2021 Flu Clinics – September

UPDATE 7TH October 2021 If you missed our 2nd October clinic please book into the next clinic, which may be our last if we run out of vaccine, on FRIDAY 15th October. You can really help up by please booking via your app or online patient access solution if you can as our phone lines are very busy at the moment. If you don’t have online access or an app please ask reception if you have to call us.

UPDATE 21st September 2021 Our Flu vaccinations have arrived and are safely in our fridge. We would like to vaccinate all our lovely patients as efficiently as possible so we are repeating what was so successful last year by offering a single clinic with Indoor and DRIVE THROUGH options again this year PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE CAREFULLY

To ensure that we are COVID safe we are running 0NE clinic this year on Saturday 2nd October 2021 from 9am until 5pm.

Influenza is a virus that infects many people each year, causing severe illness and sometimes death. The flu vaccination provides the best possible protection against this unpredictable virus. The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those who are most at risk of contracting influenza. The letter we sent in August/ early September is your vaccination invitation AND your TICKET for the clinic. You MUST bring this letter with you to your appointment.

This year, we will be running our flu clinic differently again to ensure that we are COVID safe. It is vital that you DO NOT attend for vaccination if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are self-isolating due to contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Appointments are available either INSIDE the building as usual or for our DRIVE THROUGH clinic where you will stay in your car. If you are booking the drive through clinic please book for each person you are bringing – they MUST have a letter/ticket – we can vaccinate 4 people per car, providing the rear windows come down.

We are only giving flu vaccinations in the clinic this year. Arrangements for Shingles and Pneumonia vaccinations will be made later.

If this is your first Flu vaccination you should book the indoor clinic.

To avoid congestion in the clinics please arrive at your appointment time and not before.

In past years we have offered Flu vaccination clinics over several weeks at various times during the day, with variable attendance rates. We must make best and most efficient use of our team and your time this year.

We have 6 nurses and a complement of admin team on duty throughout the day to ensure we all maintain safe social distancing and the clinic runs smoothly. We may offer additional clinics later in the year however we urge you to book into this one to ensure your immunity early in this year’s flu season.

You MUST complete the checklist on the reverse of your letter BEFORE coming to clinic and bring this letter with you to your appointment. It’s your ticket for your Flu jab.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ

How do I make my appointment?

Book online if possible. Our phone lines will be busy. Please be sure to book your preferred FLU clinic – ‘Indoor’ or ‘Drive Through’. Please book for each person you are bringing – they MUST have a letter/ticket – we can vaccinate 4 people per car, providing the rear windows come down

What will happen when I arrive?

Drive through: We are using Woodlands school minibus drop off lane for the clinic and operating a ONE-WAY system. Enter from Wilkinson Avenue, to the rear of the school. You will not gain entry from the Whitegate Health Centre site as this is the clinic exit. Stay in your car and approach the vaccination canopy very slowly. Come to a complete stop under the canopy and engage the hand brake when asked. You will receive your vaccination through your car window. Most cars can drive off immediately. Take care for oncoming traffic from the right when leaving the vaccination lane via the Whiteagte Health Centre site.

Indoor: We are operating a ONE-WAY system this year. Access the Practice and park as you normally would then join our queue for vaccination. Be sure to maintain the 2-metre rule on social distancing. Our staff will direct you to the next free vaccination station. It’s unlikely you will have opportunity to sit down! Following vaccination, you will exit the Practice at the rear of the building. This will be well signposted.

What do I need to do?

Face masks: You must wear a facemask for the indoor clinic and sanitize your hands at the wall dispenser before entering the Practice corridor. We prefer you to wear a face mask for the Drive through clinic and recommend that you put this on once you are onsite.

Clothing: It is very important that you can expose your preferred upper arm very quickly to receive your flu vaccination. Please bear this in mind and wear appropriate clothing. There will be minimal privacy in the clinic. Our staff cannot assist you to remove layers of clothing due to risk of infection.

YOU MUST BRING THIS LETTER WITH YOU. It is your TICKET for vaccination. Our nursing staff will not give flu vaccinations to anyone who attends without their letter.

YOU MUST complete the checklist BEFORE you arrive for your appointment. Pens and clipboards will not be available due to risk of infection.

How long will it take?

Drive Through: We expect you to pass through the drive through clinic very quickly as you will not leave your vehicle. Take care for oncoming traffic from the right when leaving the vaccination lane via the Whiteagte Health Centre site.

Indoor: We expect you to move quickly through the clinic. You will not be able to sit down in the clinic rooms as previously. Our nursing staff ordinarily love to chat so please don’t be offended if they don’t this year, as we need to keep the line moving.

What do I do after I’ve had my vaccination?

Most patients can leave the site immediately; however, in some cases, particularly if this is your first flu vaccination, our nursing staff might ask patients to remain on the premises for a short while. If you use the drive through, you will be directed to a waiting area.

UPDATE 6/9/21 2021 Annual flu vaccination delivery delay

You will have seen on the News that there is a National delay in delivery of Flu vaccinations to GP Surgeries due to a shortage of HGV drivers. Many practices locally, including Marton Medical Practice are affected by this delay.

Unfortunately, this means that our planned clinics and all booked appointments must be cancelled. Please DO NOT attend your booked appointment between 8th – 15th September as these clinics are cancelled.

Please bear with us and do not telephone or call in at reception. Our staff cannot rebook appointments until we know our delivery date which will hopefully be before the end of September. We  will contact you when it’s time to re-book. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Please keep your original letter and bring it to your rebooked flu vaccination appointment. This is important as it contains your barcode and is your ticket for the clinic.

You can watch our website for updates on flu clinic booking:  https://www.martonmedicalpractice.co.uk/ Booking your appointment via online Patient Access or via any of the booking apps will be available as soon as  updated information appears on our website so you wont need to wait for another letter, although we will send one if we know you haven’t booked.

We are writing to you as we don’t have a record of your mobile telephone number. To speed up the rebooking process it’s helpful if you would let us know your mobile telephone number (and your spouse/partners). You will receive information faster than in the post which will give you a better choice of appointment slots

Thank you for your patience.

PLEASE NOTE: These clinics are cancelled Wednesday 8th 4pm – 8pm; Friday 10th 1pm – 5pm; Saturday 11th 9am-1pm; Wednesday 15th 4pm-8pm

We ordered flu vaccinations for you for the 2021 season in October 2020 and we do ask our patients to book directly into clinics at Marton Medical Practice to ensure a record of your vaccination is entered into your records promptly. This will be important for administering covid boosters and cannot be guaranteed if you attend other providers for your flu vaccination.

Influenza is a virus that infects many people each year, causing severe illness and sometimes death. The flu vaccination provides the best possible protection against this unpredictable virus. The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those who are most at risk of contracting influenza.

If you are eligible for an influenza vaccination this year, we are sending or have sent a letter to you inviting you to make an appointment.

  • Everyone age 50 years and over will receive a letter.
  • The reports we run to determine who is at risk under 50 years are not perfect! If you haven’t received a letter and think you may be eligible please let us know using the contact form on this website.
  • If you are a carer under 50 years you are eligible for a flu vaccination. If this is you, and you haven’t received a letter please let us know so we can ‘code’ your records and send you a letter. Let us know using the contact form on this website giving brief details of who you care for.
  • We will look at every request and let you know promptly. If we find that you are eligible we will send you a letter.

Why are there only three clinic this year?

To ensure that we are COVID safe we are running three clinic this year on Wednesday 8th 4pm – 8pm; Friday 10th 1pm – 5pm; Saturday 11th 9am-1pm

We hope to complete ALL vaccinations during these clinics and we are really grateful for your understanding and co-operation.

Unfortunately due to the high risk of staff having to isolate it is not possible to offer a drive through this year. We are as disappointed as you are about this but feel it’s necessary to avoid disruption if we have a reduced number of vaccinators due to covid/isolation isuues.

  • This year, we will be running our flu clinics differently again to ensure that we are COVID safe. It is vital that you DO NOT attend for vaccination if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are self-isolating due to contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • In past years we have offered Flu vaccination clinics over several weeks at various times during the day, with variable attendance rates. This year as last year, because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we must make best and most efficient use of our team and your time.
  • If you’ve been to a flu clinic previously you’ll know how busy the clinics can be. Because of the need for good social distancing we cannot, and you wouldn’t want us to, have long lines of patients in our waiting room awaiting vaccination. This is why we are only offering three clinics at the moment. We do hope you understand that this is for your safety as much as it is for the safety of our staff.

We may offer additional clinics later in the year however we urge you to book into this one to ensure your immunity early in this year’s flu season.

Arrangements for our 2021 annual flu vaccination clinic

The important information:

  • The letter we sent you is your your TICKET for the clinic. You MUST complete the form on the reverse of the letter and bring this with you to your appointment. Pens and clipboards will not be available due to risk of infection.
  • Our nurses will not vaccinate you without your letter.
  • We are only giving flu vaccinations in the clinic this year.Arrangements for Shingles and Pneumonia vaccinations will be made later.
  • Arrangements for Covid boosters will be published in the coming weeks once JCVI have decided on who will be eligible and when these should be administered.
  • If this is your first Flu vaccination our nursing staff might ask first timers to remain on the premises for a few minutes following vaccination and our staffroom chairs are comfortable!
  • Really important: To avoid congestion in the clinics please arrive at your appointment time and not before.

Appointments

PLEASE book online if possible. Our phone lines will be busy.

By online booking we mean via your usual online booking app on your phone or tablet or computer. If you don’t have your credentials or wish to book by telephone please contact our receptionist on 01253 953070. You MUST have received a letter to book. If you haven’t and think you should have please telephone our reception.

We will have a minimum of 3 nurses administering flu vaccinations in the clinics ( hopefully more) and a complement of admin team and marshals on duty throughout the clinics to ensure we all maintain safe social distancing and the clinics runs smoothly.

What will happen when I arrive?

We are operating a ONE-WAY system again this year. Access the Practice and park as you normally would then join our queue for vaccination. Be sure to maintain the 2-metre rule on social distancing. Our staff will direct you to the next free vaccination station. It’s unlikely you will have opportunity to sit down! Following vaccination, you will exit the Practice at the rear of the building. This will be well signposted and marshals will be on hand to guide you out. If you have poor mobility you will be able to exit the clinic the same way you entered, we do want to make it easy for you to get your flu vac. Please let our team know if you need assistance.

What do I need to do?

Face masks: You must wear a facemask for the indoor clinic and sanitize your hands at the wall dispenser before entering the Practice corridor.Clothing: It is very important that you can expose your upper arm very quickly to receive your flu vaccination. Please bear this in mind and wear appropriate clothing.