Flu Vaccination Season – 2020/21 at The Three Spires Medical Practice
The practice has started its annual flu campaign and this year’s flu clinic dates are:
Saturday 12th September
Saturday 26th September
Sunday 27th September
Saturday 24th October
Sunday 25th October
If you fall into the eligible criteria, you will receive an invite to book your flu vaccination. When you receive this, please contact the practice on 01872 272272 to book an appointment on one of the dates above. When booking your appointment please inform the receptionist if you have any mobility issues or are a shielding patient. Please ring after 2pm to make your appointment and bear with us as the phone lines can be extremely busy.
Due to Covid19 and the expansion of the flu programme this year, our clinics will be operating differently, this is to protect the patients and staff and we would ask for your full cooperation to ensure their success.
Important: please read this before you attend for your flu appointment.
**An appointment is required for ALL clinics, we do not offer a walk in clinic**
For our weekend clinics, you will be given a 5 minute vaccine window time with several other patients as we have up to 8 staff vaccinating at the same time.
Please wear a mask and arrive as near to your appointment as possible. Come alone where appropriate and do not attend if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid19.
The weekend clinics are fast moving clinics and we will be operating a one way system around Truro Health Park which will be different to previous years.
Please come to the main Truro Health Park entrance (next to Boots Pharmacy). You will check in with a receptionist at the entrance where you will also have your temperature checked. You will be directed down the corridor to the GP Practice end and asked to wait in a queue for your appointment. Please wear a short sleeved top and remove coats/jumpers/jackets. When the clinician is ready, you will be called through the double doors next to Lander Medical Practice reception desk and your details checked by the clinician administering the flu jab. The clinician will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Once you have had your vaccine you will be directed back out through The Three Spires Medical Practice side and will need to leave via the Thomas Daniell exit downstairs on the Lower Ground Floor. If you have parked in the car park you will need to walk back around the outside of the building so please bring an umbrella just in case.
We will not be dealing with any general queries during flu clinics.
If you do not want to have the flu vaccination this year 2020/21 - please let the practice know by telephoning us on 01872 272272.
Flu jabs for shielding patients or patients attending with mobility issues
If you have been shielding due to Covid19 or have a mobility issue, please can you inform the receptionist when you book your appointment. We will be operating a drive through clinic in the carpark at Truro Health Park on the Sundays listed above and the receptionist will give you instruction about this at the time of booking.
Flu jabs for patients that are housebound
If you are housebound and would like a nurse to visit to administer your vaccination please contact the practice on 01872 272272. You will be added to a waiting list and we will contact with a date for the nurse to attend.
Groups included in the national flu immunisation programme 2020/2021
In 2020/21, flu vaccinations will be offered under the NHS flu vaccination programme to the following groups:
- all children aged two to eleven (but not twelve years or older) on 31 August 2020
- people aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
- those aged from six months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group such as those with:
- 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 three, four or five
- chronic liver disease
- chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
- learning disability
- splenic dysfunction or asplenia
- a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
- morbidly obese (defined as 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. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7).
- those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
- health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users.