Flu Vaccine for 50-64 years

The practice are now able to offer our patients aged between 50-64 years a flu vaccination, this includes patients who will be turning 50 by 31st March 2021.

To reduce the pressure on our daily appointments all our clinics will be Monday – Friday 18:00pm – 20:00 pm at both Chaddesden and Borrowash.

We will continue to open online appointment bookings as each clinic becomes full, if you have registered for online services please click this link and book your appointment.

If you are not registered for online services please ring our dedicated Flu telephone line on 01332 985024 between 13:30pm and 16:00pm PLEASE NOTE Your call will NOT be answered outside of these times. The phone line may be busy but please be patient and keep trying, your call will be answered. 

When you arrive for your appointment, patients are requested to:

  • NOT attend the appointment if you or anyone in your household has COVID19 symptoms, this includes if you have been told to isolate but have no symptoms. Please rebook online or via the telephone number above.
  • Please arrive for your appointment at the time you were given and try not to attend early.
  • Ensure you are wearing a face mask, face shield or covering that covers both your mouth and nose. This must be worn at all times.
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided when entering the building
  • Adhere to the one way system
    • Enter via the front door
    • Exit via the back door
  • You will be greeted by a member of staff who will direct you to where you need to go
  • To reduce the time spent with the clinician please wear a loose short sleeve top. To keep warm, wear a coat/jumper that can easily be removed to expose the upper arm. Vaccinations are usually given in the left arm.
  • Unfortunately due to time constraints we cannot discuss any other health issues at this appointment.

Thankyou for your continued support of the practice. Please keep safe.

The Partners would like to thank the clinical staff for, once again, kindly working these extra clinics outside of their normal working hours. 

DELAY IN e-CONSULTS

Update November 2020 – Due to an extremely high demand and volume of e-Consults we are receiving and multiple staff having to isolate due to COVID- 19 the processing and response will be delayed and could take upwards of 3 working days. We are also noticing patients submitting multiple e-consults – please note we will try our best to accomodate your queries but this is simply increasing the demand on a limited workforce. If your condition can be managed via self-care or the pharmacy, please consider these options first, or visit https://www.derbyandderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/staywellderbyshire/self-care/ Thank you for your patience during these challenging times.

Flu Vaccinations 2020

Flu Vaccination 2020

Patient information

This year because of COVID -19 we have had to change the way in which we operate our flu clinics. The team have been extremely busy trying to plan our clinics to ensure the safety of everyone, whilst at the same time dealing with the increased numbers of people we have to vaccinate so please be patient and work with us at this challenging time for everyone.

By choosing to have your flu Vaccination at the practice you are helping support the practice. Any profit from the flu vaccinations goes into developing patient services at the practice, so thank you for supporting your practice.

FLU SEASON AHEAD

Please follow the guidance below to help us to help you:

There are 2 different flu vaccinations for ADULTS

  • Flu vaccination for over 65’s 
  • Flu vaccination for under 65’s

Vaccinations for children will commence in October (Saturday afternoons)

We will be vaccinating the over 65’s first from mid-September due to COVID-19 affecting the elderly population

From the beginning of October we will start the ‘At risk’ under 65 vaccinations

You will be able to pre- book your appointment from 14th August. We will have appointments available up until December. We will send you regular text reminders.

We will be offering appointments at Chaddesden and Borrowash only.

All flu vaccinations will have to be pre-booked, no walk in appointments will be available

Chaddesden Surgery

We will be having a vaccination tent in the carpark, which we will be running all day Monday- Friday. We will also be running additional appointments on a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday mornings from the surgery building.

Borrowash Surgery

We will be offering flu jabs at the surgery on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. You will come in the front entrance, have your flu vaccination administered and leave the building via the back entrance.

Oakwood Surgery

This branch will remain closed for the time being .Oakwood Patients can be seen at Chaddesden or Borrowash surgeries.

University Surgery

University patients will be contacted later.

Care Homes

The practice will be arranging flu vaccinations for all of their patients in care homes.

Housebound patients

Patients who are truly housebound can book on a home visiting list. We will contact you to let you know when we will be visiting.
Due to the increased amount of home visits, we ask that access to the property is made easily and patients are ready to be vaccinated to reduce time and risk for both the patient and clinician.

All staff will be wearing full PPE to protect you and them

Face coverings will be required to be worn by all patients receiving a flu vaccination

Attending a flu vaccination appointment

  • If you have an appointment at the surgery, please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment. This is to ensure that we adhere to strict social distancing laws and have time to clean down properly between each patient. 
  • Please think about what you should wear. We need to get to the top of your arm. Please be ready with your arm exposed so we can immunise you as speedily as possible 
  • Attend alone or with only 1 carer/parent if you are unable to attend only

If you are unwell and have any signs of COVID- 19 such as a fever and/or a persistent cough- do not attend, we can re-book your appointment at a later date.

By working together we will try to help as many patients as possible alongside keeping everyone safe during the pandemic.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation

The Partners

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE OVER 65 YEARS (ATIV) FLU VACCINE

 Why is it important to get vaccinated against the flu?

Flu related illness is a major problem, particularly for people ages over 65 years, and can lead to complications, hospitalisation or even death. From 2014 to 2019, an average of up to 17,000 annual deaths (between 1,692 and 28,330) in England were attributed to flu. If you have an underlying health condition such as chronic hear, kidney, liver or respiratory disease the flu may make your condition worse.

As the flu virus changes every year, it is important to get vaccinated every winter.

What is aTIV?

As you get older, your immune system gets weaker- aTIV is a flu vaccine that specifically helps to protect those aged 65 years and over. aTIV is one of the flu vaccines recommended as being suitable for you by the NHS for the 2020/2021 flu season.

Does aTIV cause any side effects?

Like all vaccines, aTIV can cause side effects. Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within 1 to 2 days.

Very Common Side Effects

  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Pain and/or tenderness at the injection site

Common Side Effects

  • Redness, swelling, bruising, hardness at or close to the injection site.
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Fever, generally feeling unwell, shivering

aTIV contains inactivated virus parts, which cannot cause the flu.

Flu vaccines do not protect against the common cold, which has similar symptoms to the flu.

 What should I do in case of any unexpected side effects?

If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk – by reporting side affects you can help provide more on the safety of this medicine.

This leaflet should be read in conjunction with the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) available at: www.medicines.org.uk/emc  

Changes to shielding guidance Update from 8th July 2020

The government has made some changes to its guidance for people who are shielding because the transmission of COVID-19 in the community has gone down.

A summary of the changes from 6 July are:

  • you no longer need to socially distance from people you live with
  • if you want to, you can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from other households
  • you may also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you want to, but one of the households in the ‘support bubble’ should be a single adult household (either an adult living alone or with children under 18 only). You can all spend time together outside and inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance
  • the government support offer has been extended: you can still get a food box, care and/or medicine delivery until 31 July if you want them, and have registered online by 17 July. If you have been recently advised to shield there is more information on the page below outlining on the support available to you below
  • the latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low. All children and young people should continue to shield until 31 July. A clinical discussion with your paediatric specialist or GP will be needed before any child or young person is removed from the shielded patient list. Health services will be in touch with children and their families over the summer, ahead of the new school term, to discuss what the new evidence means for them personally in the longer term. Families, carers and young people do not need to make immediate contact

What will change from 1 August

From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.

This means:

  • the government will no longer be advising you to shield
  • the support from the National Shielding Service of free food parcels, medicine deliveries and care will stop
  • NHS Volunteer Responders will carry on delivering the food you buy, prescriptions and essential items to you if you need it
  • you will still be eligible for priority supermarket slots (if you have registered by 17 July)

You may still be at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so stay at home as much as you can and continue to take precautions when you do go out. You can do this by washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and keeping 2 metres away from people outside of your household or bubble wherever possible.

From 1 August, you’ll be advised you could go out to more places and see more people, for example, the advice is:

  • you can go to work, as long as the workplace is COVID-secure – but carry on working from home if you can
  • children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
  • you can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise – keeping 2 metres away wherever possible

This guidance will be updated with these changes on 1 August.

Click this link for the full guidance for Shielding and extremely vulnerable (including advise on Young people shielding)

Latest COVID-19 Information

Sept 2020 Covid19 FAQs

As summer ends and we approach autumn and winter, the season for coughs and colds is upon us, especially now that schools have reopened. We have noticed the inevitable confusion and uncertainty that the Covid19 pandemic brings when it comes to knowing what the cause of that new cough or fever is, as seen in the rising numbers of calls we are getting from concerned patients, parents and carers.

We hope the following Q&A is helpful – some of these are real questions asked by patients.

Q: How do I get a Covid19 test?
A: Ring 119 or visit https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/name
Or
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Q: I have a new cough but no fever or changes in smell or taste – it can’t be Covid, can it?
A: The current Government guidelines are ANY of new persistent cough OR fever OR change smell/taste. You do not have to have all three or any combination.

YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD MUST ISOLATE AND ARRANGE A TEST. YOU MUST NOT GO TO WORK, AND CHILDREN MUST NOT ATTEND SCHOOL – UNTIL EITHER A NEGATIVE SWAB RESULT IS RECEIVED, OR THE FEVER SETTLES.

Q: Why do I have to isolate? I feel fine otherwise! I’m sure it’s not that “Covid cough or fever”
A: Isolation helps to stop the spread of the virus, and prevents infecting others – some of our patient population may have weakened immune systems and are therefore more vulnerable to serious ill health consequences from Covid19. You MUST isolate if you have any symptoms of possible Covid19, and you must not wait for a test before doing so.

Q: Is there a cure for Covid19?
A: At present, there is no cure for the virus, nor is there a vaccine yet. For most cases, treatment is supportive – rest, fluids, managing the fever. Antibiotics don’t treat viruses. In more severe cases, hospital admission may be required for more intensive medical support and treatment eg fluids, oxygen, ventilation. The annual flu vaccine does not protect you from Covid19 .

Q: I have a number of health problems. My employer wants to know if I am at risk and what do I do with work?
A: It is your employer’s responsibility, not your GP, to make any relevant work related risk assessment. Employers should refer you to their occupational health teams if they are unsure.

Q: Do I need a sick note if isolating?
A: You do not need a doctor’s sick note and GPs will not be issuing these. If your employer requires a note, you can download one from https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Q: How do you know if my cough is covid? It feels like my asthma/COPD, flu or common cold! I’m sure I just need some antibiotics.
A: It is difficult to tell, in both adults and children, if your cough or fever is related to covid or something else. We appreciate that there are difficult consequences of needing to isolate and the difficulties of getting a test (both of which are beyond our control).

Antibiotics do not work for viral illnesses and most viral coughs and fevers are self-limiting and need supportive care. However if the symptoms worsen or do not improve then you still need to arrange a clinical assessment.

It may be tempting to be persuaded that the cough or fever is due to something else other than Covid19 but we would urge you to please remember that we all have a public health obligation and duty to do the right thing – isolate, arrange a test and stay safe.

Finally, we are open as usual for your health needs but please respect the public health guidelines and be kind to the clinicians and team members who may advice you to self-isolate and arrange a test – we are adhering to Government guidance and would advice everybody to do the same.

FACE MASK/COVERING – From 24th July 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business. If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons please download an exemption card via this link. The surgery is unable to provide you with an exemption letter or certificate

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We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that continues to protect our communities and our NHS.

The government has published guidance on staying alert and staying safe outside your home. This page sets out key FAQs to cover the next set of changes planned for 4 July. FAQs on the rules before 4 July are available here.

This guidance applies in England – people in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

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