• When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward to have their COVID-10 vaccination
• For most people this will be a letter, either from the local or national NHS
• This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number
• Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this letter
• Information on the vaccine is available on the The NHS website - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Flu vaccines – appointments available to book now
Due to Coronavirus and social distancing restrictions there will not be any open day flu clinics. Please be aware we are having phased deliveries of the flu vaccines so you need to call reception to book your appointment.
You will need to wear a face covering when attending your appointment.
Should you feel unwell with any of the following symptoms then do not attend your appointment
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- children in primary school – having these at school
- children in year 7 (secondary school) – having these at school
Later in the year, the flu vaccine may be given to people aged 50 to 64. More information will be available later in the autumn.
However, if you're aged 50 to 64 and in an at-risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.
NOTTINGHAM GP’S MESSAGE TO OVER 50s AS FLU SEASON GETS UNDERWAY
A Nottingham GP has shared an important message to those aged 50-64 years old as flu season gets underway.
Earlier this year, the 50-64 age group was added to those eligible for a free flu vaccine however, this age group is being asked to wait to have a flu jab until later this year. This is to make sure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.
Dr Stephen Shortt, GP at East Leake Medical Group and Joint Clinical Leader at the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, explained why this was the case.
He said: “With winter approaching and the additional pressure of having the flu virus and coronavirus co-circulating this year, we understand that many patients are keen to book in for their flu vaccines.
“Our priority first and foremost is to ensure that those who are the highest risk from flu are vaccinated first and this is already underway. Once we have vaccinated those most at risk, we can then look to vaccinate further patients later in the year, providing there are sufficient vaccines available.
“We understand that that some people will feel anxious about not being able to get a vaccine as soon as they would have hoped to but we would encourage the public to be patient and when those most vulnerable have been vaccinated we will be able to start vaccinating the 50-64 cohort.”
As a result, people in the 50 to 64 year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there are sufficient vaccines, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then.
If you are 50 to 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 flu, you will be invited earlier.
Flu can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups, as well as complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, so it is particularly important to have the flu vaccine. The vaccine is available free of charge on the NHS, if you:
- Are 65 years or over
- Are pregnant
- Have certain medical conditions
- Are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay facility
- Receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- Live with someone who’s at risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list) or you expect to be with them on most days over winter
For more information please contact Hannah Mitchell on 07385 360046 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Nottingham & Nottinghamshire CCG and ICS
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was formed on 1 April 2020.
Our role involves deciding what services are needed for our diverse local populations, ensuring that they are provided and checking that they are delivering what’s needed.
We are responsible for the healthcare of a population of just over one million people - whether it is visiting your GP, seeing the nurse, picking up a prescription, or having treatment in hospital. The area covered by our new CCG includes all of Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire county except Bassetlaw.
CCGs are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England.
Dr Ram Patel has retired from the surgery on 31st August 2020
Coronavirus / COVID 19 - Please DO NOT attend the surgery unless you have an appointment. For the protection of staff and patients, please wear a face covering when attending the surgery. Thank you.
The situation is changing rapidly and the surgery needs to make changes to the way it works to accommodate this:
- In line with local and national guidance, we will be taking no more pre-booked appointments - all online booking has been suspended. This is so that we can manage workflow when we know which clinicians are well and able to work each day.
- We are moving to a telephone triage only service within the next week or so, so that when you ring, you will be called back by a doctor or nurse and hopefully managed over the telephone where possible. We are trying to keep the building as empty as we can for the protection of patients and staff.
- This means that if you have a health concern you will need to ring the surgery on the day that you want to be called back on or seen (if necessary). Ensure you give your telephone number.
- If the clinician feels that you need to be seen then they will organise an appointment for you ON THAT DAY.
- We are asking patients not to arrive early for their appointment so that we minimise time spent in the waiting room. Please wait outside the surgery or in your car if you are early.
- We are asking you to stick to the one problem/one appointment rule so that appointments do not overrun.
- Routine reviews are likely to be delayed or done via telephone if necessary.
Our priority is the wellbeing and safety of all our patients and staff and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this very difficult time.
Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for advice and the latest COVID-19 information before attending the practice.
If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created Coronavirus pages that advise what you should do based on your particular circumstances. This can be accessed by clicking on this link: NHS 111 online service Please do not come to surgery in person.
For the latest information and advice regarding Coronavirus please click on the following links:
Further information and advice available here
Change in how prescriptions are issued from 25 March 2020.
Patients who collect prescriptions from the surgery will no longer be issued a G.P. signed prescription but a paper copy (also known as a token).
This paper copy can be taken to any pharmacy for dispensing
Patients who have a nominated pharmacy will not be affected by this change.
Patients who do not have a nominated pharmacy please consider doing so as the majority of prescriptions will now be sent electronically.
For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/EPS or ask a member staff.