We will be starting this year’s flu campaign on Saturday 24th September for group 1 and 29th October for group 2. You will receive an invite at the end of August if in first group or end of September for the second group.
Dates will be posted when invites go out. Appointments will be bookable on-line.
Please do not contact us now to book your flu vaccination, we will let you know when our appointments are available to book
Those eligible for NHS flu vaccine in 2022/23 are:
Initial group for vaccination:
those aged 65 years and over
those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
all children aged 2 - 3 on 31 August 2022
people with Learning Disability
those in long-stay residential care homes
household members of immunocompromised individuals
2nd group for vaccination:
50 to 64 year olds not in clinical risk groups (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2023)
All children older than 3 years will be vaccinated by the school vaccination team. At risk children can be vaccinated here at surgery or school.
Discharge grants available to help people home from hospital
One-off grants of up to £1,200 are available in BNSSG to help people stay well at home following a hospital stay.
The discharge support grant scheme aims to help improve ‘flow’ through local hospitals and free up beds for those who are medically unwell, by supporting carers, families, friends or voluntary supporters with minor costs associated with keeping a loved one well at home following their discharge.
can be used to support costs including childcare support, pet care and equipment. Funding can also pay for short-term personal care from a self-employed personal assistant, to help with day-to-day activities. It may be possible for a family member or friend to be supported to provide personal care.
We're expecting high temperatures for the next few days. Hot and humid weather can increase your risk of dehydration.
Drink fluids when you feel any dehydration symptoms. You should drink enough during the day so your pee is a pale clear colour.
Tips for coping in hot weather:
Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
Stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
If you are going into open water to cool down, take care and follow local safety advice
A new confidential messaging service called ChatHealth has been launched to enable 11–19 year old's to text a school nurse when they need support.
We would like to ask all visitors to the Health Centre to support us in continuing to wear masks and socially distance whilst in the building. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, we have a lot of vulnerable people who visit us for various treatments and despite immunisation they remain at risk from Covid infections. Secondly, we need you to help keep all our staff safe from infection as the requirement to self-isolate could put our staying open in jeopardy if enough staff are affected at one time. All our frontline staff are double-immunised and we will continue to wear masks and take precautions not to get infected and become infectious. We hope you will help us to continue to keep everyone safe by wearing a mask and social-distancing in the building.
Latest guidance for:
From 1 April, free COVID-19 testing will be available for people with symptoms if they are;
patients in hospital
eligible for treatments because they are at higher risk of getting seriously ill
living or working in high-risk settings such as care homes or the NHS.
Find out more about the testing update;
SPRING BOOSTER UPDATE
***There is no need to contact the surgery. The NHS will contact eligible people to invite them to book an appointment.****
Spring boosters are now available to people who are at greatest risk from COVID-19 infection.
Everyone aged 75 and over, people who live in care homes for older people, and people aged 12 and over with a weakened immune system will be offered a booster in the latest phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
The NHS will contact eligible people to invite them to book an appointment.
for more information on Covid-19 vaccinations in our area.
If you initially declined the COVID-19 vaccine but you have now changed your mind, you can still book an appointment to get your vaccine.
Please can we ask if you have an appointment at the surgery you come on your own, unless you are Under 16 or need a carer/assistance. The waiting area needs to maintain social distancing and with extra people in the surgery this is making it difficult.
Thank you for your understanding.
Here are some useful helpline phone numbers for those in need.
The GP extraction has been delayed to 01/09/2021 to give patients time to consider if they want their data shared this way.
If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.
Useful links for support during Coronavirus:
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’.
YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus.
Icon Babies cry: You can cope.
SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID.
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(Site updated 12/08/2022)