Redwood House Flu clinics 2020
We now have notification of when our 2020 Flu Vaccines will be delivered to the surgery, therefore we are now able to plan specific flu clinic dates in relation to our vaccine delivery dates.
This year due to COVID 19 we will be running our flu clinics differently. We will be offering a PRE BOOKABLE timed appointment system ONLY to enable social distancing to keep you, our GPs and surgery staff safe.
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE BEFORE YOU ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT.
FLU CLINIC DATES
We have no run out of flu vaccine for the under 65 age group and will not be receiving any more. If you are high risk or in the 50-64 year age group, you may wish to try a pharmacy to see if they have any stock left.
If you are housebound, and haven't been contacted by the practice please let us know.
How will you offer my flu vaccine to me safely this year?
We will also be running drive through flu clinics at Redwood House specifically for Shielded patients and their family members alongside normal flu clinics.
However, due to the ongoing threat of COVID 19, we will not be offering a walk in flu clinic as normal. ALL appointments will be a pre booked appointment with a specific appointment time given to you.
Redwood House Surgery is part of the Maidenhead Primary Care Network (PCN), along with other local surgeries we will be using the drive through flu clinics operating from the MAGNET leisure centre car park on specific dates allocated to Redwood House Surgery.
We will also have a few on the day appointments available each day available by booking with a receptionist on the day.
Will you let me know if I am eligible?
We will NOT be sending out letters to patients to help minimise waste and the impact on our environment; it also helps to reduce administration at the practice. You will receive a text message to your mobile phone promoting the clinic and requesting that you telephone the surgery and book your TIMED appointment.
If your contact details have changed in the last year please update us so that you can take advantage of this service or you will not receive your text invitation.
We are following the government cohort guidance and prioritising groups starting with Shielded patients, then shielded patient families, then the at risk groups, Carers, etc.
Housebound patients will be vaccinated as well in due course, if you think you are eligible for a house bound flu vaccine AND have NO family member who can bring you to the surgery please ring the surgery and speak to the receptionist.
What about my child?
Children will be vaccinated inside the surgery as usual.
Only one adult and the child who will be vaccinated to attend the appointment only. Please use a face mask, wash your hands and use your own bathroom before you come to the surgery.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old or 11 to 17 years and is in a high-risk group for flu, they will be offered the nasal spray. Some children over the age of two who are in a high-risk group may need to have an injected vaccine if the nasal spray vaccine is not suitable for them.
Children in primary school and in Year 7 will receive the vaccines via the school ONLY.
Attending your booked appointment - IMPORTANT Information to READ before your appointment.
Please follow the instructions of the staff who are supervising the Flu clinics – they are following COVID 19 guidance and for your safety.
Your attendance at the clinic implies you have given your consent and are happy to receive the flu vaccine; we will ask your name, date of birth and how old are you today at your appointment.
If you are attending a drive through Flu clinic or attending the surgery clinic, you MUST
- You should wear a face mask or covering unless you have a valid reason not to.
- Attend at the exact time given to you; otherwise you will miss your allocated vaccine appointment. It will be challenging to run the clinics this year and delays will cause disruption in surgery and locally.
- Please do not arrive for your appointment any earlier or later as we have allocated a strict number of patients per clinic to ensure you are queuing for the minimum amount of time, social distancing is maintained and we have the vaccine ready for you.
- REDWOOD SURGERY CAR PARK - If you are attending a drive in appointment at REDWOOD, you MUST turn left into the car park and you MUST exit left out of the car park. This is to minimise local traffic congestion outside the surgery and Highfield Lane junction. The Magnet car park has traffic flow lanes so will be easier to manage.
- If you have a severe allergy to eggs or have reacted in the past to the flu vaccine, please make sure you let the clinician know before you have your vaccine.
- Wear short sleeves so the clinician can vaccinate you easily, otherwise you may miss your allocated time slot. Remove coats, jumpers, layers before leaving the house.
- Wash your hands and go to the bathroom at home before you leave as there are no toilet facilities.
- There will be no chairs available to sit while waiting. If you think you will struggle with this, please speak to the queue supervisor on arrival.
- Please attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising
- We encourage you not to touch anything whilst you are with us. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use should you wish to.
Do not attend if you have COVID symptoms
Do not attend if you are isolating or in quarantine according to Government Guidelines
Please remember to cancel your appointment if you are no longer able to attend.
How do I decline?
If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine this year PLEASE tell us, otherwise we will continue to text you.
You can send an email to decline if that’s easier so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it: This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccine supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand.
If you change your mind later in the year, you are welcome to ask for the vaccine, but we cannot guarantee to still have supplies.
What are the side effects from the flu vaccine?
Please see this website for the most up to date information regarding side effects: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-vaccine-side-effects/
Flu 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions
I am aged 50-64; what about me?
More information will be available to the 50-64 ‘newly eligible’ patients later in the autumn. If you do not have a long term condition, you shall only become eligible later in the season. We will text you when further details are announced from the government, so please let us know if you recently changed your mobile number. Details will also be on our website and Twitter. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you're aged 50 to 64 but also in another at-risk group and eligible for a vaccine, you will receive a
TEXT or Telephone call inviting you to book your appointment as soon as appropriate.
Why does Redwood House Surgery offer flu vaccines later than the Pharmacies or bigger practices?
We order your flu vaccines in December 2019 and January 2020; unfortunately Pharmacies always receive their vaccine supplies many weeks before surgeries do and will receive large quantities of flu vaccines in one delivery.
We receive notification in early September 2020 of when Redwood House Surgery vaccine delivery dates will be.
Redwood House Surgery will receive smaller vaccine stock deliveries starting 28th September through to Mid-November. The deliveries will be a mixture of over and under 65 vaccines. Under 18 children’s flu is limited to a small number of weekly deliveries.
Logistically, a lot of planning is needed to coordinate clinics, patients, vaccines and clinical staff to offer flu clinic dates in advance.
COVID 19, this year has also offered other challenges and risks to consider.
Does it matter if I have a flu vaccine elsewhere?
You have patient choice and you can have a flu vaccine elsewhere if you wish.
We have not asked ANY pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf.
However, we have full access to your medical record and history and will record vital information such as the batch number of your vaccine.
Redwood House Surgery pays upfront to ensure all of our at risk patients has a vaccination available to them which involves a financial cost to the practice.
We are only reimbursed for the vaccine cost if your vaccine is administered at the surgery.
Every year NHS England sets a target for flu vaccinations for at risk groups and each year we commit to supporting you and your family to stay well.
How will I know about further flu clinics, over 50’s Flu and any important changes?
We will endeavour to keep our patients up to date through our website www.redwoodhousesurgery.co.uk and our Twitter account @Redwoodsurgery
along with notices displayed at the surgery.
Dr Ahmed and Dr Shaik and ALL the staff at Redwood House Surgery.
Who will be eligible for the free flu jab this coming winter?
Redwood House Surgery will vaccinate all 2 and 3 year olds and children in the ‘at risk’ groups aged 11 to 17
At Risk Categories: Patients aged from 6 months to less than 65 years of age with a serious medical condition such as:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease at stage 3, 4 or 5
- Chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability
- Patient with Splenic dysfunction or no spleen
- Weakened immune system due to disease (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, HIV) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- Morbidly obese defined as Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 and above
- All pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
- household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable.
- people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality.