IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHEVELEY PARK MEDICAL CENTRE
2020/21 FLU SEASON
This year it is more important than ever to have a flu vaccination. The eligibility criteria has been expanded to include everyone in an ‘at risk’ category and all those over the age of 50, although those at risk will be prioritised. However, social distancing measures mean that we will be conducting our flu clinics differently this year. The most vulnerable patients will be offered an appointment for a flu vaccination first and there will be no facility to book an appointment by ringing the surgery. Eligible patients will receive an invitation and this will be expanded to other groups as the season progresses, subject to vaccine availability.
For more information about the NHS Flu Campaign, please go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
NHS England have issued the following statement:
“Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.”
Who is eligible for a free annual NHS Flu Vaccination?
- people with certain medical conditions(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- shielded patients [and their households – opportunistically]
- adults 65 years and over
- adults 50 to 64yrs [available November and December vaccine permitting]
- year 7 children [aged 11 years on 31/8/20]
- children in primary school [via school programme]
- frontline health or social care workers [to receive from employer]
There are three different drugs available for flu vaccinations this year.
Over 65 years old – Fluad
18-64 years old – Flucelvax Quadrivalent
Under 18s – Fluenz Nasal Spray
We would like to thank you for all your support and understanding during this difficult time. As our economy is opening up, the NHS is still experiencing unprecedented pressures and demand. Hospitals have not restarted all their usual services. We at Cheveley Park Medical Centre are working extremely hard to give you the best service we can whilst maintaining rigorous hygiene and social distancing standards.
We are currently experiencing enormous telephone demand and now allocate timed telephone slots, which will operate the same way as an appointment, if you miss your call you will not be called back, so please ensure we have the correct contact details and that you are available for the call. There are ways you can help us cope with this challenging time by:
Ordering your prescription online and on time – it takes 2 working days to process a prescription.
Booking your non-urgent telephone appointment online.
Use our e-consultation service (available via our website www.cheveleyparkmedicalcentre.co.uk ) for all fit note requests, medication queries and minor ailments (eg rashes, hayfever etc).
Considering the most appropriate service to use such as: www.nhs.uk, pharmacies, online 111, opticians, dentist.
Thank you for your co-operation.Drs Jeffery & Telford
A helpline has been set up for patients attending CDDFT who may be worried about accessing their treatment or investigative appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. This number can be called by patients or practices for cancer-related appointment advice.
01207 594 466
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