Important Flu Update

This year because of COVID -19 we have had to change the way in which we operate our flu clinics.

The team have been extremely busy trying to plan our clinics to ensure the safety of everyone, whilst at the same time dealing with the increased numbers of people we have to vaccinate so please be patient and work with us at this challenging time for everyone.

By choosing to have your flu Vaccination at the practice you are helping support the practice. Any profit from the flu vaccinations goes into developing patient services at the practice, so thank you for supporting your practice.

Update

Our first Flu Clinics were not as well attended as we were expecting. We want to make sure as many of our patients are protected as possible, so we have had a think about the possible causes for this low attendance and would like to address some concerns you might have had:

  • That it would be extremely busy – in fact it was very quiet. There was a queue at the start which was gone within the first half hour. We had three doctors administering the vaccines – one went home at 09:30 and another at 11:30, because of the low numbers of patients.
  • That it wouldn’t be safe – we have a robust one-way system, which is why it’s so important to have checked the information on our website. We have elected to do the flu clinic outside this year to make it as safe as possible
  • That it IS outside – as above we are keeping patients moving very quickly, so exposure to the elements is kept at a minimum
  • Inability to use the car park – this has always been the case even when the clinics were inside and there is no simple answer to this. As above we are keeping people moving fast so wherever it is you park if you need to drive, you should be back to your car within minutes.

Your next DROP IN flu clinics for BOTH over 65s & eligible under 65s

  • Tuesday 1st December 10:00-12:00 at Taddington Road
  • Saturday 5th December 08:30-12:00 at Wilson Street Surgery.

Patients in Care Homes

The practice will be arranging flu vaccinations for all of their patients in care homes.

Housebound Patients

Patients who are truly housebound can book on a home visiting list. Please telephone us as usual and let us know that you need to be added to this list.

Due to the increased amount of home visits, we ask that access to the property is made easily and patients are ready to be vaccinated to reduce time and risk for both the patient and clinician.

Attending a flu vaccination appointment

The flu clinics will be held outside in gazebos. We hope for clement weather, but please come prepared!

Please think about what you should wear. We need to get to the top of your arm. Please be ready with your arm exposed so we can immunise you as speedily as possible

Wherever possible you should attend alone.

Please do not attend if you are unwell and have any signs of COVID- 19 such as a fever and/or a persistent cough, a loss of sense of taste.

There is no patient car parking available on site

Please queue in an orderly fashion, maintaining 2m distance. Social distancing marking will be set out

Staff will be present to help direct you at all times. If you are unsure of where you should be, ask!

Wilson Street Flu Clinic

Please queue up the ENTRANCE DRIVE. If the queue extends out of the entrance drive, please queue DOWN WILSON STREET TOWARDS THE RING ROAD ON SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD AS THE SURGERY. On leaving, please either walk towards the city centre, or cross the road and walk on the other side of Wilson Street.

Taddington Road Flu Clinic

Please queue on TADDINGTON ROAD as if you were approaching from Buxton Road, ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD AS THE SURGERY. Please leave towards the roundabout or cross Taddington road and walk up the other side.

Precautions to be taken

All clinical staff will be wearing full PPE to protect you and them.

Face coverings will be required to be worn by all patients receiving a flu vaccination

By working together we will try to help as many patients as possible alongside keeping everyone safe during the pandemic.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation

The Partners