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Flu Clinics 2020

We hope you are all keeping well and managing during these uncertain times.

This year we have had to carefully plan our flu vaccination clinics to take into account your safety and social distancing guidance. It is very important we offer all eligible patients the chance to have their flu vaccination during what maybe a very challenging flu season. As a consequence we have explore all options on how to best deliver this and this newsletter aims to clearly explain how you can have your flu vaccination.

Annual Saturday flu clinic

We are not able to hold the Saturday flu clinics at the practice because social distancing will not be achievable due to the limited space and numbers of patients attending. Therefore we will be holding our main flu clinic at King’s Academy School in Binfield on Saturday 17th October for all eligible adults over 18 years of age ONLY.

The school hall will be used as this provides us with ample space to keep you safe and there are plenty of free parking spaces. For those who are unsure of where this it, it is the new school where the Blue Mountain golf course used to be. The address is St. George’s Park, Binfield, RG42 4FS. The school allows for a one way system in and out and there will be staff available to help marshal this.

Instructions for attending the King’s Academy clinic

  • This clinic will be by appointment only so please don’t attend if you haven’t booked. Appointments can be booked via reception in the normal way. Please DO NOT attend any earlier than your appointment time.
  • Please DO NOT attend if you or anyone in your household has signs or symptoms of Covid-19 or if anyone is in quarantine following foreign travel. For further guidance please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • Please wear a face covering to the clinic.
  • You will be guided into the school building where you will be checked in. Your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to clean your hands with hand sanitiser.
  • Please come into the building alone unless you require help to mobilise. It is important that no children attend. There will not be chairs available whilst waiting so if this is of concern to you then please choose another clinic to attend or let reception know so we can assist you on the day.
  • Please come prepared for your vaccination by wearing clothing that can be easily removed to expose your upper arm, preferably upper right arm. We will be in an open environment so please be aware of this when you are choosing your clothing as you will not have privacy if you need to undress.
  • Please consider the weather as there may be a short wait outside of the building.
  • Please be patient and follow the instructions of the staff on the day as your safety is very important to us.

Drive through clinics

Over the past few months we have been holding drive through vaccination clinics for pneumonia and shingles which have been a great success. Therefore we will be offering this option to patients for their flu vaccination.

The first of these will be held on Thursday 1st October for patients aged 80 or over. Please contact reception if you would like to book in.

We have also held 2 successful drive through children’s clinics already. Children have found this to be very easy as they do not have the anxiety of coming into the surgery and they are happy in the safety of their own car. The next drive through clinic for children will be Monday 28th September 3:15pm–4:45pm which can be booked via reception. This clinic is for any 2-3 year olds or any eligible child from 2-17 years old. If you are eligible we will call you to get your child booked in.

Instructions for attending the drive through clinics

Please DO NOT attend if you or anyone in your household has signs or symptoms of Covid-19 or if anyone is in quarantine following foreign travel. For further guidance please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

  • Please wear a face covering to the clinic.
  • Please access the surgery car park by turning right directly after the zebra crossing and enter through the green gates by the community centre. You will then be met by a nurse at the rear of the building.
  • For adults, please wear clothing that will make access to your upper arm, preferably the right upper arm, easy and accessible through the drivers or rear passenger’s window.

Further clinics will be added over the flu season so please do get in touch to get your appointment booked.

Frequently asked questions

How do I know if I’m eligible?

Flu can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition, the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:

  • Pregnant

or have a long-term condition such as:

  • a heart problem
  • 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)
  • diabetes
  • a neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
  • a learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen, such as sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • you are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

You are also eligible this year if you are on the NHS.UK: Shielded Patient List for COVID-19 for a free flu vaccine and it is really important this year that you receive it.

  • living in a residential or nursing home
  • the main carer of an older or disabled person
  • a household contact of someone on the NHS Shielded Patient List for COVID-19
  • a frontline health or social care worker

I’m aged 50-64 and I haven’t any conditions listed above – what about me?

The first phase of the flu season will be focused on those at greatest risk. We will be advised further about routine flu vaccinations for this age group. Once this has been announced we will let you know, so please look out for more information from the practice.

How do I decline?

Please do let us know if you don’t want your flu jab, but please think carefully about this, especially this year. Remember by having the jab you are not just protecting yourself you are protecting all of those around you.

What should I do next?

If you are eligible for a free vaccination please phone reception soon to book whichever of the above suits you. Further sessions may be added.

External websites for further information:

COVID-19 Testing – Public Message

Local authorities and the local NHS understand the frustrations of residents who are struggling to get local COVID-19 tests, and are urging people only to get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been officially advised they need to get tested.

There is a national shortage of laboratory capacity to analyse tests, with demand currently outstripping supply, which has meant that some local residents have not been able to access tests via the national programme at nearby testing sites or postal home testing kits. Demand for testing is increasing and priority is being given to areas of concern (those with more COVID-19 cases), which means areas with a lower number of cases are having less capacity.

In a bid to help reduce demand, local authorities are asking that only people with COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have been advised by an official organisation, like the NHS or a local authority, apply for a test.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

The advice to the public is:

  • If you do not have symptoms please do not apply for a test, this will help to reduce the demand.
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate and seek a test by phoning 119 or booking a test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. If you do have symptoms and can’t get access to a test locally via this route, please do try again in a couple of hours as more local slots may have opened up in that time.
  • If you have been identified as a contact of a COVID-19 case, then you should isolate for 14 days. 14 days covers the incubation and infectious periods of the infection. You do not need a test unless you have symptoms but if you do have a test and it comes back negative, you still need to isolate for the whole period. The same applies if you are isolating having returned from overseas.

For further information and guidance please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested