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Flu Update October

Please find attached information regarding this years flu vaccines. At the moment we are not vaccinating 50-64 year olds unless you are in an at risk group. We will contact you when we have had further information regarding this vaccine as soon as we here from NHSE.

Flu Vaccine Information

End of Life Care - Patient Survey October 2020

The Joined Up Care Derbyshire Strategy are asking for feedback from end of life patients, their families and carers regarding their end of life care. We appreciate if you could follow the link, all feedback will be anonymous: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z9BL8ZP

21.09.2020 COVID Testing information for patients

 

At a glance

 

Supply for COVID-19 tests is not currently meeting demand.  There are things you can do to help:

 

·         Only book a test if you or someone you care for has specific symptoms of COVID-19

·         To book a test(s) please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 119

·         DO NOT phone NHS 111, your GP surgery or visit your Emergency Department, as they have no access to tests

·         Testing centres are not walk-in – you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one

·         If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you keep trying the website address as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again

 

The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713

 

Flu vaccines 2020: We are now taking bookings for flu injections. If you are eligible please telephone the surgery to book into one of our flu clinics. If you do not wish to have the vaccine please could you still contact to let us know so we can take you off our list.

Please be aware that our flu clinics will run slightly differently this year to ensure social distancing is maintained. You may be asked to wait outside or in your car. You will be required to wear a mask unless you are exempt. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing to ensure the vaccine can be given to you ask quick as possible. A one way system will be in operation at the practice. You will be asked to stand to have the vaccine unless you are unable.

Thank you all for your continued cooperation.

 

We are unable to produce any letters for patients regarding exemptions to wearing a face covering. Please follow the clearly defined government guidelines. Face coverings on Public Transport, Shops and Supermarkets

From 17th July due to an increase in demand if you need to speak to a doctor please call before 11.00am. After this time we will only be able to deal with calls of an urgent clinical need. We are still operating a telephone triage service so please only attend the practice if you have an agreed booked appointment.

Flu


DON’T underestimate the risks of FLU


SHOULD YOU BOOK A FLU JAB TODAY?


WHY IS FLU SERIOUS FOR SOME PEOPLE?



  • Many people think flu is just a bad cold, but it isn’t – flu can develop into more serious illnesses, such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could lead to a stay in hospital or even death in some cases.

  • The number of deaths from flu varies each year – in the UK it can be as high as 10,000, but has reached more than 20,000 in a flu epidemic year.

  • Although many people say they rarely get flu, each year around 15 – 20% of people in the UK are infected.

  • Flu spreads easily – flu viruses can survive as particles in the air, or on surfaces such as door handles for several hours. So one person with flu can infect many others.


The Department of Health recommends flu vaccination if you are:



  • Pregnant

  • Aged 65 or over

  • A person with diabetes

  • A person with a BMI of 40 or over


Or if you have a long term condition of the



  • Lungs, e.g. asthma or COPD

  • Heart

  • Brain or nervous system

  • Kidneys

  • Liver

  • Immune System

  • Spleen


The Department of Health advise vaccination to be your best option for protection, so if you’re in one of the groups listed above, don’t underestimate flu – book your jab today or talk to our staff for more information.


Did you know?



  • People with flu can spread it to others up to 6 feet away

  • During flu season, a cubic metre of air may contain around 16,000 flu viruses

  • People coughing, talking and exhaling can project flu particles into the air.

  • Flu viruses can survive as droplets in the air for several hours.



 
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