Portcullis Surgery

Portcullis Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1GT

Telephone: 01584 872 939


We are closed. Call 111 for urgent advice out of hours.



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 wait to receive our invitation by text, phone call or letter in the next few weeks, PLEASE DO NOT CALL US WE WILL CONTACT YOU.
  • If you are already booked for our clinic in September 23rd September YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING. Please turn up for your booked appt in September and you will automatically both Flu and Covid in a combined clinic.

Please read the information below regarding the eligibility for the Flu and Covid vaccines for 2023.


The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to adults who:

  • are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • have certain health conditions*
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis

*The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to people with certain long-term health conditions, including:


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:

  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic neurological disease, such as stroke and individuals with cerebral palsy, profound multiple learning disabilities, Down’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and related or similar conditions.
  • Diabetes
  • Those with immunosuppression
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Morbid obesity
  • Severe mental illness
  • Younger adults in long-stay nursing and residential care settings
  • Pregnant women

Clinical risk groups for those aged under 16 years include:

  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic heart conditions
  • Chronic conditions of the kidney, liver or digestive system
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Immunosuppression
  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Serious genetic abnormalities that affect a number of systems
  • Pregnancy

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.


Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:30am to 06:00pm
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  • Tuesday
    08:30am to 06:00pm
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  • Wednesday
    08:30am to 06:00pm
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  • Thursday
    08:30am to 06:00pm
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  • Friday
    08:30am to 06:00pm
    Open 1-2 Fridays a month. 6-8pm Pre-booked appointments only.Call 111 for advice OOH
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