IMPORTANT INFORMATION
St Luke’s Medical Practice
2020 Flu Clinics

This year, NHS Lanarkshire is delivering the flu vaccination to everyone who is eligible. This is more than 300,000 people.

The Scottish Government guidance asked NHS Lanarkshire to deliver the vaccination programme instead of GP practices.

The programme this year will build on what was achieved last year, but will be delivered differently to take into account covid-19 guidelines – for example, physical distancing.

What’s happening in Lanarkshire?
Due to the number of people to be vaccinated, appointments will be allocated at local community clinics. These include both health and non-health premises.

Details of cohorts to be vaccinated:

Cohort and Timescale to be vaccinated
2 to 5 years (not yet in school) - October and November

Everyone aged under 65 at risk - October and November

Everyone aged 65 and over - October and November

People who have been shielding and members of their households - December

55 to 64 years (who are not otherwise eligible, if vaccine supplies allow)-December

Pregnant women - At their midwife appointment

Primary school children - At school

NHS staff and social care staff with direct patient care- Through their workplace

**Frequently asked questions**

Q. When I will hear about my flu vaccination? I’m worried as I’ve not heard yet?

A. All flu immunisations are being delivered by NHS Lanarkshire this year. GP practices are working with the health board to identify everyone who is eligible for the flu vaccination.

Invites to attend will begin to arrive with patients from week commencing 21 September. There are more than 300,000 patients who need to be invited. The scheduling means you may not get your invite at the same time as others in your practice / community but you will get an invite.

You may receive your invite at a different time than you normally do. We can’t tell you exactly when, but you will receive one.

Q. I don’t know if I am meant to get a flu vaccination?

A. Anyone who falls into the following groups has been identified as someone who should receive the flu vaccination :-

* 2 to 5 years (not yet in school)

* Everyone aged under 65 at risk

* Everyone aged 65 and over

* People who have been shielding and members of their households

* 55 to 64 years (who are not otherwise eligible, if vaccine supplies allow later in the programme)

Q. I got an invite but I’ve lost it and can’t remember when or when my appointment is?

A. Don’t worry. You can call 01698 687456 (Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 4.15pm) and they will be able to help you.

Q. I got an invite but the appointment does not suit?

A. With more than 300,000 people to vaccinate NHS Lanarkshire is asking people, where possible, to attend their initial appointment. If, however, this is really not possible please call the number on the invite to rearrange. This number is 01698 687456 (Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 4.15pm).

A. I’ve just realised I forgot to attend my vaccination appointment?

Q. Don’t worry everyone understands this can happen. Anyone who did not attend (and did not cancel / change) their first appointment will receive a further invite. Please attend this as getting your vaccinations is very important to keep you, your community and the NHS safe.

Q. I know I won’t get my invite because you have the wrong address

A. Please make sure that the practice has your current address. Your invite will go to previous address held and if you do not have arrangements in place to redirect mail then you should call 01698 687456 (Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 4.15pm). If you have arrangements in place then no need to worry.

Q. I don’t want to go to the clinic – I just want to come to the GP practice?

A. We appreciate that this is different to previous years, but this is what is happening across Scotland. It means the GP practice team can focus on other important areas of providing care while you still get your important vaccination.

Q. Where will the clinics take place for St Luke’s Medical Practice?

A. You will be invited to attend a clinic held at Carluke Community Health Centre

Q. When will the clinics take place?

A. The initial flu clinics for St Luke’s patients will take place between 3rd October - 11th November 2020

Q. I don’t want to go to the clinic because of the venue / location

A. Locations need to be suitable to deliver the vaccine to large numbers, especially with the guidelines around physical distancing.

Q. I don’t want to go to a large clinic because of covid-19

A. Please be assured that the clinics will be set up and run following strict infection prevention and control guidelines. Physical distancing and hand hygiene measures will be in place and staff will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Q. Do I need to wear a face covering when I attend?

A. Yes. This is the same as attending any other medical appointment or indoor space. Please wear a face covering for the entire time you are inside, unless you are exempt.

Q. I’m housebound – how will I get my flu vaccine?

A. The practice is liaising with the district nursing team to make sure you get your flu vaccine as you usually do.

Q. I'm a carer, how do I get my vaccine?

A. If the practice is aware that you are an unpaid carer, you will receive a letter in the post. If you are unsure if the practice has you recorded as a carer, please let us know. Paid carers will get their flu immunisation through their workplace.

More information
There is a dedicated web page www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/flu. Information is also regularly published on NHS Lanarkshire’s social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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