Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are operating our flu vaccination clinics differently this year.
Rather than operating a walk-in system as we have done in previous years, we have reverted back to a managed appointment system. To ensure both staff and patient safety when these clinics take place, COVID-19 restrictions will be in place in the Practice. These include clinical staff wearing full PPE when seeing patients, social distancing measures, cleaning rooms between patients and a one-way system in the Practice.
We will ensure that every person at risk and eligible for a flu vaccination will receive their invite.
This group includes:
- People aged 65 years or older.
- People aged from six months to 64 years of age in a clinical risk group such as those with:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- Learning disability
- Splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- A weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
- People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
- Those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- Health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza. The national flu immunisation programme 2020 to 2021
- Health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.
We aim to invite every patient at risk in the upcoming weeks.
We ask patients to please wait until they receive their letter from the Practice, and to not ring the Surgery regarding their flu vaccine.
The first batch of invites is to be released in the next few days.
In addition to the flu vaccination clinics in the surgery, we are taking in a mass clinic that will be run in the Wigan Borough at a central location. More information regarding this will be released shortly.
The Practice is working in collaboration with other GP surgeries in the Wigan Borough to administer the nasal flu vaccine to nursery aged children (2-4 years old after 31st August 2016) in a nursery setting. If a child is not at nursery, they will be invited to attend the surgery for the nasal vaccine. We will contact parents with more information in due course.
Public Health England have indicated that patients over 50 years of age who are not at risk will also be offered a flu vaccine at a later date in the flu campaign. We are still awaiting guidance regarding this.
When attending the surgery for a flu vaccine, we are kindly asking patients to adhere to our list of do’s and don’ts:
|Wear a face mask or face covering in the surgery||Touch your eyes, nose or mouth|
|Adhere to all the social distancing measures that have been put in place||Attend your appointment if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms|
|Wear appropriate clothing that provides easy access to the top of your arm||Bring anyone with you to your appointment unless they are your carer or you need assistance|
|Use the hand sanitiser provided when in the surgery||Have close contact with any other patients in the clinic|
We apologise for the long letter, the Practice is trying to get as much information to you as possible. As a Practice, we will continue to update you as guidance is updated.
If you are not already, you can also follow our page on facebook for updates.
We thank you for your patience at this time.
Dicconson Group Practice