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Flu clinics and sessions

Flu clinic dates have been confifmed. Please save the dates:

  • Saturday September 25, 2021 - flu clinic no. 1
  • Saturday October 2, 2021 - flu clinic no. 2

We are exploring whether we can shift both the above clinics forward by a week, so that the first clinic date will be Saturday September 18, 2021 and the second clinic date will be Saturday September 25, 2021, please watch this space. We encourage eligible patients to make themselves available.

Please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us!

We understand the group 50-64 year olds who do not have at-risk clinical conditions will be offered a flu vaccination this year.

Certain groups will also be eligible for a covid vaccination booster during flu season, we await further developments in this area and will inform you in due course.

Please support your local surgery

  • We know that other providers like pharmacies and supermarkets offer flu jabs to our patients
  • Like all other GP practices, we rely on funding from each flu jab we give to help cover running costs and to keep the practice viable and maintain services
  • Every single flu jab you have elsewhere means loss of funding for your GP surgery, which puts them even more at risk
  • You might be told by other providers that they are giving flu jabs to you to help ease your GP's workload - this is definitely not the case!. We are more than capable of administering thousands of flu jabs each year as we have been doing for decades
  • Therefore please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us
  • By choosing us, you will be vaccinated in a properly equipped consulting room or treatment room by a qualified member of our Nursing or GP Team; who will have access to your medical records and are properly equipped for emergencies
  • By having your flu jab with us, you are ensuring that crucial resources stay with your GP surgery
  • If you are already eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS but an outlet has offered you an earlier one if you pay a fee, this is inappropriate and should be reported to the authorities

How to book your flu jab COMING SOON

Flu clinic procedure COMING SOON

Eligibile groups

Download an information booklet .

You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups (example conditions are shown under each category):

Long term lung conditions

  • Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis (Dust)
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Long term heart or circulation conditions

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack, angina and other ischaemic heart disease
  • Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
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Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions

  • Stroke
  • TIA ('mini-stroke')
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dementia
  • Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
  • Myaesthenia
  • Learning disability - download an information leaflet
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Long term kidney conditions

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney impairment
  • Kidney transplant
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Long term liver conditions

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver transplant
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Endocrine (hormonal) conditions

  • Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)
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Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs

  • No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
  • On long term steroids
  • On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active or recent cancer treatment
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
  • Systemic lupus
  • Certain blood disorders and blood cancers
  • Patient on NHS Shielded List
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Pregnant women

  • All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
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Age or circumstance

  • NEW Anybody aged 50-64 years
  • Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2021 (date of birth on or before March 31st, 1957)
  • Long stay residential care homes patients
  • Carers who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider
  • Health and care staff employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider
  • Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments and/or Personal Health Budgets (such as personal assistant) to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
  • Morbidly obese patients (BMI of 40 or above)
  • Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system - cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed
  • Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2017 and August 31st 2019 inclusive) - download an information leaflet
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INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs is at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgement

Not eligible for a surgery flu jab

The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery, but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school

Frontline health and social care workers to be vaccinated by their employer

  • All frontline health and social care workers employed by other organisations not listed above should receive a vaccination from their employer, in order to meet their responsibility to protect their staff and patients and ensure the overall safe running of services
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Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable

  • Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
  • Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
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Babies under 6 months of age

  • Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions
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Children to be vaccinated at school

  • All primary school children and years 7 to 11 of secondary school (date of birth between September 1st 2006 and August 31st 2017 inclusive) will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet (NB: children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished)
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Non-eligible patients wishing the flu jab privately

  • Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive clauses in our contract mean that, unlike pharmacies and supermarkets, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately - if you wish to challenge this, please contact your MP
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Online form to request a flu jab

FORM CURRENTLY CLOSED

Please use this form to make an online flu jab appointment request. We will review your response and text or email you back with an allocated appointment slot.

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