This year it truly is a CAMPAIGN. The biggest influenza vaccination programme ever planned will be starting in September 2020, and with the Covid-19 pandemic very much with us, will be much more challenging to deliver than in previous years. The first session dates are September 5th and 12th and October 10th and will take place at the Barton Family Practice site.
Those most at risk of flu are also most vulnerable to Covid-19. Therefore, we will be starting with patients aged over 65 on the NHS Shielding Patient List before moving on to the other patient groups. We shall be contacting shielding patients, but others should call the surgery to book an appointment. As a reminder, below is a list of those patients that are eligible for the NHS programme:
This year the list of eligible people has been expanded to include:
If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact the surgery. Note that the Government plans that the 50-64 year age group will be vaccinated in November and December.
You can be reassured that we shall be delivering the programme in line with infection prevention and control guidance. We shall be maintaining social distancing and hygiene measures so please try to adhere to the following:
Please remember that anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who is self-isolating because they are confirmed COVID-19 cases or are contacts of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, should not attend until they have recovered and completed the required isolation period.
We are confident, that if we all follow the above measures, we can have a safe and efficiently run flu campaign. This is obviously to everyone’s benefit, and I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We are thrilled to announce that Drs Hannah Missen and Stuart Simon have joined the Practice as partners. They were both trainee GPs at Barton and we have got to know them well. They bring enthusiasm, new ideas and a passion for caring for patients to the team. We are really happy that they are staying on, and wish them a long and fulfilling career at Barton.
Best wishes from Barton Family Practice and Stay Safe.