Staying Well Autumn/Winter 2020

Important News – Flu Season

Flu Clinics 2020

In order to meet NHS guidelines and to manage the challenges of both social distancing and PPE requirements, our ‘flu clinics will be running with a different format this year.

The main change is that you will need to book an appointment. This will allow us to control the numbers of patients at the surgery at any one time.

Please note that we will send out an individual ‘invitation to book’ and only when you have received this will you be able to book. These will be sent out by letter or text. Booking can be done online or on the telephone by calling after 13:30.

To comply with social distancing and PPE requirements we will be extending the Saturday clinic times and will also have a number of daily appointments available each week. Dedicated clinics will be held on Saturdays 26th September, 10th October and 24th October at Greenhill and on Tuesday 29th September at Shenstone surgery.

All Flu clinics are strictly by appointment only.

If you are a disabled patient, require a carer to come with you, have mobility issues or it is your first vaccine, then please book a weekday appointment, once you have been invited.

You should only attend for a flu vaccine if you are well, otherwise please cancel your appointment and rebook when you are feeling better.

For Appointments Booked on Saturdays at Greenhill and at Shenstone on 29/9/20:

Please attend your pre booked appointment wearing a face covering/mask, arriving no more than 5 minutes before your booked time. Please note your appointment time may vary from that specified.

Limited parking will be available on the staff car park only at Greenhill. Please make your way on foot to the patient car park.

At both sites a supervised socially distanced queuing system will be in place. You will be invited into the building and escorted to the clinical room to be met by a clinician and a member of the patient services team.

Please wear clothing to allow for easy access to your upper arm.

Following your vaccination, you will need to stand on a marked spot outside the room and wait to be escorted to the exit at the rear of the building.

For further information about the influenza vaccine please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine

Only those that are eligible will be vaccinated. For more information, please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine

Pharmacies will continue to offer a vaccine service at a cost to those not eligible.

Please note that people in the 50 to 64 year old age group who are not in the ‘at risk’ category will not be vaccinated until November at the earliest, dependent on sufficient vaccine.

No appointments will be offered for this age group until then, to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Be Prepared for Winter

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still circulating within the population. You should continue to follow governments guidance to ensure you keep safe and well through the winter. Getting prepared will help support this:

  • Ensure you have a basic first aid kit to include over the counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
  • Have a thermometer available, and if possible a pulse oximeter as oxygen saturation levels are an important indicator of general health. These can be purchased from a chemist or online.
  • Stock up with basic non-perishable and frozen food, together with other essential household supplies.

Remember to always:

  • Wear a face covering/mask in public places as required.
  • Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep your distance from other people

If you have a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of sense of smell/taste then stay at home and follow the guidelines.

For more information on the COVid-19 guidelines, please visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus