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Practice Closures for May Bank Holidays

Please be aware that GP Practices will be closed for the May Bank Holiday on Monday 3rd May and the Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 31st May. If you need medical advice during this period you can: Visit your pharmacy – Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Visit nhs.uk to find a pharmacy open near you. Use NHS 111 – If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you can access either online or by calling 111 from your landline or mobile (all calls are free). Dial 999 – for a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and/or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped dial 999.
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Practice Closure for Easter Bank Holiday

Please be aware that GP Practices close for the Easter Bank Holidays which are on Friday 2nd April (Good Friday) and Monday 5th April (Bank Holiday Monday).

If you need medical advice during this period you can:

Visit your pharmacy – Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Visit nhs.uk to find a pharmacy open near you.

Use NHS 111 – If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you can access either online or by calling 111 from your landline or mobile (all calls are free).

Dial 999 – for a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and/or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped dial 999.

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The National Flu Campaign 2020-21

The biggest influenza vaccination programme ever planned started in September 2020. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Flu campaign is much more challenging to deliver than in previous years.

Those most at risk of flu are also most vulnerable to Covid-19.
If you are aged over 65 or are under 65 with long term health conditions, we urge you to contact the surgery on 01283 790316:

  • to book an appointment for your flu vaccination
  • or let us know if you wish to decline your flu vaccination

As a reminder, below is a list of patients who are eligible for the NHS Flu vaccination:

  • All patients aged 65 and over on 31 March 2021 (i.e. born on or before 31 March 1956)
  • Pregnant women
  • All patients aged six months to 64 years in the usual at risk groups – chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, liver, neurological diseases and diabetes, people on immune suppressants, and absence or dysfunction of the spleen (includes coeliac disease)
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals     
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider
  • Children aged  two to ten on 31 August 2020 – school aged children will be vaccinated in school

This year the list of eligible people has been expanded to include:

  • Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List. These are people sharing living accomodation and therefore in close contact with a shielded person on most days over the winter
  • Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
  • All patients aged 50-64 years of age
    Please note that the Government plans that the 50-64 year age group will be vaccinated in November and December. No further details are available yet
  • Children of Year 7 age in secondary schools (aged 11 on 31 August 2020)

You can be reassured that we are delivering the Flu vaccination programme in line with infection prevention and control guidance.

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