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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 – 01224 555999,    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.

 


SELF CARE

coldWe are keen to help patients and empower them to find good evidenced based information on how to manage their illness or medical condition.

Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.

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 Resources

Sexual health advice and information

Contraception advice and shared experiences for young women

ins and outs

Use the Patient.co.uk website for accurate and helpful information.

 

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Back and Joint Pain

NHS Physiotherapy                                                                        

Self referrals will now be handled by telephone.  The service is operated by the Musculoskeletal Assessment & Triage Service (MATS) which is hosted by NHS24 and the telephone number is: 0800 917 9390. The MSK link opposite provides all the information you will need to manage back or joint pain, including exercise videos.

 

 

 

Smoking Advice Service

NHS Grampian's Smoking Advice Service offers help to anyone who wants to, or who is considering, giving up smoking.  We have a team of eight advisors working across Grampian who provide a friendly, person-centred and non-judgemental service.  

Contact


If you would like our support to help you become smokefree, or for general information and advice, please contact us by:

  • Freephone 0500 600 332 (calls from mobiles may be charged) Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
  • Text 'ADVICE' to 82727
  • E-mail: grampiansas@nhs.net
 

 

 

Mental Health  

dbi

Distress Brief Interventions (DBIs) are an innovative way of supporting people in distress.

The need to improve the response to people presenting in distress has been strongly advocated by people who have experience of distress and by front line service providers, resulting in the DBI pilot.

DBI consists of two parts, with part 1 seeing trained front-line health, police, paramedic and primary care staff help ease any individual.  They then ask the person if they would like further support and, if they agree, they are referred to the DBI service with a promise of contact within the next 24 hours to start providing further face-to-face support.

Part 2 is provided by commissioned and trained third sector staff who contact the person within 24-hours of referral and provide community-based problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning, supported connections and signposting.

  Living Life to the Full (LLTTF) is a free self-help approach for managing stress, anxiety, low mood and mild to moderate depression. LLTTF takes a good practice evidence based approach and is based upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.

 MoodJuice:This site is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Emotional problems are often the mind and body’s way of saying that something needs to be changed in our life.

 



 
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