Flu Clinics 2020
This year we have to factor in social distancing into our flu vaccination schedule and so we are introducing new systems to keep everyone safe.
There will not be any drop-in flu clinics this year but lots of other safe options and all patients MUST pre-book an appointment slot in advance.
On our Saturday clinics we will have a one way system with one entry point and a different exit point. The lift will not be in use and there is no lift via the exit route so please call us to book a separate mid-week appointment if you are not able to walk up and down our set of stairs.
If you have any Covid-19 symptoms or are self-isolating please do not come to the surgery, call us to re- arrange your appointment
Everyone eligible needs to pre-book one of the following options
Saturdays 10th and 24th October
We are holding two Saturdays pre-booked flu clinics at Lincoln House Surgery
- Anyone arriving for the clinic should be appropriately dressed to enable an efficient service and easy access to their arm.
- All patients should bring their own a face covering or mask with them.
- Slots of 15 minutes will be given and we must stress the importance of arriving in time – not before, not after- in order to help us maintain a safe social distanced clinic.
Children should book to attend an appointment at the surgery.
We shall keep a very limited number of flu appointments at the surgery building which will be reserved for at-risk children.
- Children must not attend the Saturday clinics as more time is needed.
- If your child is eligible to have a vaccination at school, but not otherwise in another at risk group, they should have their vaccine at school, not at the Doctors surgery.
- Children nasal flu clinics are available earlier from week commencing 21st September
High risk patients (NHS Shielding list)
The Shielding programme has been paused so you are free to join our social distanced Saturday clinics however, we will also be providing mid-week shielding only clinics for those more vulnerable that feel they need to come in at a different time.
Clinics will be available from week commencing 12th October
Home visits are available – for medically housebound patients only.
We shall continue to offer essential home visits for very frail patients to have their flu vaccinations at home and for those living in care homes.
- Home visit slots are very limited and so are strictly reserved only for those who physically couldn’t get to an appointment with help from a friend, family or a taxi.
- Home visits will be scheduled by our nursing team but please do call the surgery to let us know if you want to book a home visit
Who should get the flu vaccine?
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
- Adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
- People under 65 with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- Pregnant women
- CARERS – including 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 (these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Children in year 7 (secondary school) ( these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
- Frontline health or social care workers
How to book
If you are eligible:
- Please telephone Reception any week day from to book your flu vaccination on 01442 254 366
If you can, please telephone after 12:00 noon or between 17:00 and 18:30 when the phone lines are usually a little quieter.
If you are aged 50-64: Do not book just yet.
Later in the year, the flu vaccine is expected to be able to be given to people aged 50 to 64.
More information will be available to the 50-64 ‘newly eligible’ patients later in the autumn and until then, Lincoln House appointments are only being opened up to be booked by those patients who were already eligible. We have to prioritise vaccine stock for the most vulnerable patients first.
- If you’re aged 50 to 64 but also in another at-risk group, you should book for your flu vaccine and not wait
How to decline
If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all please call to tell us or quickly let us know via our website so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it:
This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand.