FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2020
The flu season will run very differently this year due to social distancing and current guidelines set out by Public Health England for all Medical Centres. You will be given a specific time for your appointment. It’s important you adhere to the timings or you may be turned away, to ensure we respect the safety of other patients and staff due to COVID-19.
If you are shielding we recommend you book into one of our early slots before 10.30am which have been reserved specifically for shielding patients. If you need to book at other times, you will be seen alongside non-shielding patients. However, social distancing rules will be applied at all times both in the building and outside. We are not able to see non-shielding patients until after 10.30 this year due to the increased risk to those who need to shield. Because of the requirement for social distancing and infection control we will not be offering flu clinics on any other days.
- Please ensure you wear a face covering to your appointment.
- Please cancel your appointment if you develop any COVID symptoms within the 14 days prior to your appointment.
The following patients are eligible and able to book in (this will be extended when we are informed about our vaccine supply dates for other ages and groups):
- Over 65s
- Pregnant ladies
- Carers (providing they are registered with us as a carer)
- Patients with chronic diseases
- Asthma patients using an inhaler currently
Dates are now available to book in:
Holsworthy & Stratton:
Over 65s – Saturday September 26th
Over 65s and Under 65s in eligible groups – Saturday October 10th
Under 65s in eligible groups – Saturday October 24th
Hatherleigh (at the Community Centre):
Over and under 65 in eligible groups – Saturday October 17th
Children's flu vaccinations will be provided at school for children aged 4-11. We will be running clinics for 2-3 year olds and those children aged 12-17 who fall into one of the at risk groups. We will be in touch with parents once we have received the vaccines.
In line with NHS guidance Patients aged 50-64 who do not fall into an at risk group will be invited in November once the over 65s and at risk patient vaccination programme has been completed, if you fall into this group you don't have to do anything yet.
For a link to information on Covid-19 testing and how to get your test go to: COVID-19 TESTING
Care Homes and Care Home staff can access testing via this link or by calling Public Health England on 0300 303 8162
For information on Test and Trace follow the link: TEST & TRACE
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Royal College of General Practitioners go to: TEST & TRACE FAQs
GOVERNMENT LINKS & INFORMATION COVID-19
For information on the new requirements regarding face coverings follow the link. Please note that there is no requirement to have a letter or certificate for face-covering exemption and your GP is unable to provide you with one: FACE-COVERING EXEMPTIONS
For general information on face coverings follow the link: FACE COVERINGS
For Information on Self Isolation and Social Distancing follow the link: SELF ISOLATION & SOCIAL DISTANCING
For NHS Information for patients go to: NHS INFORMATION CORONAVIRUS
For general government advice to patients go to: GOVT INFORMATION
For some useful FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) follow the link: FAQs
For government advice for households who need to stay at home due to coronavirus go to: STAY-AT-HOME GUIDE
For government advice regarding safety outside your home go to: STAYING SAFE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
For government advice on social distancing and staying alert go to: STAYING ALERT
For government advice on shielding for those in the 'vulnerable' group go to: SHIELDING
For NHS111 & general medical enquiries please go to NHS111 on-line: COVID 19 SUPPORT
Information for visitors to our counties: VISITORS NEEDING GP SERVICES
For help when ordering prescriptions go to: PRESCRIPTION ORDERING
For patients who have asthma please follow the link for very useful information from Asthma UK relating to Covid-19, in terms of your condition and how to manage it: ASTHMA INFO
If you have contracted the virus and are currently recovering, have a look at this recovery pack brought together by Homerton NHS Foundation Trust:
COVID RECOVERY PACK
If you are asked to take a photograph of a rash, spot or other similar condition, to send to us instead of attending the surgery, here are a few tips to help you: TAKING BETTER PHOTOS
TAKING BETTER PHOTOS 2 with pics
For a directory of services and information for patients during Covid 19 follow the link. Please note that the information was correct as of 26th May 2020 and may now have changed as lockdown is easing.
26th MAY DIRECTORY OF SERVICES TO PATIENTS DURING C-19
For help locally with deliveries or medication and shopping follow the link:
LOCAL DELIVERY HELP
For health and wellbeing support have a look at this:
WELLBEING & CORONAVIRUS
Useful advice for parents if your child becomes unwell or has an injury:
ADVICE FOR PARENTS IF CHILD UNWELL OR INJURED
Easy-to-understand resource to help explain Coronavirus to people with a learning disability: UNDERSTANDING CORONAVIRUS
For how to talk to young children about Coronavirus go to: YOUNG CHILDREN
For general advice about how to talk to children about Coronavirus go to: HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN
For guidance on our immunisation programme during the pandemic please go to: IMMUNISATION APPOINTMENTS
For help accessing local and national groups giving support to those struggling with their mental health and wellbeing follow the link. Please note the North Devon Crisis Team number has been updated to 0300 555 5000 as a single point of access: MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES
If you have been advised that you needs a sick note because of Covid 19 infection in your household or needing to self-isolate on medical grounds, please download this form for your employer: COVID 19 SICK NOTE