is a walk in service, no appointment is needed.
For aged 65+ the vaccine will be the Fluad vaccine and pregnant and other at risk NHS groups (people with medical conditions) we have a quadrivalent vaccine.
Please contact The Health Centre if you have any other questions.
FLU CLINIC UPDATE - SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER
Last weekend we held the first of our two Saturday morning flu clinics. We were overwhelmed by the turn out which unfortunately rather swamped the doctors and nurses, whose numbers this year were somewhat depleted, ironically due largely to sickness! This resulted in long queues, at one point snaking across to the precinct. We apologise for the long wait this year, and thank you for your patience. We remained open for an extra hour to accommodate the extra turnout, and vaccinated a total of 1218 patients, i.e. 10% of all our patients in just four and a half hours.
We also wish to apologise for the fact that the text message we sent to all our at risk patients on Friday did not include the times of the clinic, especially if you turned up after we closed the doors at 12:30. The numbers attending confirm the value of text messaging and we will be sending another reminder to patients before our next Saturday clinic.
Our next flu clinic is on Saturday 10th November, from 8:30am to 11:30am and we have already steps to ensure this runs more smoothly, keeping the wait for everyone to a minimum - so please do not be put off by the length of the queue on Saturday!
Unlike many practices we have been able to secure enough of all flu vaccines, including the FluAd vaccine for patients aged 65 and over. Unfortunately this vaccine requires the needle to be fitted to the syringe, thus slowing the whole vaccination process. By the end of the morning we had become quicker through practice!
We would like to offer a very big thank to members of our Patient Panel who gave up their Saturday morning to run the flu clinic alongside Health Centre staff. They provide valuable support to the vaccinating team and help us fast track frail and disabled patients to minimise their wait. In addition they raise valuable funds for the Health Centre through their excellent book and jigsaw sale. If you missed out on Saturday don’t forget to pop along on November 10th for more book bargains!
If you struggle to get to the Saturday morning clinics ask the Health Centre receptionists about the timing of catch up clinics. We ordered more flu vaccinations than ever this year, but please remember ‘when they are gone, they’re gone’ so please do not delay this year. We hope to have completed this year’s flu campaign by the end of November.
Flu vaccinations are free to anyone aged 65 or over, plus anyone under the age of 65 if they are in one of the at risk groups. Flu vaccinations are available for patients who are not eligible for a free NHS flu jab for just £10 at the practice.
Dr Stephen R Tate
STAFF TRAINING CLOSURE DAYS
Wednesday 6th February 2019 1pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 6th March 2019 1pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 1st May 2019 1pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 5th June 2019 1pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 4th September 2019 1pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 1pm - 18:30pm
Wednesday 6th November 2019 1pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 4th December 2019 1pm - 6:30pm