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FLU Vaccinations 2020/21

Our vaccinations will be arriving after the 18th September and clinics will start the following week. We are not booking appointments until they arrive. Due to keeping everyone safe by social distancing the clinics will be very different this year and it will take us longer to get those aged 65 and above as well as patients in an at risk group vaccinated. Please come at the time specified and dress appropriately so that the clinicians have easy access to your arm.

Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group 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. 

A&E Attendance

A&E - IS YOUR ATTENDANCE APPROPRIATE?

Over 200 attendances by patients registered at this practice are recorded by A&E departments every month - and many of these could be avoided. 

Are you aware that there are alternatives available?

Did you know that:

Our reception team is available from 8:00am to 6:30pm every weekday and will route your call to your own GP or the duty GP who may give advice over the phone or invite you to attend the surgery for a same-day appointment.  This is often quicker than attending A&E.  Tel:  01444 233450

The practice has two emergency surgeries every weekday for acute medical problems.

GPs can, where appropriate, access suitable alternative pathways on your behalf.

For certain conditions, the GP may advise that an A&E attendance is appropriate.

111 (the local out-of-hours service) is available outside of surgery times and at weekends and you will be given medical advice over the phone, offered the opportunity to attend the Avenue Surgery for a consultation or where necessary, a GP will make a domicillary visit.  Tel:  111.

Self-Care - Many everyday illnesses can be managed at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.   

Pharmacy First - For medicines advice and minor ailments you can have a chat with your pharmacist.  Pharmacists are qualified to give you free, expert advice and you don't need an appointment.  It can be cheaper to buy medicines direct from the chemist than to be prescribed them by your GP.

If you would like a leaflet on self-care, please call into one of our sites and ask at reception.  Alternatively follow the links below:

 

http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/files/2012/02/Keep-warm-keep-well1.pdf 

  

So before you attend A&E please stop to think - is this the most appropriate way for me to be treated?  

 

 



 
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