We must make best and most efficient use of our team and your time again this year, and as our flu clinics with drive through option over the last couple of years have been very successful we are running 0NE clinic again this year on Saturday 1st October 2022 from 9am until 5pm.
This year, we will be running our flu clinic differently again as we are mindful that Covid is still lingering in the community. 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 COVID positive. 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.
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 send in August is your vaccination invitation AND your TICKET for the clinic. You MUST bring this letter with you to your appointment.
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.
It’s helpful if you would let us know your mobile telephone number (and your spouse/partners) so that we can text message information about flu vaccination booking and clinic updates faster than in the post which will give you a better choice of appointment slots.
PLEASE book online if possible as 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 online credentials or wish to book by telephone please contact our receptionist on 01253 953070 after 10am as our team are dealing with urgent patient requests first thing. You MUST have received a letter to book. If you haven’t and think you should have please telephone our reception.
We are only giving flu vaccinations in the clinic this year. Arrangements for Shingles and Pneumonia vaccinations will be made later.
We have 5 nurses and a complement of admin team and marshals on duty throughout the day to ensure 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.
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.
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, so please don’t call to book a flu vac appointment before 10am. 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. 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 duty to guide you out.
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 only 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 THE LETTER WITH YOU. It is your TICKET for vaccination. Our nursing staff will not give flu vaccinations to anyone who attends without their letter. If you forget your letter, and depending on the time of day, you may have opportunity to go home to retrieve you 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.
So far as we know, as of 2/8/22, there is no delay on delivery of vaccine to the practice. If we are notified about a delay in delivery, and clinic gets pushed back to a later date, 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. If delays do happen, and we hope they don’t, you can watch our website for updates on flu clinic booking. 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.