TRAVEL VACCINES: Do you need vaccinations for travel? Planned closure for Emergencies from 12pm onwards New entrance to the practice PLANNED CLOSURE FOR TRAINING: Wednesday 24th January from 12pm-6.30pm Update on our Pilot on Access 22/1/2024 Reduction in waiting times and improving access Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Children in Need 2023 THE NHS APP AND ACCESS TO YOUR ONLINE RECORDS IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OUR PATIENTS REGARDING COVID SECURE MEASURES 10/10/2023
IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT FLU AND COVID CAMPAIGN 2023
As you may be aware, there is a new BA.2.86 variant of COVID-19 which is causing concern as it carries a large number of mutations. NHS England have informed us on Wednesday 30th August, that they have now reversed their previous instruction to delay the start of the Covid and Flu Vaccine Campaign until after the 7th October.
They now wish us instead, to start our campaign from the 11th September onwards and finish our campaign ideally no later than the 31st October.
Once more, our staff are faced with the logistical nightmare of re-organising our previously organised clinics at short notice and re-booking a large amount of patients.
Fortunately, we did not cancel our previously planned clinic for Saturday 23rd September even though we were instructed previously to ideally do so by NHS England.
Flu supplies are arriving on time in September as they have been ordered directly from suppliers by the practice. Once more, we have requested urgent clarification regarding Covid supplies which have to come from NHS England for September.
We will be now be expanding our planned clinic on Saturday 23rd September and will start inviting the majority of our patients in the next week or two, targetting the over-65s, care home residents and immunocompromised patients first.
We will be holding additional clinics on the following evenings
Monday 25th September,
Monday 2nd October, Tuesday 3rd October,
Monday 9th October, Tuesday 10th October,
Monday 16th October, Tuesday 17th October.
Monday 23rd October, Tuesday 24th October
We are planning a large clinic on SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER as well as an additional large clinic on SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER.
The November clinic will be cancelled.
Please read the information below regarding the eligibility for the Flu and Covid vaccines for 2023.
ELIGIBILITY FOR FLU VACCINE 2023
The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:
*The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to people with certain long-term health conditions, including:
ELIGIBILITY FOR COVID BOOSTER VACCINE 2023
The following people are eligible for an autumn Covid booster:
*Tables 3 and 4 of the Covid-19 chapter of UKHSA the Green Book defines who is in a clinical risk group.
Clinical risk groups for individuals aged 16 years and over include:
Clinical risk groups for those aged under 16 years include:
The JCVI also advises that people who have not yet received their first Covid jab should be offered a single vaccine dose as their primary course. The criteria for eligibility for a first Covid vaccine is the same as the autumn 2023 booster.