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FLU IMMUNISATIONS

As you are aware the practice will not be carrying out you flu immunisations this year. Please do not call the practice to make flu appointments

Flu Call Centre –  0345 337 9899,    Email – Gram.flu-info@nhs.scot

Changes to flu vaccination programme across Grampian as Winter 2020 campaign gets underway

The way the flu vaccination is delivered in Grampian is set for significant change this year, as the location for immunisation shifts from GP practices to dedicated clinics.

In 2017, the Scottish Government and the Scottish General Practitioners Committee (SGPC) agreed vaccinations would move away from a model based on GP delivery to one based on NHS Board delivery through dedicated teams.

Dr Simon Hilton, Immunisation Co-ordinator for NHS Grampian said: “The biggest change will be that individuals who previously got their free flu vaccination from their GP will now be invited to attend a local vaccination clinic instead.

This also comes at a time where we anticipate the number of flu vaccinations to increase significantly, with additional groups being offered immunisation due to COVID-19.

Clinics will be set up in a number of locations across Grampian within secondary schools and community spaces such as sports halls, churches and any other large venues that can allow for social distancing. Measures will be put in place to ensure health and safety is priority.”

The following groups will be offered the flu vaccine, free of charge:

* Children aged 2-5
* School children in Primary 1-7
* Pregnant women
* Health Care workers
* Social care workers who provide direct care
* Unpaid carers
* 55-64 year olds
* Those over 65
* Anyone with an underlying medical condition such as asthma, COPD or diabetes
* Anyone who lives with someone who is in the shielding category

Dr Hilton added: “We always give very strong encouragement to people in those groups to come forward and get their flu vaccine. We are now living with a global pandemic, making it even more important that people in the at-risk groups are immunised. Flu adapts and changes constantly. It is not just a bad cold; it is a virus which can make people seriously ill and, unfortunately, claims lives every winter.”

Vaccinations will commence across Grampian from the end of September and the practical arrangements for delivering the vaccine are as follows:

* Pregnant women will be advised by their community midwife;
* Children aged 2-5, those over 65, and anyone with an underlying medical condition will be invited to attend a local clinic at a set date and time. That invitation will come to your home address in the next few weeks;
* School children in Primary 1-7; parents will be sent information and a consent form, and children will be vaccinated at school;
* Health & social care staff will be advised by their employers;
* If you are aged 55 – 64, you will receive an appointment letter in December.

If you are an unpaid carer, or you live with someone who was advised to shield as a result of COVID-19, and you wouldn’t normally get the flu jab, then you can contact the NHS Grampian flu helpline to arrange an appointment.

If you're aged 16 years or older, and not in one of the eligible groups, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.

To find if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine visit www.NHSinform.scot or call NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre 01224 555999.

 


baby_pointingDaily Duty Clinics

Either the Emergency Care Practitioners or specially trained Nurses Practitioners provide our same day consultations for a range of acute illnesses, e.g., sore throats, chest infections, sore ears, urine infections, skin problems, back pain and emergency contraception. They can issue prescritptions and always have a duty consultant GP working with them.

Minor Surgery Clinic

An appointment with the GP is required initially to arrange a referral to this clinic for a minor operation.

Well Woman Clinic

Offers well woman checks and advice, cervical smears  and hormone replacement checks.

pregnant3Family Planning Clinic

Nurse run clinic for all contraceptive advice/prescription including emergency contraception. Alternative is to make GP appointment.

Respiratory Clinic

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma are seen at this Clinic and are encouraged to attend our Flu Clinic in October/November each year for free flu vaccination. All patients with Asthma should have at least a yearly review.

Travel Clinic

Patients are asked to phone for an appointment at least eight weeks prior to departure as it is important that the date for your travel appointment is as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel, so that there is time for vaccination schedules and advice as appropriate. A thirty minute appointment is required for each person traveling, although a family of four attending together can be seen in two appointments as long as details are given on booking.

If going to remote parts of the world, eg, to do voluntary work/backpacking around various countries, you need as early an appointment as possible, eg, six months prior to travel, as schedules are more complicated. Find out more

Diabetic Clinic

All patients with diabetes will be invited to attend either The Maryhill Practice Diabetic Clinic or Dr Grays Hospital Diabetic Clinic.

 
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